A senior man and woman walk a dog together.

If you’re a pet owner, or thinking of becoming one, you know how much a dog or cat can change your life. They offer companionship when no one else is around. They give us a sense of purpose and add structure to our lives. They’ll let you know when it’s time to be fed, and when it’s time to go outside to stretch their legs and have a good sniff around to see who else has been in the neighborhood.

Dogs will even act as icebreakers when you meet other pet owners out for their daily constitutional. Most of all, pets are just great to have around and work better than any antidepressant to cheer you up when you’re feeling down. A purring furball in your lap or a wet nose on your cheek is all it takes to make you realize how sweet it is to have a pet in your life.

Would you consider moving to a senior living community without them? Of course not. The good news is most senior living communities these days are pet-friendly. There are rules and restrictions, of course. Certain breeds like pit bulls may not be welcome at some communities. And a large dog that barks all night is not going to win a popularity contest with your neighbors.

To find out what the rules are for your pet, ask the communities on your list about their pet policies. When you visit, be sure to check out the grounds if your dog needs to go for a walk every day. To help you find the best place for you and your bestie, consider the following questions before moving with a pet to a senior living community.

Pet-friendly senior living: What to ask before moving with a pet

  • Are pets allowed?
  • Are there breed restrictions or size limits?
  • How many pets are allowed per resident? (Two is usually the standard.)
  • How many pets are currently in the community? Is there a limit?
  • Are there specific animals that aren’t allowed?
  • Is there a place where dogs can get exercise, such as a dog run or park?
  • Are there safe grounds to take pets for a walk?
  • Are the premises well lit?
  • Are pet sitters or dog walkers available nearby?
  • Are other pet services, such as grooming, available at the community?
  • Is a pet deposit required? If so, how much is it, and is it refundable?
  • Is there an additional monthly fee for having a pet?
  • What kind of health information, vaccinations, or shots are required?
  • Is there a veterinarian or animal hospital located nearby?
  • What happens if you get sick or injured and can’t care for your pet? Will there be someone to provide temporary care for your pet?
  • Can you take your pet with you if you need to move to a higher level of care, such as assisted living?

Questions answered. Ears scratched. Pets welcomed.

At The Marshes of Skidaway Island, we welcome our four-legged friends. Our well-maintained grounds and walking trails offer dogs and their owners easy access to the outdoors. We even offer dog-walking services if you need them. And as all the dogs at The Marshes know, there are treats waiting for them at our concierge’s desk.

To learn more about our pet-friendly senior living community, contact us. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have.

And while you’re here, why not check out our three independent living residential options, and the lifestyle you and your four-legged friend could enjoy in our pet-friendly community.

Interested in reading stories directly from our residents? Click here to read about Susana, Charlie, and their wonderful four-legged companions, all enjoying life at The Marshes of Skidaway Island.

A senior couple at the Marshes of Skidaway Island with their dogs

A dog outside at a senior living community

A Marshes of Skidaway Island dog

Residents' of The Marshes dogs sitting on a couch