Pet-Friendly Senior Living in Oklahoma CityPet-Friendly Senior Living in Oklahoma City

 

Life with pets is more than OK for seniors in Oklahoma City. Retirees here can find award-winning communities that welcome pets, more than half a dozen dog parks in the metro area, a summer dog show series that draws entries from around the world, and a large number of canine agility and obedience clubs. Add to all of that a growing citywide system of walking trails and you’ve got a city that ranks 3rd in the nation among real-estate site Movoto’s Best Cities for Pet Lovers.

Pet-friendly Oklahoma City senior communities

Oklahoma City is home to more than 15 assisted living and independent living communities that open their doors to dogs and cats as well as people. Four of those pet-friendly places are also winners of SeniorAdvisor.com 2015 Best of Senior Living award as determined by resident and family reviews.

  • Town Village, on the city’s north side near Bluff Creek Park and Lake Hefner, offers both independent and assisted living options.
  • Brookdale Village (formerly Emeritus at the Village), also located near Lake Hefner, provides assisted living and memory care on a campus with a 2-acre lake and paved walking trails.

From a pet-positive home base, it’s easy to access all kinds of pet-centric activities and events around town. Click the image below to explore Oklahoma City’s retirement options:

Assisted Living Oklahoma City

Dog parks all around Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City may not have the most dog parks, but it does have some of the most cleverly named off-leash areas. PAW Park has been ranked among the top 10 US dog parks by DogFancy magazine. Visitors will find a 2-acre fenced space in Lake Hefner Park with a pond for summer swimming. Wiggly Field, in the suburb of Del City, gives dogs a 3-acre section of Ray Trent park for off-leash romps. Midtown Mutts is a small, privately owned park in downtown that’s free to the public.

The most popular dog park in the Oklahoma City area is the suburban 4-acre Edmond Dog Park that’s got plenty of benches, lots of shade, and a gated lake for canine swimming. And the most delightfully unexpected is the dog park at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Rather than try to keep pups out of the garden, Myriad welcomes leashed dogs along its landscaped trails and gives them their own off-leash area, too.

Love pets? Join the club

The Oklahoma City metro area has lots of clubs for dog and cat aficionados. Feline friends can check out the Oklahoma City Cat Club and Thunderkatz, both of which host cat shows. The OKC Kennel Club, meanwhile, partners with other clubs to host the annual Summer Classic Dog Shows every June.

For year-round exercise and social time, there are several clubs and schools in the metro area. The OKPaws K9 sports club has members who work on rally, flyball, agility, and disc games, while the Red Dirt club focuses exclusively on agility. City Dogs Agility also works on a single sport; some of its member dogs have won national and international accolades. Dogs new to sports—or who just need some time on the treadmill—can take classes and work out at Canine Sports Academy in Norman.

With so many options for pet lovers and their animal friends, it’s easy to see why Oklahoma City is a top dog town.


Learn more about Oklahoma City Senior Living here:

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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.

4 Comments

  1. Cam Buckley April 6, 2017 Reply

    Where can a disabled widow live with 6 dogs and two old cats without being a burden on any one? I have epilepsy and need to be checked on a couple times a week. I am not nursing home bound, yet, and have a low income. Please respond. Thank you. Cam

    • Amelia Willson April 11, 2017 Reply

      Hello Cam,

      Are you by chance the spouse of a veteran? If so, I have a suggestion for you for a pension benefit that may help you better afford senior care. Please be sure to look over http://www.VeteranAid.org for more information. Otherwise you might want to look over the Housing and Urban Development website for resources for low income seniors who need assistance.

  2. Cam Buckley April 30, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for responding to my questions, however I have contacted SS and yes my husband was a veteran. I’m still looking for some place where my old dogs and cats can remain with me. I’ve got an old mobile home, which I bought sight unseen because I had no way to drive 250 miles to look at it. However, by the time I pay HOA’s, mowing and insurance and so on, I have very little to buy food for me and my fur babies. It costs way to much to live here. Not to mention the real estate gal failed to tell me about the soft floors, leaking roof and so on. I’ve put everything I had in fixing the plumbing and air conditioning.

  3. Mary September 4, 2018 Reply

    When my mother had to go into assisted living, we had to take her beloved dog to live with us. Neither of them did well without the other. Now my spouse is facing the same situation with his father. We won’t put him in a situation where he will be separated from his dog.

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