Creatures and critters of all shapes and sizes were the star attraction for residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Stepney.
Rabbits, guinea pigs and much more
The highlight for the residents was undoubtedly the adorable honey coloured bunny Harvey, along with popular guinea pigs Baked Bean, PJ and Victor.
The residents and the team got the chance to fuss over the beautiful animals, including proud hen Mabel, as well as learning interesting facts about each of the furry and feathered characters from staff members of the Furry Tales family.
Perfect activity for the residents
The Sanctuary Care’s activities leader, Joan Coker, concluded: “Furry Tales was wonderful and perfect for the residents. They all love animals and when they arrived every single face lit up – made it all worthwhile.”
Tom Diss, 92 year-old resident, added: “I loved cuddling the rabbit – I felt very content. I would love Harvey to come again”, with fellow 82 year-old resident, Ron Ballard, adding: “It was fantastic, with all the animals and shrubs it was like the outdoors was brought to us in the comfort of our own lounge. I felt right at home with everything that was going on.”
About Furry Tales
Furry Tales is a not-for-profit animal-assisted programme based at Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG. The programme was set up to provide older people with a non-judgemental companionship and help residents with dementia to stimulate conversations and memories via the warmth and physical contact of the friendly animals.