Velma's Blog

Seeking Pets As Therapy volunteers – Active seniors welcome!

Wonderful news! Our health care facilities are starting to invite us back after lock down to offer our valuable Pets As Therapy service. We are now seeking volunteers especially in the following areas of Sydney, NSW. Hornsby, Castle Hill, Pennant Hills, Northern Beaches, Liverpool and the inner city. We are seeking compassionate, reliable, people who are healthy enough to walk around a nursing home or hospit

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Merry Christmas To All Our Pets As Therapy Volunteers and Supporters

Wishing each and everyone of you, and your 2 and 4 legged loved ones, a fabulous Christmas day for those of you who are celebrating. Taking this opportunity to say how deeply I appreciate your support and / or volunteering with our charity and hopefully, it won't be too long, before we are clear of COVID and we can once again be able to offer our valuable and amazing community service to all health care facilities

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Merlin the cat brings joy and hope to a palliative care patient

English language teacher Deise Palmieri concedes that before a visit from a fluffy ragdoll cat, her life seemed to be heading downhill rapidly. An accomplished woman fluent in multiple languages, Deise, 66, is undergoing palliative care at Greenwich Hospital. Deise was diagnosed with an aggressive neck and facial cancer in February 2019. Deise’s journey with squamous cell cancer has changed her life, taking away

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Should you use punishments or rewards, to train your puppy or adult dog?

Consider using dog training methods your dog wants you to use! Is the use of scare tactics ever appropriate? Should you use negative or positive reinforcement to train your dog? What effect does forceful training have on a puppy or adult dog? Are you using "forceful" methods deliberately or unknowingly? That sounds familiar? It's OK! Don't feel bad! Put yourself in your dog's paws! Here's the fantast

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AWL lobbies for Residential Pets

Animal Welfare League are encour aging Residential Aged Care Facilities to Allow Residents to Keep Their Pets: I supported the AWL to help encourage and support the managers and board members of residential care facilities to keep their pet when entering their care. We at Velma’s Pets have been aware of the multiple benefits pets are especially to aged, frail and vulnerable people. Twenty plus years ago when I sta

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