But problems can arise when a person gets older and finds it increasingly difficult to adequately look after their pet.
Without help, both walking and driving 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 who cover the area between Falcon and Two Rocks and east to the foothills.
But volunteers are desperately needed, as are donations.
“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.”
The Coastal South region, west of the freeway from Cockburn to Falcon, has had a surge of applications for help but there are not enough volunteers to care for them all.
Because Pets of Older Persons provides a free service, it relies on donations, grants and fundraising to cover overheads.
Volunteers are police cleared and carry insurance.
Anyone wanting to donate or help should visit www.poopswa.org.au and follow the prompts to the relevant section and complete the form to start the membership process.