David G in Oregon
The best of all
possibilities is finding people in the community to take
the pets; people who would visit with the pets. This
would keep a connection between their new life and old;
and seeing their pets would be a boost for them. As we
age, we gain certain things and we lose certain things.
After you find
caring homes for the pets, the next step will be finding
something for your parents to transfer their pet caring
emotions to. Did their home have plants? Will their new
home allow plants? The most important part for us when
our parents get older is sparking an enthusiasm for
life, whether it be pets, plants or new friends. Keeping
them pumped up from one day to the next is a gift they
need. Pets and plants, things that need their care to
survive, fulfill a human need. Nurturing life is a gift
your parents have. Your gift to them may be helping them
find new things to nurture.
K in Arlington, Texas
In regard to the animals that need
a new home as their owners go into a long-term facility:
if the animals are purebred, check the breedís "club."
They usually have people willing to help find a new home
for pets of the same breed; i.e., the poodle club would
help with the poodle, etc. They even will find temporary
homes until a more permanent one may be found.
From Carol S. in Maryland
The answer, in my
opinion, is to find a rescue group for whatever breed
the dog is; cat or bird as well. The Internet would be
your best source to find a group, which will place the
animal in a loving caring home. The rescue group will
transport the animal to a new home and pick them up
right at the house.
From Edna in North Carolina
If no one close
by is willing to take care of the pets, then call the
closest vet and ask them if they know of someone good
with pets that would be willing to watch out for them or
keep them as their own.
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