Assisting the elderly look after their pets for the health and happiness of both the owner and pet e.g. dog walking, animal feeding, transport to/from vet appointments.
Dog walking – Some elderly people are physically unable to walk their dog and become upset when their pet is not getting the exercise it needs. The pet, too, can become distressed and put on an unhealthy amount of weight. While dogs need to be walked on a regular basis, volunteers are under no obligation to commit to regular walking times, but commit as much time as they can comfortably manage. Times can be arranged so they are mutually convenient.
Animal feeding – Elderly people sometimes go into hospital for short periods of time (2-3 days). In these cases, volunteers may feed animals in the homes (often backyards or verandahs) of their owners. This provides the owner with peace of mind that their animal is being looked after and allows them to attend to their own health and medical needs.
Transport – Many people have used a local vet for a number of years but due to age or disability are no longer able to drive or walk long distances to get their pet to the vet. We should try to keep clients using their local veterinary service as much as possible, but in order to do that they need help to transport animals to/from the local vet. If you are willing to use your car in those circumstances we would love to hear from you!
Please note this position is advertised by the City of Cockburn Volunteer Resource Centre on behalf of the organisation above.