As a pet owner, you probably know what a rewarding experience taking care of a four-legged friend can be. Pets not only offer companionship, but also help to keep you active and lower your stress level. Luckily, dozens of Madison senior living communities allow residents to live with their pets, while popular establishments throughout town welcome both humans and their furry companions.
Whether you own a goldfish or a golden retriever, you can find senior living options in Madison that will welcome your scaled, furry or feathered friend. Residences such as Avalon Assisted Living and Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge admit pets on a case-by-case basis using an interview process, while communities such as Heritage Senior Living at Middleton and Monona allow residents to bring any animal that meets certain size restrictions. Some facilities may require pet owners to pay a one-time pet deposit or a monthly fee. Be sure to check with retirement communities in your area to find out their particular policies regarding pets.
If you love animals but are unable to care for a one, don’t worry. Certain senior living communities employ resident cats and dogs that act as communal pets, while other establishments bring in therapy animals to visit residents on a regular basis. Nursing patients and other individuals who require advanced medical care can enjoy the company of an animal without having to bear the responsibility of full-time pet ownership.
If there’s one thing that Southern Wisconsin is famous for, it’s the food. Many restaurants allow patrons to bring their furry friend along as they enjoy some of Madison’s finest cheeses, bratwursts, burgers and more. Beer enthusiasts can also bring their pup along as they tour famous Madison area breweries such as the Tyranena Brewing Company, New Glarus Brewing Company and the Wisconsin Brewing Company. You can even find tasty treats made specially for your pooch at local shops such as Paws for Treats or The Blue Cerebus Dog Bakery.
During the summertime, you can visit several of Madison’s parks with your pup if you hold Dog License and a Dog Park Permit from the City of Madison Parks Division. Seniors and disabled individuals can purchase permits at a discounted rate. Check with your local park to see if it allows dogs to visit on-leash or off-leash.
You and your pup can make new friends as you enjoy festive music, gourmet food and fresh brews in the Capital Brewery bier garten at the annual Dogtoberfest celebration. This fundraiser is held each fall to raise money for the Dane County Humane Society. Barktoberfest is another annual event that celebrates our canine companions through competitions, contests and games. Proceeds are donated to various animal rescue groups throughout Madison.
Bird owners can talk shop and learn more about avian care by attending monthly meetings, seminars, picnics and other events hosted by the Madison Area Cagebird Association of Wisconsin (MACAW). No matter what kind of bird you own, you can find the companionship and support that you need through the MACAW network.
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