Canine Concern helps the sick, lonely and elderly by providing visiting dogs to homes and hospitals.
Canine Concern volunteers visit care home residents and hospital patients for about an hour each week or fortnight, on a regular basis, so that a good rapport is beginning to be established after just a few visits. The residents or patients really look forward to seeing ‘their’ dog and smiles appear when our volunteers enter the room.
Many people have had pets in their lifetime and when they are no longer able to cope on their own are admitted into care. This can be upsetting in itself but is heartbreaking when they have to part with their dog or, worse still, their beloved companion is put to sleep. You only have to imagine yourself in their position to realise just how much it means to be able to stroke or cuddle a dog again.
Not only does the dog bring movement and stimulation into the residents’ lives but can help stroke patients, who will sometimes try to reach to touch a dog or try to talk to a dog more than they will to residents or staff.