Springdale residents line up to visit young lamb

More pet therapy programs are coming up, LEC says

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – For several weeks, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Sonia Murney had been asking John Davis to bring one of his Ile de France lambs to Springdale Country Manor to visit residents, and on Feb. 7 she got her wish.

And the timing couldn’t have been better, as the young lamb arrived at the Peterborough County long-term care home just in time for Friday Fun Day.

John is the son of resident Agnes Davis, and Sonia says she had been asking him to bring one of his lambs to the home every time he was at Springdale visiting his mother.

The wait was well worth it, Sonia says, noting there was a long lineup of residents waiting for their chance to pet the young animal.

Sonia notes that Springdale Country Manor is always seeking opportunities to bring animals to the home, given the social and emotional benefits they provide residents.

Looking ahead, Sonia says Springdale Country Manor will be having a visit from a small horse for an animal therapy program in March.

In April, the home will once again be getting ducklings from Woolley Wonderland Farm in Lakehurst. In April 2019, two ducklings residents named Bob and Larry spent a week at the home.

“The residents are loving it,” Sonia says of animal visits to the home. “They love it when animals are here.”

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