Volunteering with animals is one of our most popular areas and there are lots of opportunities to help out where you live.
You could walk an older person’s dog who can no longer walk it themselves and stop for a cuppa, and a chat afterwards. This is a win for both the dog and the owner, and you! For many older people their precious pet is the only company they have and you can help keep that relationship strong by giving your time. It’s also good to check up on the owner, to make sure they are ok and don’t need anything. The Cinnamon Trust is a charity that supports the elderly, disabled and terminally ill to keep their canine friends, and although it’s not based locally, they have volunteers all over the country.
Rosedene Animal Rescue Centre in Walsall are always looking for people to come and give the dogs a walk, they love to be out in the fresh air and it helps them to socialise and get used to new people ready for getting their new home.
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Do you have a friendly, sociable pet? Do they enjoy attention and relish being stroked, and petted? We have the purrrrrfect role J
Why not take your pet along to visit a friend or relative in supported housing or residential care [best to check it’s ok with the manager first of course!]. I used to take my dog to the sheltered housing scheme where my father lived every week. She used to pop into all the flats on his floor to say ‘Hello’ and then come back to his for a treat or two [he kept a special supply] and a nap on his lap, whilst he told me what he’d been up to. Many older people can no longer keep their pet when they move into supported housing, or maybe they had a dog when they were younger. Stroking and talking to a pet is very therapeutic for both them and the pet.
Pets As Therapy is a national charity. They enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK. If you have a sociable dog or cat, why not volunteer with them to bring a smile to someone’s face and who can’t have their own pet?
Our four legged friends can help boost a child’s reading confidence too!
Pets as Therapy also run a project called ‘Read2Dogs’ where assessed dogs go into schools to hear children read. Find out more here http://petsastherapy.org/what-we-do/read2dogs/