Golden retriever starts fortnightly visits
A golden retriever named Lucy has visited residents of a Umina aged care home as the start of a program of fortnightly visits.
The visits have been organised by the Paws Pet Therapy charity for residents of Don Leggett House at Peninsula Village.
Paws Pet Therapy trains volunteers and their dogs to provide specialised pet therapy to people with special needs.
Village chief executive Mr Shane Neaves said Lucy was a welcome visitor.
"Relationships with pets can be particularly rewarding for older individuals with outcomes including alleviated symptoms of depression, decreased blood pressure, better communication and improved reminiscence."
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Shane Neaves, Peninsula Villages