TheraPaws named NOAH’s charity for 2015

NOAH, the National Office of Animal Health, has adopted TheraPaws as its charity for 2015.

TheraPaws is a community initiative run by The Mayhew Animal Home. It serves two very important roles, first helping people by encouraging social interaction and promoting emotional and physical wellbeing, and second helping animals. The more people who see animals contributing in a positive way the more they will stand up for them, adopt them and ensure they are healthy and well looked after.

Speaking at the NOAH Dinner in London on 21 May, Catherine (Cat) Sayer, NOAH Chair said:

“NOAH’s Pet Event, with its theme of Pets and the Elderly, held in the House of Lords in January highlighted how important companion animals are, supporting the health, wellbeing and quality of life of older people. TheraPaws exhibited at that event and the value of its work left a big impression. The programme enables people that to feel the benefit that animals can bring, even when they are unable to keep an animal themselves.

“NOAH is calling on the new Government to enact housing regulations which would let people keep their pets and to allow the presence of companion animals in care and residential centres — something that would allow TheraPaws to reach even more people and mean that 140,000 older people every year are not forced to give up their pet when they enter supported accommodation.”

Luke Berman, TheraPaws Project Manager said:

“When NOAH said they were nominating The Mayhew Animal Home and specifically TheraPaws as their chosen charity of the year I was so overwhelmed with joy, pride and excitement. NOAH is a fantastic organisation that does extraordinary work championing the health of our four legged friends, and what would TheraPaws be without healthy animals. Through the TheraPaws programme human and animal volunteers visit care and residential homes, day centres and palliative care units to engage with people who may be suffering with dementia, loneliness, depression and life threatening diseases. Everyone involved looks forward to the visits and they become an essential part of the routine for the people we visit. The platform NOAH is giving us, both financially and by raising awareness, will make a real difference to the work we can do and enable us to keep offering this service for free.”

A prize draw was held at the NOAH dinner in aid of TheraPaws, and they will also receive a £1 donation from each sale of the 2016 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets.

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26 May 2015

Notes for Editors

  1. For further information on NOAH contact Alison Glennon at NOAH, tel. +44 (0)20 8367 3131, or Luke Berman TheraPaws, 0208 962 8004

  2. The National Office of Animal Health represents the UK animal medicines industry: its aim is to promote the benefits of safe, effective, quality medicines for the health and welfare of all animals.