Many of you may know that I worked for a long time in care homes before having my children, and you may also know that I was brought up around pets and lots of animals (even safari animals!). We now have 2 cats, Poppy and Boo and they bring so much joy into our lives (and a little chaos of course!)
One of the care homes that I worked in had a resident cat called Tango. He was rescued from the bin outside the home as a tiny kitten when someone decided they no longer wanted him. He then spent every day since sitting on the residents laps for cuddles, wandering the corridors and even kept the dying company as he sat on the end of their beds in their final moments. Oh, not forgetting taking pleasure in walking all over my paperwork! CATS!
I am sure you have heard stories of sick children swimming with dolphins, or children with learning difficulties spending time with horses and I am sure you can close your eyes and see the joy on those children’s faces and the love in their eyes as they have the contact with these peaceful beautiful animals.
The same companionship, healing and love can come from your average moggy or mongrel. I have witnessed first hand how pets have lifted the spirits of the lonely, eased the deep pain within the bodies of the elderly and created millions of smiles in situations where finding a smile may be the hardest thing to do.
So, think about someone who may no longer be in their own home, and maybe that home may not be fortunate enough to have a resident fluffy, maybe if your pet is safe and comfortable paying a visit into the home of a sick or old person you could call up the manager and see what you can arrange! From dogs to snakes to rabbits, think of the joy it could bring to someone who needs that little uplift!
Sunrise Senior Living have put together this handy graphic to outline some of the health benefits of being around pets. You can read more about their pet policies on their blog.
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