Pets welcome in Vi communities

Posted on: August 22, 2012

Vi PetsWhen choosing to move to a continuing care retirement community, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. For many Vi residents, the biggest consideration is often making sure their furry, four-legged friends can move in too.

But as any pet lover can attest, it's more than just allowing pets - it's making sure they feel welcome in their new home. Dogs especially get a lot of love at Vi, with sidewalks to stroll and trees to provide shade at every community.

For Vi at Highlands Ranch resident Kathy Bond, the decision to move into her new home was contingent on being able to bring her then one-year-old cockapoo Opie. Bond has lived in the community since its opening in 2008 and says the ability to bring her pet was important.

"It would have been a deal breaker for me if I couldn't have had my pet," Bond said. "I was worried at first how he would adapt to living in an apartment, but he loves it. He loves sitting out on the balcony looking at all of the birds. He's happy here, and that makes me happy too."

In addition to the pet policy allowing dogs on campus, Vi at Highlands Ranch also has some unique offerings for its four-legged residents. An enclosed dog run, nearby walking trails and treats from staff members are just some of the perks for pets.

While every Vi community has different amenities for pets, one thing is certain: pets are part of the Vi family. Staff members love to get visits from resident pets, and in many communities like Vi at Silverstone, staff members create events around residents and their pets.

"At Silverstone, pets are part of our community activities," said Jacqui McCormley, Director of Lifestyle Enrichment. "In the past, we've invited our local veterinarian to our wellness fairs. We also feature residents' pets in our monthly newsletter. During the holidays, Santa stops by for a photo opportunity, complete with holiday outfits and treats for the pets."

In addition to pet-friendly events, Silverstone also offers its four-legged residents an enclosed dog park, complete with a dog drinking fountain. According to resident Bobbi Breeden, the park sees a lot of use year-round. A villa resident since Silverstone's opening in 2010, Ms. Breeden loves the serenity of the campus during her 6 a.m. dog walks.

"There's a great area to walk the dogs each morning," she said. "We walk for about a mile and feel perfectly safe. It's just a wonderful place - the dog park and Silverstone."

Though some Vi communities aren't fortunate enough to have the space for a dog park, all communities do have the luxury of sidewalks, and access to grounds for strolling at leisure. Many communities, such as La Jolla Village, are located near public dog parks with easy access for resident use.

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