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Pets are welcome at retirement community

Toulouse, an exuberant black poodle, is the first to greet visitors to Zosia Umbarger's apartment. "He's very fond of people — everyone is his friend," she says. "He sits on his little bed [outside] and greets people as they walk by."

Plenty of apartments and motels give a clear message: no pets. But they are welcome at Brandon Oaks, an ELCA-affiliated retirement community in Roanoke, Va., owned and operated by Virginia Lutheran Homes. Many residents of the independent living units own pets. And assisted living and nursing home residents have as much access to animals as possible.


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