Helping hand for Holly

Jim Wright and Colin Traynor with Holly (9).
Jim Wright and Colin Traynor with Holly (9).

The Lynwood 80-year-old�s golden labrador Holly is considered a part of the family.

Holly is now a valued member of a much bigger family thanks to Pets of Older Persons (POOPs).

The not-for-profit association has volunteers who walk dogs for people who are over the age of 65 or palliative care patients.

The father of four said before the help of POOPs Holly was putting on weight, but now she was a healthier and happier dog.

�We haven�t been able to take Holly for a walk because my son isn�t steady on his feet and my wife can�t walk out with the dog because she�ll get lost,� Mr Traynor said.

�POOPs is a big help because Holly hadn�t been for a walk for at least two or three years and we used to take her for walks every night.

�POOPs would have to be one of the best organisations that you can be in if you have a dog.�

Thornlie resident Jim Wright is one of the POOPs volunteers who regularly takes Holly for a walk.

The active 70-year-old father of two understands the importance of keeping pets and people together.

�We get satisfaction from it because you see the benefits dogs get from regular walks and the benefits flow through to their owners,� Mr Wright said.

�Holly seems to know when the volunteers are arriving � she stomps her feet in the kitchen waiting for you to get the lead on and let her out.

�In a lot of cases, pets are all that people have, so the fact that POOPs can help keep them together and us being able to take the pressure off them is a bit of a win-win for everyone.�

POOPs has more than 200 volunteers working throughout Perth.

The organisation�s south co-ordinator Beth Wright said pets provided elderly people with companionship and helped with their general wellbeing.

Call 9450 3206 for more details about the group.