Pet-Friendly Senior Living in Detroit

Pet-Friendly Senior Living in Detroit

Most pet owners agree: Life is better with a furry, finned, or feathered friend along for the ride. Motor City seniors have lots of options for pet-friendly housing, year-round dog exercise, and special events for cat and dog fanciers. Whether you’re planning a move with your pet, want to make life at home better for your and your animal companion, or are thinking about adopting a pet, Detroit has a lot to offer.

Detroit senior communities that welcome your pet

The many pet-friendly senior living communities in greater Detroit include some of the area’s most popular retirement complexes. Among them are Maple Heights in Allen Park and Pine Ridge in Clinton Township, both winners of the SeniorAdvisor 2015 Best of Assisted Living award. Rivertown Neighborhood, near the city’s RiverWalk, is a long-term independent and assisted living project from Presbyterian Villages of Michigan and the Henry Ford Health System. Affordable independent apartments are already open. Skilled nursing care, a community center, and other amenities are in the works.

All-weather exercise options for Detroit pets

Take your dog for a leash-free frolic at the Detroit Dog Park in Corktown. The fenced space is open to dogs who are current on vaccines and licenses. Admission is free. On days when it’s just too cold or wet to play outdoors, Sit Stay Swim in Garden City offers an indoor pool, DIY dog wash stations, an agility course, and even treadmills. Pool and floor time are by appointment; visitors can buy individual passes or package deals.

If you’re not able to take your dog for daily walks, local services like Puppin’ Around will come walk your dog for you. You can arrange for one-off service if you’re feeling under the weather or set up a package deal if you need regular help.

Top dog and cat’s meow events in Detroit

The Detroit area is home to fun annual events for dog owners and cat fanciers. These include:

  • The Michigan Winter Dog Classic. The biggest dog show in the state presents more than 7,000 dogs from 160 breeds for four days of obedience, conformation, and rally trials, duck herding demonstrations, dock diving competitions, and more.
  • The Cat Fanciers Association All Breed, Specialty and Household Pet Cat Show. Meet the breeds January 24-25 at Monroe County Community College.
  • The Detroit Kennel Club benched show. At benched shows, you can walk around, meet the dogs, and talk to their owners and handlers.

Finding new friends

If you’re thinking of getting a pet, the Michigan Humane Society’s Detroit Center for Animal Care is a good first stop. There, dogs, cats, and the occasional rabbit and hamster are up for adoption. The MHS also provides low-cost vaccination and spay-neuter services plus other care at its local clinics.

For fish fans, Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods is a favorite destination for tank owners and window shoppers alike, who come to see the Amazon-themed pond setup and check out the fresh-and saltwater marine life. Expect a friendly greeting from Franky the tortoise when you stop in.

Explore your options for pet-friendly assisted living in Detroit and see why Motown is more fun with friends.

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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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