We care about loneliness in our ageing years, and about the number of animals in shelters without a loving home, so we had an idea…
To make it our mission to tackle loneliness in older adults and animal homelessness by providing two key services:
We provide financial support to people over 60 who are struggling to afford the ongoing monthly costs associated with caring for their pet. We can also cover the one-off rehoming fee so people over 60 can afford a rescue pet companion. It’s a win/win – the individual gets a friend, and the animal gets a loving home.
We provide Community Spaces in Shawlands, Troon and Alloa where people over 60 are welcome to come in for a free cuppa and enjoy the company of our companionship dogs, staff and volunteers. At our spaces, we offer group activities and relaxing therapy treatments to over 60s for free, and their beloved canine companions are welcome too.
Pets and regular connection with others can have positive effects on the mental and physical wellbeing of older adults.
Many of the individuals who engage with our charity live alone, and their pets are the main source of company and affection.
Pets are constant companions and can bring welcome relief from the adverse effects of loneliness in our ageing years. They can provide motivation to rise in the morning, a sense of purpose and a feeling of being needed. With daily walks, pets ensure their owners get outside each day for fresh air and physical exercise, and they provide routine in a day which might otherwise be empty.
We act with compassion for animals and older adults. Compassion in action is at the heart of what we do.
We are trusted by the individuals and organisations who fund us, as well as by those we support.
We respect, and are respected by, local communities and individuals within those communities.
We are recognised for our kindness. Kindness is our calling card!
“I want to thank you so much for helping me to find my soulmate, Buzz! I can’t tell you how much this wee dog has changed my life! All of a sudden I’ve got routine and purpose in my life! I would recommend this to anyone who’s alone and without direction or purpose in life. The rewards from owning a pet are multiple. Health wise but, more importantly, mentally and emotionally! I am in awe of this charity for having the foresight to team up us lonely folk with the unconditional love of a pet!
Please consider – what have you got to lose?!”
Support us to tackle loneliness for people over 60 and animal homelessness.