Cherished Pets Foundation was founded in 2015 by Dr Alicia Kennedy to provide high quality, in-home, pet care assistance for elderly and disabled pet owners living independently.
Our passion is pets and people.
We believe in the power of pets to help people maintain their independence, health and wellbeing.
We advocate for the vital role pets play in our health and wellbeing, particularly for senior citizens.
The Foundation supports companion pet ownership for our more vulnerable community members by keeping their pets healthy and providing support during times of crisis and transition. Cherished Pets cares for their beloved pets when they can't.
The isolation felt by senior, disabled and vulnerable community members is alleviated by the companionship of a pet. Australia is a nation of pet lovers and as our population ages the need for community pet care services will grow. Supporting and promoting pet ownership for older and disabled people will help build connected and age-friendly communities for the future.
Cherished Pets Foundation is a registered charity governed by a Board of Directors.
Current members of the Board are:
Chris Balaam (Chairperson)
Helen Butteriss (Treasurer)
Debbie Taylor (Secretary)
Barry Sproull (Governance Subcommittee)
Dr Jen O’Dwyer (Animal Health Subcommittee)
The Animal Health Subcommittee oversees the health and wellbeing of all pets in the program and develops and implements animal health and wellbeing policies and proecedures:
Dr Jen O'Dwyer (Chairperson)
Dr Alicia Kennedy (Veterinarian)
Natalie Davey (Project Manager)
Nadine Williams (Pet Bereavement Counsellor)
Kym Colls (Dog Behaviour and Training Consultant)
Natasha Woodfine (Dog Behaviour and Training Consultant)
Glenda Stewart (Community Vet Nurse)
Sue Donnelly (Vet Nurse)
The Foundation’s services are provided by three part-time staff members: