Dogs on a dementia mission for the Mayhew Animal Home

Tess receiving strokes at the Alzheimer Society cafe in Kingbury as part of the Mayhew Animal Home T

Tess receiving strokes at the Alzheimer Society cafe in Kingbury as part of the Mayhew Animal Home Therapaws programme - Credit: Archant

Three dogs from The Mayhew Animal Home were a howling hit in Kingsbury as they offered therapy at a dementia event.

Noodle receiving cuddles at the Alzheimer Society cafe in Kingbury as part of the Mayhew Animal Home

Noodle receiving cuddles at the Alzheimer Society cafe in Kingbury as part of the Mayhew Animal Home Therapaws programme - Credit: Archant

Noodle, Shadow and Tess were at the Alzheimer Society’s café at the Father O’Callaghan Centre in Hay Lane offering the Mayhew’s pet therapy programme to those affected by memory loss and dementia.

The TheraPaws pet therapy programme, offered by the charity in Trenmar Gardens in Kensal Green, recognises the benefits of animals engaging with older people, particularly with dementia, encouraging social interaction to promote emotional and physical wellbeing.

Alan Newman, who regularly attends Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia café, said: “I think TheraPaws is brilliant, I’d already heard of the programme as they used to visit my late wife.”

“It’s so good to see the dogs interacting with people, and it gets them talking about their childhood pets. I even adopted a black cat called Sooty from The Mayhew a few years ago.”

Jack with Shadow at the Alzheimer Society cafe in Kingbury as part of the Mayhew Animal Home Therapa

Jack with Shadow at the Alzheimer Society cafe in Kingbury as part of the Mayhew Animal Home Therapaws programme - Credit: Archant


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Adrian Pennington from Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are so grateful to charities like The Mayhew for their free service. TheraPaws is a great initiative and it’s wonderful to see people’s reactions when the dogs first enter the room.”

Luke Berman, project manager, TheraPaws, says: “It was great to work with Alzheimer’s Society, a fantastic charity helping people with dementia. As we walked in people immediately stopped talking and looked at the animals.”

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“Some people have had to give their pets up so our dogs bring a lot of joy and wellbeing to people. It was a terrific day getting to know so many different people.”

Mayhew volunteers and their dogs go on regular visits to care homes, day centres, hospices and hospitals across 11 different London boroughs including Brent and Westminster.

Carole, Bill and Debbie with their dogs Shadow, Tess and Noodle, all volunteers for the Mayhew Anima

Carole, Bill and Debbie with their dogs Shadow, Tess and Noodle, all volunteers for the Mayhew Animal Home Therapaws programme - Credit: Archant

They currently have 75 volunteers and 50 dogs devoting their time to the TheraPaws programme.

Mayhew Animal Home volunteers Noodle, Shadow and Tess and their owners offered their pet therapy pro

Mayhew Animal Home volunteers Noodle, Shadow and Tess and their owners offered their pet therapy programme at the Alzheimer Society Cafe in Kingsbury - Credit: Archant

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