Pet VisitationPets are welcome visitors at the Lodge and it provides Elders with spontaneous opportunities to interact with animals, as they may have in the past, and do so in a safe, supported environment.
Admission of a pet to NTL must be inclusive, allowing care of the pet to be done with participation from Elders, family, friends, volunteers, staff and/or St.John Ambulance Pet Program owners.
All pets associated with Nanaimo Travellers Lodge must:
- Have appropriate temperament
- Be free of lesions, parasites and fleas
- Possess current immunizations inclusive of rabies, distemper, hepatitis, paro-virus and kennel cough (dogs)
- Be kept out of the main kitchen food service area
- Have limited access to main kitchen/dining areas (during meal service)
- Be the responsibility of pet owner inclusive of monitoring, feeding, walking, toileting and cleaning-up after the pet (biodegradable bags are provided for this purpose). Bagged feces must be sealed and put in the provided garbage can
- Be kept under the control of the owner or designate
- Have not history of biting or aggression
- Have owners or designated others available to monitor pets when off leash
- Be clean and well groomed (including clipped and filed nails. There should be no odour or loose dander
- It is recommended that dogs be de-wormed a minimum of twice annually
- Have a sign announcing "pet visiting" posted on the Elder bedroom doors to alert others of the need to be cautious. The signs are available at the nursing stations.