As a senior citizen, do you worry about the wellbeing of your pet after you can no longer serve as its primary caregiver?
In this article, Charlie’s Treats Bakery suggests some possible options for pet care and how you can ensure your pet continues to have a great life, even when you are no longer able to provide for it as a senior citizen.
Consider Friends and Family Members
The former pets of senior citizens most often end up with friends or family members when pet care becomes difficult or impossible for the original owner. If you are concerned about your ability to care for your loved one, speak with your children, grandchildren, friends, siblings, or cousins about possible pet care. It’s also a good idea to put it in writing, perhaps in the form of a will. You may even be able to organize a system in which you are still able to visit your pet often, or have the ability to hold onto your animal as long as possible — knowing he or she will have a home when the time comes.
Speak With Your Local Humane Society
If you don’t have any family or friends able to care for your pet, consider meeting with experts at your local humane society. They may know about community outreach programs or shelters that will work for your pet, if necessary. There are certain things you need to ask if you plan on trusting a shelter with your pet. First, what are the living conditions like? Second, is the shelter no-kill? Never put your pet in a kill shelter. This means, if too much time passes before adoption, your pet could be put down.
You should only consider putting your pet in a shelter if you have few options and are unwilling to part with your loved one before it’s absolutely necessary. Learn more about using a shelter to find a new home for your pet through Humane Society.
If you know the time is coming when you won’t be able to care for your pet, consider creating a newspaper or online listing. You can ask for help at your local library or shelter. This listing will inform members of the public that your pet needs a home. This is another popular way to find a safe, loving home for your friend without using a shelter. However, more often than not, it means parting with your pet before you technically need to do so. To ensure your pet goes to a loving home, learn more about choosing a suitable environment through Petfinder.
Learn About Senior Citizen Assisted Living Rules
Do you believe you’ll be moving to a senior citizen assisted living home in the next several months? If so, you may want to ask around. Some assisted living communities allow small (or medium) pets. If you are unable to care for your pet completely, a staff member may assist you. If you can’t stand the thought of parting with your pet, this is a fair option. However, if anything happens to you, your pet will likely be placed in a shelter. This is something to seriously consider before making a decision. You can learn more about pet-friendly homes through Assisted Living.
Use Community Connections
Do you go to church or volunteer regularly at an organization? If you are unable to find a suitable living option for your pet using other avenues, consider asking questions in your social circle. You may be able to find someone looking for a pet that you wouldn’t have otherwise been able to connect with.
Our pets mean a lot to us, so take your time and weigh out the benefits of each option. Every situation is different and our pets deserve the best, even if we ourselves aren’t able to provide it.