Despite the bad reputation some retirement homes may have, millions of Americans reside in them and rely on them for both housing and medical care. As part of the ongoing effort to improve the experiences of those living in these facilities, many communities have invited pets onto their campuses. Animals can help residents deal with isolation, frustration and many other emotional issues that can crop up. Some facilities bring in animals while others have them on-site permanently. Now the only thing to worry about is whether it is getting near time for your pet to retire.