Furry Four-Footed Friends Add to Life at United

When Pat and Darlene McCulloch were searching for an older adult community, one of their priorities was to bring their two cats with them.

There are so many places where pets aren’t allowed, which means someone has to to give up part of their family to move in.

~ Darlene McCulloch, Fish Creek Resident

Their two cats, Mo and Mittens, were adopted in Arizona nine years ago and have been an inseparable part of the family since. Mo most often spends time with Pat while Mittens favours Darlene.

Mo and Mittens

I know we wouldn’t have come here without our cats. We looked at several places, but we were very impressed with Fish Creek and it was close to our family. It’s very special to come home and they are both there to greet us

~ Darlene McCulloch, Fish Creek Resident

Darlene says the cats are never let out, except to sun themselves on the balcony, and they let visitors know the cats are there in case anyone has allergies.

“It’s a definite plus for United to have a pet-friendly policy. For single residents who have lost a spouse, a dog or a cat definitely brings a smile or two during the day,” said Darlene.

United occasionally bring dogs into its communities through PALS (Pet Access League Society), which give residents who don’t have pets an opportunity to interact with them.

Gordon and Jeanne Schnell moved into Fish Creek four years ago with their dog Briggs. The community had recently opened so there were few residents. They would often walk Briggs through the community to get outside. But as more people moved in, they opted to take Briggs for walks outside directly from their first floor suite.

Jeanne, Gordon and Briggs in the Fish Creek courtyard

Jeanne, Gordon and Briggs in the Fish Creek Courtyard

Briggs developed heart issues and passed away a few weeks ago. He was 12 years old.

He was a good natured dog and people really loved to see him.  Our next door neighbour has a dog and they were great friends. We got a lot of cards and well wishes from the other residents.

I would say that being able to keep Briggs with us when we moved in was one of the main reasons we chose United. It was a very positive experience to have him with us and we’re so glad that United allows pets. They mean so much to residents and employees. They really are family.

~ Gordon Schnell, United Resident

Wondering if a Retirement Living Community like Garrison Green or Fish Creek West is right for you or a loved one?

  • United's residences are perfect for you if you love being creative, enjoy lifelong learning, and experiencing new things.
  • United's residences are perfect for you if you do not want to be defined by your medical conditions, but rather want to live life on your terms - focused on your strengths, abilities and interests.

Here is what our residents say about living at one of United Active Living's residences:

Trudy Martin

...two steps below heaven.

Living at Garrison Green is like two steps below heaven. It really really is. Everything is provided.

- Trudy Martin | Resident

Sharyn Krause

We never separate couples based on their medical needs.

"We are completely satisfied that United Active Living will be providing for us as a couple. We can be independent if we like to. And we can have assistance if we like to. But we can go through it together."

- Sharyn & Landis Krause | Residents

Diane Osberg

...the level of lifelong learning experience

"When I saw the level of lifelong learning experience that United offered, it only took me a week to decide that this was a place I wanted to live."

- Diane Osberg | Resident

Give us a call for more information on 587-871-4305 or visit our information pages below to learn more about United Active Living's communities.

United Active Living's Garrison Green

3028 Don Ethell Boulevard SW
Calgary, AB T3E 0C9

United Active Living's Fish Creek West

51 Providence Boulevard SE
Calgary, AB T2X 0X2

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