With age and disability preventing many from being able to fully care for their pets, not-for-profit Pets of Older Persons (POOPS) is stepping in to assist.
The service, which caters specifically for people over 65 and palliative care patients of all ages, includes home visits, animal feeding, dog walking and transport to and from vet clinics or boarding kennels.
South coast coordinator Lynne Downing said she was pleased to be part of a vital service.
‘For me, it is knowing that an elderly person does not have to lose their beloved pet if they had to go to hospital for any reason and being able to walk the dogs when their owner can no longer do so,’ she said.
‘Pets are so beneficial to the elderly, providing them companionship and can help with their well-being.’
Hamilton Hill resident Brian Coxe couldn’t be happier. Mr Coxe has Parkinson’s Disease, a heart condition and arthritis and said it was hard to get the required exercise for his husky-cross, Taffy.
‘Before this service came along I thought I was going to have to find a good home for him. It was tough because he’s my life and I didn’t know how I would part with him,’ he said.
‘This service is absolutely fantastic and the volunteers are amazing. It’s wonderful knowing he’s now getting the exercise he needs.’
Interested volunteers should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lynne on 0433 703 557.