The Retreat at Mountain Brook is especially proud of our pet-friendly policies and Pet Park which provides a leash-free environment for residents with furry family members to enjoy. And since May is National Pet Month, we thought we’d highlight some of the reasons National Pet Month is observed.
It is to:
• Promote the benefits of pet ownership
• Support pet adoption
• Make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets
• Increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals
• Raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals
The Retreat at Mountain Brook understands the importance of giving residents and other community members places to spend quality playtime with their pets and to socialize with each other, says Lauren Turner, community manager.
Our Pet Park is 6,500 square foot dog-park that includes obstacle-course-style activity stations called The King of the Hill and Over Rover. Residents of The Retreat and nearby Mountain Brook and Eastwood neighborhoods are welcome to visit with their furry companions.
Studies have shown spending time with pets, particularly dogs, can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. The American Heart Association has linked pet ownership with a reduced risk for heart disease.
If you are interested in reducing stress in your life, you may want to consider adopting a pet. Below are several local nonprofit organizations that can help.
Cat lovers can visit Kitty Kat Haven, an organization whose missions is to save abandoned, stray and injured cats and kittens. Right now, Stevie 2 (pictured below) is weaning kittens and will be available for adoption in June.
Animals of all sorts can be adopted through the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, founded in 1883. The organization’s mission is “to promote respect for life through education and prevention of cruelty to animals and people. In addition to placing dogs and cats of all ages, the nonprofit has also been known to place rabbits, birds, and even amphibians for adoption.
Another organization that helps pets find their perfect human is the Alabama Animal Adoption Society, offering a wide variety of dogs and cats for adoption. If you hurry, you may be able to adopt Butterball, an American Staffordshire Terrier – Boxer who is described as being house trained!
Also coming up in May is the grandest and oldest pet festival and celebration, Birmingham’s own Do Dah Day held this year on May 18. Check our blog next week for all things Do Dah Day!