In particular, on the young, the elderly and the vulnerable. Dogs are great company and the world’s best listeners – they make no judgement or criticism about anything you might secretly share with them!
The Delta Society is a national not-for-profit organisation with a belief that the human-animal bond can improve our quality of life and leave a lasting paw-print on our hearts. They work with ‘volunteer’ dogs of all ages and breeds to provide comfort to those people who need it most.
The dogs need to pass an initial assessment test before embarking on a short training course, at which point they’re considered ready to do a little ‘good’. They visit hospitals, nursing homes and retirement villages, bringing joy to all. In fact, their visits are always the highlight of the week!
In school classrooms, the dogs can be a great learning aid, particularly for students that have reading difficulties. The calming effect of having a pooch to pat and stroke while being taught gives the children more confidence to speak out. After all, a dog’s love is unconditional! If you’d like to get involved with this brilliant volunteer programme, visit deltasociety.com.au