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Pet care for elderly

My 80 year old Mom is a widow of 4 years and an animal lover.

She says she is too unstable health wise to have a pet.  She worries if she passes, who will take care of the dog?

I would REALLY love for her to have her own dog.  She has three grand doggers but when she lives in PA all summer, she is alone again.

Any suggestions. Thank you.

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User in Orlando, FL
Dec. 8, 2017

Allow her to foster care for a dog. Many shelters will welcome her availability to house and socialize one of their pets. Most senior shelter dogs would be grateful for the opportunity to share their life with her.

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I would suggest being a part-time dog caregiver while the animals are waiting to be adopted.

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Hire someone who can share a pet with her, I got a pet for my customer and he would come and visit her weekly.

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Your mom sounds like a perfect fit to foster care dogs during her summers in PA.

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go to the pound or shelter and get an older dog in his golden years too

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Rhonda in Clovis, CA
Dec. 4, 2017

Take her three dogs to PA for the summer with her.

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she could hire a caregiver to come in and help with doggy and any other needs such as companion etc.

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Adopting a older pet from shelter or being foster parent may be a better option ck with your local shelter and see what programs they.may have

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Doris in Cool, CA
Nov. 16, 2017

Hello, Perhaps she could care for someone else's pet while they are at work? Another idea would be to get her an older pet. Good luck! Doris

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Check with a local shelter/rescue group, they always need help with fostering animals until they can be adopted. They also pay the majority of the expenses for the animal.

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I originally signed up seeking a position but nowq I am looking for someone to help with my own mother. how do I do this

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This is a tough one but. Most families never give up a family pet I believe if they see the love there family member has for this animal. If. Your mom knows her loved pet would always have a home it may change her mind on. Having one with her at al time. My own family had 3 cats and. When my grandmother passed it wasn't even a thought they came to our home to live out there days happily content with family that loved them as much as her so I guess if there's. Sons daughters grandchildren. That would consider becoming the guardian of that pet. She'd be more able to rest with getting one for herself.

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Ease her worry and make prior arrangements for after she passes on who would be next owner of her let.

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User in Waxhaw, NC
Nov. 5, 2017

Have a dog visit her on a regular basis. A pet date. She can walk with it, sit on the couch with it, or throw a ball to it.

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A service dog would be an idea for her to company her travels along with care

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User in Orlando, FL
Dec. 14, 2017

Have a pet-sitter come visit the dogs a few times a week and a back-up plan if the pet-sitter feels that your mom is unable to take care of her pets. A backup plan would help secure the pets and get them to a safe place until adoption or relocation is available.

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Lois in Gary, IN
Dec. 13, 2017

In Pennsylvania, in the summers she can be a foster mother for an animal shelter there. When she gets ready to leave there, she can return the animal and she has had the companionship of the animal and the animal has been able to get out of the shelter for awhile. She can also just be available to the shelter for respite care of the animal, which may only be a day or two, so she won't have to worry about what happens to the pets, they all just return to the animal shelter they belong to.

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