Pet-Friendly Senior Living in Atlanta

Pet-Friendly Senior Living in Atlanta

If you’re a pet owner, you know that all your big decisions must take your furry pals into consideration, especially if you’re making a move. Whether you want the convenience of an independent living community or you need help with activities of daily living, plenty of places in the Greater Atlanta area are ready to extend Southern hospitality to you and your pet. We’ve sniffed out some of the highlights for you.

Pet-Friendly Senior Living in Atlanta

Nearly 300 Atlanta senior communities welcome pets, making it easy to settle in the part of town that appeals to you most. For instance, pets are welcome at Dunwoody Pines, an independent living center in the city’s far north Dunwoody neighborhood. The center features gardens and a greenhouse, regular social activities, outings, and housekeeping and meal services so you have more time for fun with your pet and the people you care about.

The Palms at Lake Spivey welcomes pets to its independent and assisted living center, too. The Palms is near the southwest metro town of Jonesboro, a popular destination for tourists interested in the Civil War and Gone with the Wind. The Palms is also a 25-minute drive from the heart of Atlanta.

For seniors who need specialized memory care and want the comfort of living with their pets, Safe Haven at Lenox Park offers private suites and professional support services. Safe Haven is located in Atlanta’s near north side in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood.

Dog Parks and Recreation in Atlanta

No matter where in Atlanta you live, there are dog-friendly destinations to explore. The metro area is home to 9 dog parks where your 4-legged amigo can play off-leash. The most popular is Piedmont Dog Park downtown. There, you’ll find a landscaped dog oasis with nearly 3 acres of room to run, a separate area for small dogs to frolic safely, and benches and restrooms to keep the humans happy. After a good romp, you can put your pal back on the leash and explore more of Piedmont Park’s 189-acres.

If you and your dog are history and architecture buffs, consider a guided walking tour of one of the city’s neighborhoods, led by the Atlanta Preservation Society. The outdoor portions of many of the group’s tours of parks and historic neighborhoods are open to well-behaved dogs and their owners. Call ahead for details and to verify that the tour you want is open to dogs.

For purebred dog owners, the Atlanta Kennel Club is a great resource. The group hosts regular agility weekends, obedience trials, and conformation shows. The kennel club also hosts regular dinner meetings, talks, and seminars.

Bark-friendly Bites to Eat in Atlanta

Atlanta is home to dozens of dog-friendly cafes, bistros, pubs, and restaurants. You can enjoy made-from-scratch American food at Midtown Tavern or organic enchiladas and people-watching at Buckhead’s Red Pepper Taquería—or choose among other cuisines like Italian, German, French, and Cajun to savor while your pet unwinds. With so many pet-friendly places to live and things to do around Atlanta, your dog can have its day every day.

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Casey Kelly-Barton is an Austin-based freelance writer whose childhood was made awesome by her grandmothers, great-grandmother, great-aunts and -uncles, and their friends.


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