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Caring for animals in a paw-fect world, as they care for us

MONEY can't buy love. However, it can buy a puppy and that's kind of the same thing.

Now while that may be the joke slogan on a pet lover's website, the reality is that's not far from the truth for some.

Animals bring joy to so many people and evidence shows they are good for our health and wellbeing.

Pets have been used in a variety of situations for therapeutic purposes, from hospitals to mental institutions, or like the example of Holly the Chihuahua, in nursing homes.

Kevin Wolff takes Holly to visit residents at the Rockhampton Nursing Centre because of the enjoyment the residents get out of her visits.

 

Staff at the centre have said pet therapy has been therapeutic for clients, calming and soothing, even helping with aggression.

With that sort of result it is no wonder pet owners love their animals.

Which is why it is so hard to understand how people can dump animals, or harm them in any way.

Glenlee's Jodi Turney is offering $1000 for the safe return of her beloved purebred boxer Jay Z, while another woman from CQ, Brooke McClymont, has been co-ordinating the rescue of over 42 animals from around the region.

Capricorn Animal Aid is one local organisation who helps find new homes for unwanted pets.

There are Queensland organisations dedicated to pet therapies too, such as Delta Society.

We should be supporting these organisations, and their volunteers, for the work they do not just for animals, but for us as humans.

The Delta Society website sums it up well.

"The human-animal bond remarkably improves our quality of life and leaves a lasting paw print on our hearts."

Topics:  animal cruelty dogs nursing home



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