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:
Judy Wookey (Chairperson)
Helen Butteriss (Treasurer)
Mel Twomey (Secretary)
Dr Jen O’Dwyer (Animal Welfare)
Our team of community pet care volunteers support companion pet care so that pet owners can enjoy the benefits without the worry.
They help with daily pet care tasks such as:
Brushing and washing pets
Cleaning up pet waste
Transporting pets to the vet
Administering flea and worm treatment
In home pet respite care
Our veterinary professionals and animal health team:
Provide pet health, wellness and behaviour assessments and plans
Peace of mind consultations
Emergency planning services:
Emergency pet care planning to ensure pets are cared for if their owner is hospitalised, moves into an aged or disability care facility or passes away.
Respite pet care for pets in the event of an emergency or during times of change.