By Steps to Recovery on December 3, 2012

So you’re going to rehab, there are so many things to do to get ready. So many things to pack, so many calls to make, so many explanations to give the people in your life. And then there’s your pet. If you are a single person, what to do with your animal companion is an important decision to make. What will you do with your beloved companion while you are away getting treatment for your addiction? This can seem like a really daunting problem, but there are options, and something will be just perfect for your furry friend.

1- Check your area for a rehab that allows pets. Most rehabs do not allow pets for a number of reason, like allergies, licensing, room and liability issues, however they are not completely non-existent. They are few and far between but they do exist! Some places realize that the attachment between a pet and it’s companion is a very important thing. If you can find one of these places, you are all set!

2- Ask a close friend or a family member to watch Fluffy while you are away. Leaving your pet with someone you know will give you peace of mind and the ability to keep pretty close tabs on how your pet is doing while you are away getting yourself well. Or perhaps they could come to your house throughout the day to provide care and companionship for your pet if they don’t live too far away.

3- For low maintenance pets, there is the option of hiring a pet sitter. There are many people who do petsitting professionally who have references and lots of experience. If you have a fish, hamster, cat or some other type of pet that doesn’t require a lot of attention, a petsitter may be the solution you are looking for. The will come to your house as you advise them to, feed and water your pet and make sure they are comfortable while you are away getting help.

4- There are always boarding services and animal kennels you can pay to look after your pet while you are away. These places are experienced in caring for animals for longer periods of time, and it’s likely you will be in rehab for around a month. Make sure to ask these places lots of questions about the care they provide to make sure it’s up to your standards.

Making sure your special animal friend is well taken care of and comfortable while you are away in rehab is a very important thing. Make sure to find something that feels right to you so you can relax and focus on your recovery. Your pet will be so much happier when you return a healthier, more joyful you.