Retirement Homes and Pets

Sections 11 to 15
 


Section 11 - Redwoods Retirement Residence

April Johnstone
Community Relations Coordinator
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pnnurc8viI  
crcredwoods@symphonyseniorliving.com  

 

1. Do you allow your residents to bring their pets with them when they move to your retirement home?  If not, why not?

Proud to say all Symphony homes allow pets. We even have a lovely Golden Retriever who lies at our front door 24/7!

2. If/when the pet dies, would the owner be allowed to get themselves another pet?

Yes

3. What pets do you allow, e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.?    

All of those mentioned.

4. Do you have size/weight/breed restrictions on the pet?    

Not at this time  

5. How many pets can each person have?    

As many as they can care for properly. Pets must be leashed when out of the apartment.

6. Is there extra an charge for the pet?   

No, unless we have to care for the pet.

7. What happens if the pet becomes too much for the owner?     

They can buy a care plan, and we will help care for the pet. Many residents have an external dog walker to help with the proper ownership.

(a) Would staff be able to feed etc. (and in the case of a dog, walk) the pet?    

If the resident would like to buy a pet care plan, we would happily agree.  

(b) Would there be an extra charge?    

Yes.

(c) How long before you would ask the owner to rehome his pet?    

This has not been our practice.

 



Section 12 - Symphony Senior Living Kanata

Susan Jolin
Business Office Coordinator
crckanata@symphonyseniorliving.com

 

1. Do you allow your residents to bring their pets with them when they move to your retirement home?  If not, why not?

Yes, we encourage residents to bring their pets.  

2. If/when the pet dies, would the owner be allowed to get themselves another pet?

Yes, by all means they can have another pet.  

3. What pets do you allow, e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.?  

Cats, dogs, birds and fish are all welcome.  

4. Do you have size/weight/breed restrictions on the pet?  

25 kg is the limit.  

5. How many pets can each person have?  

Up to 2 pets.  

6. Is there extra an charge for the pet?  

No extra charge.  

7. What happens if the pet becomes too much for the owner?  

(a) Would staff be able to feed etc. (and, in the case of a dog, walk) the pet?  

If the resident does not have a family member or friend to walk the dog, we will provide this service at an extra cost.    

(b) Would there be an  extra charge?  

Yes. We can add the extra charge to their monthly bill if, for example, they need housekeeping to clean the kitty litter.  

(c) How long before you would ask the owner to rehome his pet?  

When they can no longer take care of their pet, and the animal is being neglected or stressed.

 


 

Section 13 - Unitarian House of Ottawa  

Christina O'Neil
www.unitarianhouse.ca    
retire@unitarianhouse.ca      
coneil@unitarianhouse.ca  

    

1. Do you allow your residents to bring their pets with them when they move to your retirement home?  If not, why not?    

Yes, we have always allowed pets. They are members of the family.    

2. If/when the pet dies, would the owner be allowed to get themselves another pet?    

Yes    

3. What pets do you allow, e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.?   

All pets in those categories. We have never had snakes or other types of pets.    

4. Do you have size/weight/breed restrictions on the pet?   

No, they just have to be trained and socialized, and dogs cannot disturb the community by barking a lot.    

5. How many pets can each person have?   

Two is the limit, but they have to be able to look after two pets, and be able to control them if they are going for a walk.    

6. Is there extra an charge for the pet?    

No    

7. What happens if the pet becomes too much for the owner?   

A lot of the time staff will help, or we call the family for assistance.    

(a) Would staff be able to feed etc. (and, in the case of a dog, walk) the pet?  

We do try to help short term, but I let the family make private arrangements with the staff to see if they want to take on this responsibility.  A lot of the time our community of residents help each other out with pet sitting and dog walking.    

(b) Would there be an  extra charge?    

No this is between the family and the staff who want to do extra jobs.    

(c) How long before you would ask the owner to rehome his pet?  

Each situation is unique. We even gave meds to a pet of one of our residents. Each morning, the nurses would bring the resident her meds and also the cat’s.  The resident did not have transportation so I took the cat to the vet when he needed to be seen.  Pets are viewed as part of the extended family. We even mention the pets when we do our celebration of life service.  My dogs come to work with me every day, and when my older dog died, the residents were just as upset as I was.  My dog has a plaque in the memorial garden with the residents who have passed away. 

One of my favorite memories is when my Labrador, Chelsea, was pregnant and she was about to go back to the breeder to have her puppies. The residents of Unitarian House had a puppy shower and over 40 seniors showed up to a dog’s party with gifts.  The residents knew that I would be keeping one of the puppies, so they were involved in naming her and helping with the training.  Every day at work residents would come to my office to take Chelsea and her puppy, Lexie,  out for a walk.

 


 

Section 14 - Park Place  

Mara Eby
Resident Relations Manager
www.alavidalifestyles.com/our-locations/park-place/   
mara.eby@alavidalifestyles.com  

1. Do you allow your residents to bring their pets with them when they move to your retirement home?  If not, why not?

We allow pets at Park Place Senior Suites and Retirement Residence.    

2. If/when the pet dies, would the owner be allowed to get themselves another pet?

As long as the Resident was able to look after the pet in accordance with our pet policy.  

3. What pets do you allow, e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.?

We allow dogs, cats, fish, and birds.  

4. Do you have size/weight/breed restrictions on the pet?

We don’t have a restriction on the breed, size or weight, as long as they are on leash and under control when travelling through the building.  

5. How many pets can each person have?

1-2 pets.  

6. Is there extra an charge for the pet?

No.  

7. What happens if the pet becomes too much for the owner?

They would need to sign a pet waiver to ensure that they are capable of looking after their pets, and all of the vaccinations are required. They also have to list an emergency contact of someone that will look after the pet in the event that they are unable to look after the pet themselves.    

(a) Would staff be able to feed etc. (and in the case of a dog, walk) the pet?

No.  

(b) Would there be an  extra charge?

N/A  

(c) How long before you would ask the owner to rehome his pet?  

As soon as the owner is not capable of looking after the pet, the emergency contact person would have to take care of the pet.

 


 

Section 15 - The Court at Barrhaven   

Jackie Jarbeau
Community Sales Director
jackie.jarbeau@atriaretirement.ca   
www.Atria-Retirement.ca    

 

1. Do you allow your residents to bring their pets with them when they move to your retirement home?  If not, why not?   

Yes. 

2. If/when the pet dies, would the owner be allowed to get themselves another pet?   

Yes. 

3. What pets do you allow, e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.?   

 All.

4. Do you have size/weight/breed restrictions on the pet?   

No larger than 20 lbs. 

5. How many pets can each person have?   

2 

6. Is there extra an charge for the pet?    

$350.00 deposit

7. What happens if the pet becomes too much for the owner?     

We discuss with the family about having the pet rehomed.

(a) Would staff be able to feed etc. (and, in the case of a dog, walk) the pet?  

Yes - depending on the circumstances.

(b) Would there be an  extra charge?    

No

(c) How long before you would ask the owner to rehome his pet?     

Depending on the situation.

 

 

 

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