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This Week's Carenote - 022008
My parents are going into a long term care facility and there are no accommodations for pets.  I live out of state and am at a loss as what to do about their miniature poodle, cat, and exotic bird.  What is best to do to assure the pets find a caring place?
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name: David Gillaspie
location: Oregon
Email: deg86@comcast.net
Date: 20 Feb 2008

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The best of all possibilities is finding people in the community to take the pets, people who would visit your parents 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. How are your parents feeling about the pets. If their bond to them is great, not having them would be detrimental, even though facility policy doesn't allow pets. 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. Since they've cared for pets, it doesn't seem like they are ready for a teddy bear. The like living things. 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.


name: Mrs. K
location: Arlington, Texas
Email: kleintx@flash.net
Date: 20 Feb 2008

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Hi - in regards to the animals that need a new home as their owners go into a long term facility: if the animals are purebred - check the breeds' "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. -Mrs. K


name: Carol Smith
location: Maryland
Email: Modelfhs@aol.com
Date: 20 Feb 2008

Comments

The answer in my opinion is to find a rescue group for whatever breed the dog is, cat is and 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. Never, never give them up to the humane society as they will surely perish.


name: Suzan Windnagel
location: West Lafayette, IN
Email: suzan_windnagel@yahoo.com
Date: 20 Feb 2008

Comments

www.petfinders.com is an excellent way for you to list the pets for adoption since you are out-of-state. I used it to "find" my most recent dog and his former owner was moving to long term care. So I know it works! Also, if their town/city has a Volunteer Bureau you could list a one time volunteer opportunity....to help your parents find homes for their pets. All the best.


name: Diane Keil
location: Newport Mn
Email: diane.keil@thomson.com
Date: 21 Feb 2008

Comments

I would love to care for your poodle. I have had small dogs for 25-30 years. I currently have 2 small maltese's....weighing in at 4 and 5 pounds respectively. Please feel free to contact me. Thanks, Di


name: Edna
location: North Carolina
Email: ednaclute@yahoo.com
Date: 21 Feb 2008

Comments

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. Someone out there I know would love to have them. Edna


 







 

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