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HELPING OLDER FOLKS KEEP THEIR PETS – THE PETS FOR LIFE PROJECT BEING CONSIDERED IN CAIRNS

14 Nov

dog-cat_1838650cThere’s plenty of evidence that having a pet is good for you – as long as you’re able to look after your dog, cat, bunny rabbit, bird, fish, chook. But what happens if your circumstances change, and you become less able to care for your pet? This can happen for many reasons, but the most likely one is ageing. As we get older, illness or infirmity might make it hard to keep the beloved family pet with you. And what happens when you decide to move into retirement accomodation or aged care? Do you have to give your pet up for adoption, or face the awful decision to have it put down?

A group of people in Cairns have been very actively working to find ways that older people can keep their pets with them – and they’re very interested in a project that has been quite a success at Caloundra, in south east Queensland. The Caloundra Community Centre has started the Pets For Life project – which puts volunteers in touch with older pet owners. The volunteers visit regularly to help look after pets, and also provide regular social contact for the owners.

Tomas Passeggi is in Cairns tonight to discuss the Pets For Life project at a public meeting. He’s the community development co-ordinator at the Caloundra Community Centre. LISTEN to my interview with Tomas here

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Posted by on November 14, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, community, EFFINCUE

 

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3 responses to “HELPING OLDER FOLKS KEEP THEIR PETS – THE PETS FOR LIFE PROJECT BEING CONSIDERED IN CAIRNS

  1. Tim Adams

    December 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Thanks Richard, it will go up tomorrow.

     
  2. Tim Adams

    November 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Great article. With your permission I’d like to reproduce it on our website.

    We’ve covered this topic extensively, and would like to share your news with our followers and supporters. We’re a charity supporting research in the human animal bond.

    Tim

     
    • rdontheroad

      November 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Hi Tim
      Yes I’m happy for you to share this post.
      Cheers
      Richard

       
 
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