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pet-therapy-senior-housing-572x290 Our Program:  We provide senior citizens of Northwest Arkansas who are going having difficulty in physically caring for their pets with the knowledge and resources to keep their animals with them and make arrangements for the long-term care of their pets. We furnish seniors with information regarding care facilities that allow pets, access to pet sitters, dog walkers and volunteers that can help them care for their pets. We also provide counseling regarding future placement to prevent these pets from winding up in shelters in the case their owners become unable to care for them. In addition, we offer small grants (through donations from people like you) for low-income seniors to help cover costs that could prove a burden for someone with a limited income. These grants are for a 6-month period and cover such expenses as yearly vaccines, heartworm prevention or flea prevention medications, pet care for the disabled, dog walkers, etc. Donations are also taken for pet food given through Meals on Wheels.

 

Many pets belonging to senior citizens are relinquished to shelters because their owners believe they are no longer able to take care of them or are forced to go into a nursing home or assisted living care where pets are not welcome.  This is due, in large part, to the overwhelming choices that need to be made at such a time and the lack of resources available to make a more informed decision.  Our goal is to provide seniors and their families with the choices and options needed to keep their pets with them as long as possible.  In addition, we would like to assist these pet owners in making long-term plans for their pets in the event they are no longer able to provide care for them.

 

Known Health Benefit of Pets for Seniors:

  • Reduced depression
  • Decreased doctor’s visits
  • Promotes social interaction
  • Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Reduced stress
  • Instills a sense of purpose
  • Healthier heart rates
Dr. Jay P. Granat, Psychotherapist “Dogs—and other pets—live very much in the here and now. They don’t worry about tomorrow. And tomorrow can be very scary for an older person. By having an animal with that sense of now, it tends to rub off on people.”


 Linda Anderson, Co-founder of Angel Animals Network “Older pet owners have often told us how incredibly barren and lonely their lives were without their pet’s companionship, even when there were some downsides to owning an active pet.”

Pet Friendly Assisted Living:

Highland Crossing

Location:  Bella Vista, Arkansas (1801 Forest Hills Blvd)  |  Phone:  (479) 855-5858
Pet Policy: *No noisy pets.
Pet Deposit:  n/a

Peachtree Village

Locations:  Farmington, Arkansas (55 West Rainsong Street)  |  Phone:  (479) 267-3335
Pet Policy:  Animals must be under 25 pounds and relatively quiet.  They must be potty trained and current on vaccinations.
Pet Deposit: n/a

Clarity Point (Memory Care Assisted Living)

Location:  Fayetteville, Arkansas (1967 Truckers Drive)  |  (479) 442-2011
Pet Policy:  *Must obtain approval by manager.  Approval is dependent upon level of health condition of resident and behavior of animal.
Pet Deposit:  n/a

Culpepper Place

Location:  Fayetteville, Arkansas (4461 North Crossover Road)
Phone: (479) 443-1908  |  E-Mail Contact:  paula@culpepperplace.net
Pet Policy:  “We recognize that pets may be an important part in the life of a client, and separation may have negative reactions. Certain pet relationships may be permitted to continue in the community. However, the community does not permit dogs, wild or exotic animals, ferrets, turtles, or cats less than four months of age. Clients must always be capable of caring for their pets. In the event a pet dies, we request that it not be replaced. Pet requests must be reviewed and approved by the Community Director. Specific rules and requirements have been established and will be reviewed prior to admission if you have an interest in keeping a pet in your apartment. A non-refundable pet deposit is required. Pets are required to have health records and currents vaccination records that are kept in the Wellness office with annual physicals.”

*Only 1 animal is allowed and it must be under 15 pounds.  If the resident were to be moved to skilled nursing care they would not be allowed to keep their pet with them and would need to make other plans for their pet.

Pet Deposit:  $1,000 (non-refundable)

Peachtree Village

Locations:  Fort Smith, Arkansas (1500 Fresno Street)  |  Phone:  (479) 785-5544
Pet Policy:  Animals must be under 25 pounds and relatively quiet.  They must be potty trained and current on vaccinations.
Pet Deposit: n/a

Peachtree Village

Locations:  Holiday Island, Arkansas (5 Park Drive)  |  Phone:  (479) 253-9933
Pet Policy:  Animals must be under 25 pounds and relatively quiet.  They must be potty trained and current on vaccinations.
Pet Deposit: n/a

Culpepper Place

Location:  Springdale, Arkansas (672 Jones Road)
Phone: (479) 306-4191    E-Mail Contact:  beth@culpepperplace.net
Pet Policy:  “We recognize that pets may be an important part in the life of a client, and separation may have negative reactions. Certain pet relationships may be permitted to continue in the community. However, the community does not permit dogs, wild or exotic animals, ferrets, turtles, or cats less than four months of age. Clients must always be capable of caring for their pets. In the event a pet dies, we request that it not be replaced. Pet requests must be reviewed and approved by the Community Director. Specific rules and requirements have been established and will be reviewed prior to admission if you have an interest in keeping a pet in your apartment. A non-refundable pet deposit is required. Pets are required to have health records and currents vaccination records that are kept in the Wellness office with annual physicals.”
*Only 1 animal is allowed and it must be under 15 pounds.  If the resident were to be moved to skilled nursing care they would not be allowed to keep their pet with them and would need to make other plans for their pet.

Pet Deposit:  $1,000 (non-refundable)

Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers:seniors-and-pets

Becca Ingram, Head Technician at Best Friends Animal Hospital and Hotel
Phone:  (479) 295-8113
EMail: slimbeacon90@yahoo.com

Rates:  Call for a free quote!

Liz Vanzant
Phone:  (479) 841-6497
EMail: lizvanzant1@yahoo.com
*Limited to Washington County

Rates:  Overnight ($20 – $25)
Per trip ($12 – $15 |  Includes feeding, walking, etc.)

Janet Holman, Employee at Fayetteville Prayer Room
Phone: (479) 601-6212
EMail: jehlive@hotmail.com

Rates:  Call for a free quote!