We are so pleased to introduce our newest TheraPaws ® pups. These caring dogs have all recently passed their assessments and are now ready to spread love and joy in hospitals, care homes and hospices around 12 boroughs of London.
So say hello to our newest recruits, and a big thanks to all of our TheraPaws volunteers for giving their time to visit and socialise with sick, vulnerable and elderly people in London. You can read more about TheraPaws here.
First up, meet Daisy (pictured above) who will be visiting the elderly ward at Charing Cross Hospital. She is a real sweetie who loves a good cuddle and is going to make an excellent TheraPaws dog!
Olive, a gorgeous ex-Mayhew Staffie (read her story here) is a welcome addition to the group of amazing Staffies we already have on the TheraPaws programme. Olive passed her assessment with ease, just like all Staffies do that come up for TheraPaws. Olive (and her fantastic bat ears!) will be off to a care home in North London to put a smile on people’s faces in no time.
Winston is a gentle giant and was obviously born to make people feel loved and happy. He will be going to the Butterworth Centre in St John’s Wood to help people break up the week and enjoy the company of such a loving animal.
Poppy has previously helped her owner in times of crisis and now she is going to heal more hearts and souls in London. Poppy will be visiting the Royal Free Hospital in North London, as well as going to a care home too. This loveable dog will be creating so much joy in the community and affecting so many lives; we can’t wait to hear more.
We’re certain that our newest TheraPaws pups will settle in just fine, just as Miniature Schnauzer Axl and ex-Mayhew Lab cross Jet have. The popular duo has been thoroughly enjoying the visits to St Vincent’s Care Home in Hammersmith.
The two recently revisited the second floor lounge to be met by residents who had come especially to see them. Axl enjoyed a 20 minute stroke while the volunteers spoke with everyone, and Jet was being massaged and serenaded with a song by a resident who doesn’t speak.
The staff have said that Axl and Jet are the calmest dogs they have ever had. Several of the residents’ families are so happy for TheraPaws to be there that they will keep coming on Mondays just to see the dogs.
We have also been updated on how much the Alzheimer patients gain from the TheraPaws visits. Although they forget they have seen the dogs very quickly after they leave, the emotions they experience stay with them for up to 2 hours. We are so pleased to see how the residents’ spirits are lifted.
Keep up the good work, pups!
For more information on the TheraPaws programme, click here.
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