Through our individual careers in the health care profession, we were regularly caring for elderly and often lonely patients, who would speak fondly about how much they missed the companionship of their pet dog, now that being housebound owning their own was no longer an option. This sparked an idea, why not set up a dog therapy charity? A charity that would connect volunteers and their dogs with isolated members of the community, not only helping to reduce stress, anxiety and isolation that having contact with a dog is proven to do, but also breaking down social barriers through rebuilding individuals confidence in their local community. In January 2020 Dogs for Health was born.
Dogs for Health is a charity that works alongside professionals in the community to help reduce stress, social isolation and anxiety, helping to improve health and wellbeing.