Senior Programs

Enhancing quality of life and health through the animal/human bond.

At Therapeutic Paws of Canada we offer a volunteer based therapy dog and cat visitation program for senior facilities such as retirement homes, nursing homes, Alzheimer day away centres, hospitals and where there is a need.

The medical establishment has long recognized the significant benefits of a therapy dog and cat program. The petting and stroking of a pet helps to calm the most agitated resident and stimulates wonderful conversations about the pet they once owned. Recovery from surgery is quoted as being accelerated when there is continued contact with a pet. As a result of the many government fiscal cutbacks, the facility’s staff is stretched to their limits. The positive impact of our program on the day-to-day life of each senior throughout our community and beyond cannot be calculated.

Elderly woman and a therapy poodle