One of the challenges we are facing with the isolation strategies that are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is trying to stay connected from a distance. Connection through our pets is one of Cherished Pet’s core values so we have been getting creative and finding new ways to stay in touch. Some of our volunteers met up online for a virtual social morning tea. They made a cuppa and sat in front of screen to join other volunteers for an “around the water cooler” chat.
We are all experiencing surreal times, and want to share our love and support with our community at this time. This is a time like no other in memory where we need to be collaborative and supportive of each other. The CP Team is very mindful of the fact that many of our clients and community service recipients fall in to the group of people who are most vulnerable to Coronavirus. We are fiercely protective of these people, and will do all we can to follow instructions and introduce measures to flatten the curve as this virus spreads, to ensure these people have access to the health care they need.
This is Radar. But .. Sweet Radar greeted me at the door, tail wagging and enthusiastic to have a visitor. A quick assessment soon established that Radar was feeling ok, in fact he seemed pretty happy. Yes, he may have some health issues, but I was not comfortable with ending his life on that day.
Held by our belief that pets connect communities, our vision was to create a space where all pet owners belong, where professional services are provided to ensure our pets live long and healthy lives, and a space where like-minded pet-loving people can connect, share and support each other. This has now become a reality with our community pet hub!
For many people living in vulnerable times, veterinary costs are prohibitive and lead to unnecessary suffering of cherished pets, who mean so much to their people. It is well known the difference a companion pet makes to those who are isolated, homeless, fleeing violence or living with health challenges. Through our Foundation we allocate subsidy funding to assist eligible people to ensure their pets receive the veterinary hospital care they need.
For some folk, a barking Maltese can be a nuisance, but for dear Judith it is a lifeline. Judith is profoundly deaf and it is her cheeky little Milo who helps her stay connected to the outside world. Yes, Judith can arrange an interpreter when the need arises, but day to day Milo is the one who alerts her to activity and visitors, entertains her with his cheeky antics, and then lays loyally by her side as her constant companion.
Cherished Pets is beyond excited with the news that we are opening our Community Pet Hub in Ocean Grove, September 2018. Held by our belief that pets connect communities, our vision is to create a space where all pet owners belong, where professional services are provided to ensure our pets live long and healthy lives, and a space where like-minded pet-loving people can connect, share and support each other. What better place to do this than a community pet hub!
The CP Team was moved and saddened last month by the passing of three beloved clients in a very short space of time - Peter Hill, Yvonne Clark and Maureen Williams. They were all Cherished Pet Foundation recipients who had very special, loving bonds with their cherished pets. We are happy that we could support each and every one of their relationships and enable them to have a loving companion by their side.
As Seniors Month draws to a close in Victoria, we are celebrating all things ageing in our community, especially the role that companion pets play in enriching our lives (at any age) and in enabling people to stay healthy, well and happier for longer. There is so much evidence out there now on the benefits of companion pets, especially for older people. Pets encourage us to remain active and socially engaged for longer; pet owners recover faster from heart attacks and other illnesses and have shorter hospital stays, pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and are four times less likely to need to visit the doctor.
Alicia, Natalie and Dr Jen O’Dwyer (pictured above with Dr Rebeca Garcia Pinillos) recently represented Cherished Pets at the One Welfare Conference II held in Sydney. The conference brought together national and international experts across animal welfare, human healthcare, conservation and environmental science to share ideas and consider solutions to complex problems impacting on animals, people and the environment.
We first met Poppy when her owner contacted us seeking someone to help her with walking Poppy. Poppy is a beautiful, young greyhound who was adopted from GAWS into a loving home and quickly became a close companion. After having a fall, Poppy’s owner was not able to take Poppy on the daily walks she needed. Her kind next door neighbour helped out by taking Poppy for a couple of walks a week but Poppy needed a daily walk. We introduced Poppy and her owner to one of our caring volunteers who started taking Poppy for walks.