9 ideas for Celebrating National Pet Month - April 2019
National Pet Month is back, and it is even better than ever, attracting thousands of animal lovers to celebrate the value of pet ownership! Every year it brings people together to shout about the benefits of owning a pet, promoting good pet ownership, and raising funds whilst having some fun! Why not invite friends and families to bring in their pets or arrange for a local charity or dog care to come and visit your home to give your animal loving residents a wonderful morning.
Thousands of people of all ages benefit every week from the visits provided by PAT Volunteers. These volunteers work with their own pets to bring joy, comfort and companionship to many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal. Pets As Therapy is also becoming increasingly involved in structured Animal Assisted Therapy sessions, through referral by clinical psychologists working with dog phobic patients, and with occupational therapists working with patients in stroke rehabilitation. Pets As Therapy (PAT) is a national charity. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, day care centres, schools and care homes, including brighterkind homes, across the UK.
Jonasz Kubaszczyk, community administrator at PAT says;
"There are real therapeutic benefits to a PAT visit! Being able to pet an animal improves people’s lives by providing companionship and there are also proven benefits for stroke patients and people suffering health conditions such as autism and dementia".
Below are a few ideas that you could try for National Pet Month.
1. Precious Pet Memories – use questions such as what pet did they have? What was it called? How did they name it? Where did they get it from? What were the pet shops like back then?
2. Pet Pictures – ask families for any photos of family pets, including ones the resident may have bought for their children when they were growing up. Perhaps showcase these in a gallery for other residents/visitors to see.
3. A visit from the family pet is always welcome, with grandchildren coming along to?
4. A special family walk with this pet would be lovely!
5. Dog Show – organise a small dog show in your home, complete with rosettes for prizes for waggiest tail, jumping through a hoop, fastest round an assault course etc.
6. Pet Parade – invite interesting pets and their owners along to showcase their pet and give some info on them
7. Pet Pop – come up with a song about pets. This should be fun, include instruments and could even be performed at local pet outlets or local events to create some publicity whilst having some fun
8. ‘Name that doggy in the window’ game – create a game where different dog pics are shown and residents must guess the breed of the dog
9. Pet Poetry – Include in regular poetry clubs, writing a poem about pets or a specific pet
Here are some handy online resources to help you:
In brighterkind care homes, we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them: ‘Magic Moments’. For more about our Magic Moments Club for residents, please visit: https://www.brighterkind.com/about-us/recreation-and-activity Activities are personalised and reflect the interests and hobbies of our nursing care, residential care and dementia care residents.