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‘You see their genuine love for them’

Maplewood residents’ bond with animals a beautiful thing: Kristie Istead

One female resident adoringly watches a flock of quails for about 45 minutes. Others reach out to touch an English angora bunny and a silkie rooster. Read more

Frost Manor’s ‘little in-house celebrity dog’ is providing quality visits with residents

Frost Manor resident Mike Lane visits with Tracker, a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog.

Tracker’s owner, Bill Dopson, says they’re both enjoying their volunteer experience at the Lindsay LTC home

Tracker, a seven-year-old Basset hound, is not only a favourite visitor at Frost Manor, he’s also pretty well-known around Lindsay. Read more

Casey, Village Green’s favourite feline, passes away

Casey, a cat who has lived at Village Green for many years, is pictured here with Brianna MacPherson, the daughter of Village Green maintenance manager Brian MacPherson, in this photo taken in 2004.

Administrator Linda Pierce remembers Casey as a valuable member of the home’s palliative care team

Village Green recently lost a special team member who also lived at the Greater Napanee long-term care home for many years. Read more

Therapy dog Vezna is putting smiles on faces, one resident at a time

Forest Hill resident Shirley Grant pets Vezna, a schnauzer mix, who visits residents with her owner, Sharon MacDonald. Sharon and Vezna volunteer at Forest Hill through Ottawa Therapy Dogs.

For three years, Vezna and her owner, Sharon MacDonald, who are with Ottawa Therapy Dogs, have been volunteering at Forest Hill

For three years, a miniature schnauzer mix named Vezna has been volunteering at Forest Hill with her owner, Sharon MacDonald. Sharon and Vezna, who are with Ottawa Therapy Dogs, leave residents smiling after each visit. Read more

Wildwood residents enjoy ‘goat yoga’

Unique idea of combining yoga with animal therapy delivers benefits to residents

Wildwood Care Centre residents were treated to a unique program Nov. 28 that combined yoga with animal therapy – more specifically, “goat therapy.” Read more

Connie Coll reflects on year volunteering at Springdale with her cat, Hero

Therapeutic Paws of Canada volunteer Connie Coll and her cat, Hero, are pictured here during a recent visit to Springdale Country Manor.

She says working with residents has reinforced the value pet therapy brings to people living in LTC homes

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – Connie Coll says the support she and her cat, Hero, have received from Springdale Country Manor has been “wonderful” since the duo began volunteering at the Peterborough County long-term care home 15 months ago. Read more

Village Green team member praised for his ‘meow-nificent’ work with residents

Casey, a cat who has lived at Village Green for many years, is pictured here with Brianna MacPherson, the daughter of Village Green maintenance manager Brian MacPherson, in this photo taken in 2004.

Casey the cat has spent most of his 18 years at the home

One of Village Green’s longtime team members plays a unique but important role at the Greater Napanee long-term care home – and you might be surprised to learn who that is. Read more

Administrator’s pet dog putting smiles on Village Green residents’ faces

Village Green residents Dorothy Kennedy and Win Flieler play with Sadie, a Shih Tzu owned by administrator Linda Pierce. Sadie visits residents every week.

Linda Pierce says Sadie, her Shih Tzu –Maltese pup, is connecting with residents

Sadie, an 11-month-old Shih Tzu -Maltese, is making quite the impact on Village Green residents when administrator Linda Pierce brings her to the Greater Napanee long-term care home. Read more

Petting zoo engages Streamway residents on many levels

Pictured above, scenes from the petting zoo that Streamway Villa hosted on June 3.

‘The residents didn’t want to go back inside. It was one of those magical days where everything just worked out perfectly’

The return visit of Kristie’s Little Portable Petting Zoo to Streamway Villa brought about a lot of fun, laughter and reminiscing for residents, while providing a conversation piece for the surrounding community. Read more

VIDEO: Hero the cat comes to Springdale for pet therapy

Pet therapy is a favourite activity for many long-term-care home residents, and a new cat therapy program at Springdale Country Manor is bringing a unique feline to residents every Friday. Read more