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.
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.