They also help people in palliative care. Labradoodles Max and Wally, and Lulu a miniature daschund, were in their element as they rubbed noses with their delighted admirers.
Luke Berman, TheraPaws Coordinator, said: “I am really excited to be working in partnership with Age UK, a fantastic charity helping the elderly. As we walked in people immediately stopped talking and looked at the animals. It was a terrific day getting to know so many different people.”
Tracey Hayes, whose mum has dementia, added: “It’s so good to see the dogs helping people. It’s such a loving nurturing thing to do and it helps them to remember their own pets. It really works 100 per cent.”
Kate Moffat from Age UK enthused: “We are so grateful to charities like The Mayhew for their free service. It’s wonderful. Most of these people would never have a chance to interact with pets as they’re socially isolated, frail, or get lost very easily. TheraPaws is a great project.”
Volunteer Flick Thorley, who brought in the three dogs, commented: “It was fab, I really enjoyed it. People started talking about their childhood pets. It was fascinating to see.”
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