Bring Your Pet to Work Day

Anglican Care’s Bishop Tyrrell Place in Cundletown became more of a barn on Tuesday September 26, as it celebrated “Bring Your Pet to Work Day” with some very unusual guests.

 Bishop Tyrrell Place is certainly no stranger when it comes to animals and aged care, establishing the first “Care Farm” for residents in New South Wales in 2010.

Anglican Care’s Janet Sykes with volunteer Macy James and resident Elvira Lawly have a cuddle with Danny Boy the mini-horse.

“For our residents, animals play a huge role in helping them live a happier, healthier life,” said Kylie Jacques, Marketing Manager of Anglican Care.

“Research has shown contact with animals on a regular basis improves cognitive functioning, balances emotional concerns and increases feelings of enthusiasm and interest. They also offer a sense of peace and calm, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Staff also encouraged families to join in the fun by bringing in an animal that may have significance or an attachment for the residents.

Bishop Tyrrell resident Betty Turner with her grand daughter’s dog called Dolly Bishop!

“That is why we are so supportive of this wonderful initiative in Taree. The residents were not only excited about the animals but the fact their families were able to bring a family pet and reunite a pet with their elderly owner is very special,” Ms Jacques said.

The day commenced at 9.30am with a pet parade featuring best dressed pet, followed by photos with reptiles. There was also time for a bit of “chicken dancing”.

Anglican Care staff Janine and Jo play dress ups with resident Patricia Puffet (middle)