Pet-Friendly Living at Wesley

To residents and neighbors of Wesley, the animals who call the community home aren’t just pets; they’re an essential part of the experience.

When Wesley Des Moines resident Caroline McGlasson first toured the community, she fell in love when she learned her dog, Buster, would be welcomed. Little did she know how well he would fit in. 

“Buster is so much a part of our lives and neighbors’. We stay active walking him as part of our exercise; he keeps us laughing and is great company. We take him to visit our neighbors, some who don’t have pets anymore, and it means a lot to them to be able to pet Buster and say hello,” said Caroline.

At Wesley Bradley Park, resident Walt Keulthau owns Joey, though some might say Joey owns Walt!

“King” Joey has become the mascot for the 5th floor. He spends time greeting many neighbors on that floor as he is well known and well liked.

When residents used to gather for happy hours, Joey was always right there getting love from everyone. They eventually named the 5th floor area where they do their gatherings “Joey’s Joint”. 

Joey is an adorable Havanese with a strong will and mind of his own. His underbite is one of a kind!

Wesley provides as much attention and care to their furry residents as they do their two-legged companions. After seeing the exceptional level of care her grandmother received with Wesley Health & Home Care, Des Moines resident Joyce Stratton knew the faith-based, not-for-profit organization was the right choice for her family, including Buddy, the cat.  

“Buddy has made a lot of friends in the Brownstone apartments. He sits inside the doorway and greets people passing in the hall, asking to be pet. He is so entertaining. When we’re gone, the neighbors come over to feed him and spend time with him. Everyone at Wesley really takes care of you, and that includes the neighbors,” said Joyce.  

Wesley offers pet-friendly living in a variety of options, from bountiful apartments and quaint Cottages to more independent accommodations in the Brownstone. 

Future resident Madge Hanson chose a ground-level apartment in the new Des Moines Gardens building. 

“As a person who has always had dogs, it was a real comfort to have Kudo live with us,” said Madge. “There aren’t many senior living facilities that allow dogs, let alone provide on-campus pet amenities to help me take care of him should I need it. I love that I’ll be able to walk out my patio onto the grounds and have easy access to outdoor activities for Kudo and me.”  

Some Wesley campuses provide onsite services, including pet washes, mobile grooming, designated pet areas and a daily treat from the friendly front desk staff. Wesley’s newest campus in the community of Tehaleh in Bonney Lake is no exception. 

Leash up for a stroll among the trees in the lush resident gardens and pet-friendly walking trails surrounding the campus or extend your journey along the easy walking paths and energizing hiking trails connecting to neighboring parks. 

Let your furry friend run loose at the fully fenced off-leash dog park, Hounds Hollow, featuring an agility course, a spacious grassy field and pooch-friendly trails. Afterward, cool off with a handcrafted specialty drink and delicious pup cup from the community coffee shop

No matter what your furry companion is into, Wesley can accommodate their lifestyle. For more information on pet-friendly living options, onsite services — human or canine — and a peek into campus life, contact us!


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