Pets as Therapy dog Charlie regularly visits residents at Sanctuary Care’s Highcroft Hall Residential Care Home in Old Fallings Lane, but his visit on Friday (24 April) will be extra special because it marks National Pet Month.
The six-year-old Golden Retriever is always a huge hit with the residents during his visits.
Owner Jill Gollins said: “He is such a placid dog and absolutely loves the attention he gets. One lady at the home always follows us around throughout his visit. The first time he came with me she said he was the most beautiful dog she had ever seen.”
During Charlie’s visits he meets the residents and can often be seen with his head on their laps waiting for some fuss.
Friday’s visit is part of April’s National Pet Month, for which the theme for 2015 is Pets and the elderly: enjoying later years together.
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Jayne Woods said: “Many of our residents love to receive visits from Charlie – he is such a calm dog and is so gentle, with such a beautiful temperament.
“To have him with us during National Pet Month is a wonderful way to highlight the therapeutic value of animals and celebrate what wonderful companions they can be.”
Pets as Therapy is a national charity which was founded in 1983 to provide therapeutic visits to nursing and care homes, hospices, hospitals and special needs schools with friendly, temperament tested and vaccinated dogs and cats.
Since it began over 28,000 dogs have been registered into PAT schemes and today there are around 4,500 active PAT dogs and 108 cats in the UK. For more information about Pets as Therapy visit Pets As Therapy or call 01844 345 445.
National Pet Month is a registered charity which aims to promote responsible pet ownership, make people aware of the mutual benefits of living with pets and raise awareness of the value of working and assistance companion animals.