Rest homes & Hospices
Canine Friends experience shows that people are energised and comforted by visiting dogs. Dogs give people a reason to communicate and this can be the first step in ending isolation and loneliness especially for rest home residents and those confined to bed or wheel chairs.
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We have a number of dog therapy teams visiting at hospitals throughout the country.
We will regularly organise our dog therapy teams for group visits for events that allow us to promote Pet Therapy such as University Study weeks, special events like the Special Childrens' Christmas party and the Dogs NZ National Dog show.
A representative from Canine Friends will work with your organisation to ensure you have a dog therapy team or teams that best meets your residents needs.
Visits last around an hour, plus any traveling time. This can vary depending on things like the weather. Some dogs wilt quite quickly in hospital heat!
Members visit one or two locations on a regular basis, usually weekly or fortnightly.
Visits are scheduled to suit hospitals and rest home programmes and members' commitments and availability. Weekend visits have become increasingly popular as fewer people have free time during the week.