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Puuuurfectly Yappy Life with Our Pets

senior woman with her dog

At Atlantic Shores Retirement Community in Virginia Beach, we love our pets! We welcome four-legged friends on our 100-acre campus and make them an active part of our lives. Our independent living residents share that one of their favorite things about Atlantic Shores is our pet policy.

Nothing brightens a day more than the unconditional love pets give our residents, whether in their homes or shared with others as they’re walked down the halls or brought along to social events on campus.

Pets are part of our family, and we love giving these fuzzy residents special treatment! Last year we staged a special Love Your Pet Day where residents could bring their pets and get a “family portrait” taken, complete with a full scenery setting and professional photographer. And pets of all kind also take to the streets of Atlantic Shores as stars of their very own Pet Parade.

Our staff also shares their furry balls of love with residents and each other during “Bring Your Pet To Work Day.”

Atlantic Shores’ affectionate therapy dog Tucker also adds a little fun, encouraging residents to stay on track with their fitness programs with visits to the weight room – – even running alongside on the treadmill! In August, Tucker celebrated his 6th birthday, and came to “work” dressed in a birthday shirt, to the delight of residents who showered him with treats.

We also partner with our local SPCA to bring their canine crew to our Harbourway assisted living and Marina Bay memory care facilities. These visits bring excitement and a special kind of connection to these residents, especially to those who are usually quiet.

We’re also proud of the legacy we created with our Atlantic Shores/Guiding Eyes for the Blind “Puppy Love Program,” where residents of Atlantic Shores raised dogs to guide dogs for the blind, while also partnering with local elementary schools.

If you feel your house just isn’t a home without a pet, you’re welcome at Atlantic Shores, a retirement community in Virginia Beach!