Therapet Visiting Service
For some years now it has been recognised, more and more, that pets are good for us! Indeed, it has been scientifically proven that the mere action of stroking a dog, or cat, slows down the heartbeat, reduces blood pressure, and makes someone who has already suffered a heart attack much less likely to have another.
Through no fault of their own, many people find themselves deprived of companionship of a much loved dog. It may be that they have had to go into sheltered housing, residential accommodation, a long-stay geriatric ward; perhaps they are simply no longer able to care properly for a pet. The same applies to children who are mentally or physically handicapped and those suffering a terminal illness.
THERAPETS come in all breeds, cross-breeds, or 57-variety mongrels! They can be small, medium or large! The only real vital statistic is a steady and happy temperament. The dogs are approved for temperament and general suitability before being accepted and are not considered until at least one year old. We also have some lovely feline visitors!
Volunteer owners must become actual members of CANINE CONCERN SCOTLAND TRUST - mainly so that we can be sure of insurance cover - although, happily, so far we only know of only one very minor incident - a happy dog's tail sweeping a vase from a low table!
Volunteers must be willing to make a regular commitment to visit, it need not be very often - once a fortnight, once a month or whenever - but the visits must be regular because the residents and patients look forward to them so much and are disappointed if they suddenly cease.