Residents in Sanctuary Care homes have been busy fussing over their animal friends for National Pet Month.
Animal fun at The Rosary
Bunnies, guinea pigs, chinchillas and even chickens leapt onto residents’ laps at The Rosary Nursing Home in Bridgwater.
The collection of animals are regular companions to the residents as they live on- site in the home’s own pet sanctuary.
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Lyn Taylor said: “Our residents love animals and having the pet sanctuary in the home is so important to them as they enjoy the comfort they get from animals.”
Teddy visits Greenslades
Fifteen week old puppy Teddy dropped by to visit residents at Greenslades Nursing Home in Exeter.
Teddy, who is a Chug – cross breed between a Chihuahua and a Pug, was a huge hit with the residents during his visit, with many having never seeing a pooch quite like him before.
Greenslades resident, Dorris Ferris, said: “Teddy was lovely – I wasn’t sure what breed he was, so thanks to National Pet Month I’ve now met a Chug.”
Teddy’s owner, a carer who works one day a week at Greenslades, Jade Mingo, said: “He is such a placid puppy and absolutely loves the attention he gets. I jumped at the chance to bring him into work for National Pet Month – I love to show him off and I knew the residents would love him as he’s small enough to fuss over on their laps.”
Animal sessions at Chadwell House
Rabbits, chickens, hens and other birds were the star of the show this month at Chadwell House Residential Care Home in Romford.
The cute animals, who live on-site in the home’s pet corner, regularly bring comfort to residents in frequent animal therapy sessions.
Chadwell House resident, Josephine Chapman, said “I always get great comfort when I see them, especially when stroking the rabbit, it’s very relaxing”, with fellow resident, Catherine Spiteri, adding: “I used to own my own hens when I was younger and collect their eggs, so every time I see our hens at Chadwell House it always brings back some wonderful memories for me!”
About National Pet Month
The interaction with animals is part of April’s National Pet Month, for which the theme for 2015 is Pets and the elderly: enjoying later years together.
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.