National Lottery boost for Cariad Pet Therapy

Updated: Apr 8

Cariad Pet Therapy has received a welcomed £222,420.00 from the National Lottery Community Fund to support the development of their community projects.

The funding award will provide the Pembrokeshire based organisation with 2 x full time posts over 3 years to assist in developing their pet therapy service across Wales, support their pet food bank, champion their robot pet programme, and develop their supported employment scheme.

“We are grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund for their ongoing support with our projects. This award will help us to support our 60 volunteers and to aid our development over the next three years. This is especially poignant a time when mental ill-health is a rising concern, and the cost of living is on the ascend; this is a real boost for our communities,” said Robert Thomas, Project Manager at Cariad Pet Therapy.

With their head office based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Cariad Pet Therapy provide wellness visits with therapy dogs across west and south Wales to healthcare, education, employers, and to people socially isolated in their own homes or are lacking the confidence to go back out into the community. They also provide therapy dog wellness visits to Amazon in Swansea, Swindon, Dunfermline, and Bristol, as well as to the staff at the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust across Wales.

Established in 2018, Cariad Pet Therapy has won several awards for their support in the community, and since last year their pet food bank has donated over 110,000 meals in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire to pet owners experiencing the impact of the pandemic, and the recent cost of living rise.

They have also donated 60 robot pets to people with dementia across Wales which provide joy and companionship. As a Disability Confident Employer, they provide supported employment and volunteering opportunities for people out of work, or with work limiting health conditions, or disability, at the pet food bank.

Cariad Pet Therapy are looking forward to continuing to support local communities with the support from The National Lottery Community Fund.

Robert Thomas concludes, “We are looking forward to our next phase as an organisation, and to continue to make a difference to the quality of life to those in need. We are also grateful to the players of the National Lottery who enable this funding to be awarded.”

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