This Christmas Gage and Basteyn are without a family and a home. They lost their number one person, Belinda, just a few weeks ago and now they need our help. Help Basteyn and Gage get a new home for Christmas. Donate to Cherished Pets Foundation. Or consider adopting Basteyn and Gage.
The past year has been particularly challenging. In addition to dealing with the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID pandemic, many people and pets in our community are facing personal crises. The requests for help that we receive vary day to day. Every pet, every human and every circumstance is unique. However, our ground-breaking and innovative Veterinary Social Work (VSW) service professionally and consistently responds to the daily enquiries and requests. Please consider giving to our charity, Cherished Pets Foundation, for your end-of-financial-year gift.
I think it’s pretty fair to say that the coronavirus pandemic has affected us all. Even our pets have been impacted too. In June, we conducted a short survey of our Foundation beneficiaries and volunteers to find out how suspending these services had affected them. Read all the results here.
Shakti was rescued from an abusive home at four months of age. I didn’t choose her, she chose me. Finding each other was the most serendipitous experience imaginable. After hearing her story, without any thought, never having seen her I said, “I’ll have her”. That was the beginning of 15 happy, adventurous years with my girl. The best dog anyone could wish for. She was re-christened Shakti (Indian goddess of power and strength) and she took over my life. Read all about Shakti and her owner’s wonderful life together and their special bond by clicking below.
Going for a walk in the park, to the beach or around the block should be enjoyable for everyone. If we respect other people and animals when we are out walking, we can all enjoy our time outside. Whether your dog is on or off leash, they should always be under your supervision. You should always be able to see your dog and call them back to you. Train your dog to come back to you when called. If you are not sure they will come back, then keep them on leash and seek the help of a qualified trainer. This will help keep your dog safe. In this blog post, Natalie Davey discussing tips and tricks for responsible dog walking to make sure that walking your dog is an experience enjoyable for everyone.
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.