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Hello all,

 

I was wondering if anyone did anything with animals that wander around at thier facilities??? I know bunnies and other animals are used for visits, but I want some info!!!

 

We have dogs and cats but the courtyard is perfect for other pets!

 

 

Let me know.

 

 

bigchris

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Fish are always good .... anything from small tanks (about a 10 gallon) to 50 or 100 gallon tanks. Come to think of it, I bet a pond w/ goldfish (they grow to fit their environment) or other fish would be fun.

 

There's a snf in a nearby town that have a huge bird cage (larger than a highboy or hutch) filled with birds ... don't ask me what kind, I only recognize parakeets, and the like. There were no parakeets LOL.

 

But boy, you'd have to have responsible staff to clean & feed regularly.

 

I just remembered, we have a couple of "farm" type animals nearby that are therapy pets. One is miniature donkeys, the other are miniature horses. Alpacas are friendly too (look like llamas but soft hooves and don't spit like llamas do).

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Hello all,

 

I was wondering if anyone did anything with animals that wander around at thier facilities??? I know bunnies and other animals are used for visits, but I want some info!!!

 

We have dogs and cats but the courtyard is perfect for other pets!

Let me know.

bigchris

 

We've got a local 4H Group that comes with their pets, they brought cats, dogs, turtle, hampster, and some birds (I couldn't recognize what kind either). The hampster was a big hit... we let her run around in her little ball, I thought some residents would freak but they all couldn't wait for her to find her way to them.

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Hello all,

 

I was wondering if anyone did anything with animals that wander around at thier facilities??? I know bunnies and other animals are used for visits, but I want some info!!!

 

We have dogs and cats but the courtyard is perfect for other pets!

Let me know.

bigchris

We have dogs, cats, fish, and birds, in my facility. We also have the local State Park Ranger come in with stuffed wildlife animals. He sets them all up in our dining room and does a information type program for the residents. Its almost like we are actually in the woods!

We also take our residents out to a local farm that exhibits safari animals and every fall we go to the petting zoo and apple orchard.

We have other groups that come in with their pets to visit.

The residents also enjoy sitting in the lobby and looking out our picture windows at the neighbors horses as well.

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After I posted this the local paper had a story on a local elementary school that had turkeys on their grounds!!! I am thinking some rabbits and ginnee hens to start then I am going to do some fundraising for a pond/ turtle pond.

 

I also have a family that works in conservation and they say that they would give me some wild turkeys!!!! keep talking, I want to hear from ya!!!

 

 

BC

 

 

 

 

We have dogs, cats, fish, and birds, in my facility. We also have the local State Park Ranger come in with stuffed wildlife animals. He sets them all up in our dining room and does a information type program for the residents. Its almost like we are actually in the woods!

We also take our residents out to a local farm that exhibits safari animals and every fall we go to the petting zoo and apple orchard.

We have other groups that come in with their pets to visit.

The residents also enjoy sitting in the lobby and looking out our picture windows at the neighbors horses as well.

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We have a large aviary from Living Designs in our lounge. It is great for small group & 1:1 visits, and for residents with dementia. Families love it, and many bring their loved one to the lounge when they visit. Activity staff clean it weekly (and prn), and it takes about 45 minutes. Daily, we check the water and food, and give them a hard boiled egg. It was a little expensive to set up, but it is worth it in the long run. The company comes to check the birds and do a thorough cleaning every three months.

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Hello all,

 

I was wondering if anyone did anything with animals that wander around at thier facilities??? I know bunnies and other animals are used for visits, but I want some info!!!

 

We have dogs and cats but the courtyard is perfect for other pets!

 

 

Let me know.

 

 

bigchris

We had a camel visit our facility. The camel's name is Kazzy and is over 8' tall. The owners also brought a miniature horse, and two exotic birds. The camel sat in our living room walked through the therapy room and sat there. The couple who own Kazzy visit facilities in our area. The residents loved it.

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