PET THERAPY SERVICES
We offer our Reading Paws Programme, Emotional Health sessions and Play sessions all aimed at improving literacy, the school experience, and the well-being of the pupil. We can work in groups or with individuals. Spending time with a dog can help a pupil to gain confidence in a non-judgemental, non-demanding, fun & therapeutic way.
"This intervention has been invaluable as we have seen our son grow in confidence breaking boundaries we didn’t think possible. We may not have believed it, had we not experienced the huge improvements in our child first-hand! Thank you for giving up your time and support to help our child.”
A Parent whose son received 1:1 support from us.
We can attend Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Schools and work in groups or with individuals pupils.
Dogs on your Doorstep - social isolation
We believe that no older dog-loving member of our community should be without the joy of a dog in their lives.
Our mission is to reduce loneliness in older persons by enabling the visit of temperament assessed dogs and their volunteer owners in a safe and professional manner to the persons own home or care setting. Putting the needs of the older members of our community at the heart of this project.
Loneliness can lead to damaging effects to the mental health of our older population. In Wales today 75% of women and a third of men over the age of 65 live alone. We are aiming to make small impact on loneliness in our communities with Dogs on your Doorstep with support from the Awards for All National Lottery Communities Fund in Wales.
If you have ever owned a pet, you will know the love and fun they can bring to your life. But did you know they can improve your health too? Studies carried out by the likes of the University of Liverpool, mental health charity Mind and pet charities have found that dogs have amazing mental health benefits as well as physical health benefits.
From these reports, it has been found that dogs can help reduce stress, anxiety and even depression. Caring for a dog can ease loneliness, encourage exercise and provide valuable companionship for older generations. Above all else, we believe dogs bring unconditional love to your life! 90% of nurses surveys by the Royal College of Nurses said they felt animals could improve the health of patients with depression while 60% said the presence of animals could speed up recovery.
Studies have also found that:
Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
Stroking a dog can help ease stress and anxiety in people.
People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than people without pets.
Pet owners over 65 make 30% fewer visits to their GPs than those without pets.
We have had our visits evaluated at an acute mental health hospital ward' (Prince Phillip Hospital, Llanelli.) click here for the article and outcomes.
We can visit acute mental health wards, day services, support groups and support people in the community.
Pet Therapy brings significant psychological advantages for those with dementia symptoms: emotional connection, flowing of affection, relief of boredom, renewal of energy – the list goes on. It comes down to a very simple truth: pets just make us feel happier.
A time comes when it is no longer safe for a person living with dementia symptoms to remain at home. When private pet ownership is no longer possible and someone with dementia has moved into a care home, they can still reap the benefits of a dog through our volunteer visits.
“My mother has had Dementia for the last 6 years. Zambu and Gill from Cariad Pet Therapy recently visited my mother in her care home and yesterday was such an experience. Mum thought Zambu was her dog and described how she had walked him, had to bath him twice then cooked his dinner! She spoke non-stop for 30 minutes and it was a joy to behold. Thank you so much for providing this service and of course to your volunteers.”
We also have our automated pets (cats and dogs) that are realistic plush robotic pets, with Barkback and Vibrapurr technology. Studies have found that these automated pets can provide a sense of comfort and joy to those living with dementia and other memory challenges. We have recently championed these during COVID-19. See recent blog post here
We have just been awarded Awards for All National Lottery Communities Fund in Wales funding and a small grant from Haverfordwest Town Council to offer these in further into the community.
A sure way to improve the wellbeing of employees is through having our therapy dog teams visit. By providing therapeutic visits we can help with the overall wellbeing of employees and help to enhance productivity, recruitment and retention. Nothing can beat a waggy-tail and welcoming smile. It helps with communication between teams and staff morale..
“I’ve just started working at Amazon and met Tink from Cariad Pet Therapy for the first time yesterday and I felt way better after just spending a few minutes with him. I know it’s going to be the highlight of my working week now. Small things like spending a minute with a dog can have a massive impact on our wellbeing.”
Amazon Swansea (CWL1) recently won a UK and EU award for Excellence for Employee Obsession after submitting the Cariad Pet Therapy scheme.
A RAMS is carried out and agreed. before any visits. There is a small charge to the employer for Employee Wellness visits.
The benefits of Pet Therapy to elderly members of our community are many. A visit to a care home from one of volunteers and their partner dog can provide companionship as well as other valuable benefits including:
Aide motor skills
Improve recovery times
Support with Dementia and Alzheimer's
Lower blood pressure
Boost mood and lower depression
Aide self-esteem and self-worth
Reduce physical pain
Aide fine motor skills
click here for an article from Hywel Dda Health Board regarding Zambu's visits to South Pembrokeshire Hospital.
Other services we offer:
Autism - we have extensive knowledge, interest and experience of autism in children and adults and have utilised that experience in the pet therapy that we offer. We have supported children with transitions and change within schools and worked with children who are selectively mute. Dogs do not place social demands and are generally predictable and consistent; all perfect traits.
University exam de-stress - We visit the students at Cardiff University and The Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff with great success.
Cynophobia - We work with adults and children who have extreme phobias with dogs on a desensitisation programme.
Group talks - We attend community groups and give talks on our work and to promote the power of the human-animal bond.