But problems can arise when a person gets older and finds it increasingly difficult to adequately look after their pet.
Owners being unable to walk or drive can result in negative impacts on their pets.
Dogs do not get sufficient exercise and socialisation and pets cannot be taken to the vet for routine vaccinations or medical attention.
This is where Pets of Older Persons can help in either a temporary or longer term way.
The free service is provided by a volunteer base of more than 220 men and women, with volunteers needed in Nollamara, Mirrabooka and Balcatta.
“We hear of many cases from hospital social workers of people needing to go to hospital but refuse to leave their pets unattended,” Pets of Older Persons president Richard Wheater said.
“Others in hospital for day treatment may be unable to go home and become very distraught and distressed thinking of their beloved pet at home without food and TLC.
“Something like a street fall can also result in hospital admission with the same distress.”
Volunteers are police cleared and carry insurance.
Anyone wanting to donate or help should visit www.poopswa.|org.au and follow the prompts to complete the form to start the membership process.