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My mother has a 5 pound chihuahua.

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If you mean for a visit, I would think so. Ask the Administrator or RN.
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At my father's ALF they do allow pets within a weight limit which a 5 lb chihuahua would certainly meet. As noted in the earlier response the staff do not provide any care for the animals - no feeding, no walking, no toileting - so you need to take all responsibility for the animal. They also charge for any damage caused by the animal to carpets, floors, etc.
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Some ALs do allow pets, but it is my opinion that the owner needs to be able to take full responsibility for their care - staff have little enough time to look after the residents without having to clean up after their pets as well.
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