Updated 26 May 2016 – Velma’s Blog Page

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Polly, 12 Year Old Cocker Spaniel, Seeking A Forever, Loving Home!

Happy New Year To Our Wonder VPAT Team!

 Velma’s Pets As Therapy Celebrating 16 Years – watch our film

Pets As Therapy Volunteers Needed Now in all locations of Sydney. Recruiting now!

Coco The Toy Poodle On His First Pets As Therapy Visit

Animal Welfare League are encouraging Residential Aged Care Facilities to Allow Residents to Keep Their Pets

Grant Writer Wanted! Velma’s Pets As Therapy (registered charity) is currently seeking a Grant Writer working from your own home.

Volunteer Needed at our West Gosford, NSW Office

Seeking to offer a dog a forever home? Check out these lovely dogs and cats. Some assessed for ‘pets as therapy companions’.

Sell Your Pet Products and Services or Link To Your Pet Web Site

Pets As Therapy Cats For Sale

See Velma’s Short Video Now On Youtube – Four Legged Angels!

 

Polly, 12 Year Old Cocker Spaniel, Seeking A Forever, Loving Home!

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Polly, 12 year old Cocker Spaniel is seeking a loving, forever home! Accredited Pets As Therapy Dog!

Polly has been assessed and is totally suitable as a companion, pets as therapy dog.

Ideal for a mature person or couple without young children who might accidentally be a bit rough with this gentle, old girl.

Polly is a desexed, has a C5 vaccination and is heart worm negative. Polly has “dry eye” so needs eye ointment twice a day, morning and evening and her nose moisturised after meals. Apart from that, she is happy, healthy and a sheer delight. She has been de-barked at some stage in her life. She still makes a quiet bark and stops barking on command. Toilet trained, affectionate, loving, great with all people, dogs and cats. Polly is only happy with short walks. Her favourite things in life are cuddles, kisses, tummy rubs and eating! Polly is currently living in Gosford, NSW and is available for adoption for a small donation of around $100.00 to the right home. A home inspection is required.

For full details please contact Velma on 02 4322 4121 or at: velma@velmaspetsastherapy.com.au

 

Happy New Year To Our Wonderful VPAT Team!

I trust your Christmas was everything you wanted it to be and wishing each of you a New Year full of love, joy, happiness and great times with your 2 and 4 legged family and friends!
I spent the day with my dogs, watching TV, drinking tea (well I am English!) and eating vegan cake! I said to Bev, there is nothing else I would rather do and nowhere else I’d rather be. Just relaxing with my dogs brings me all the joy I ever need.
I want to take this opportunity to “thank you” for your commitment to our important pets as therapy charity and to the valuable service you’ve offered to the challenged, frail and fragile folk throughout 2015. The health professionals often tell me that their residents/patients/clients pets as therapy visits, is the most valued activity/therapy they receive. Each of us knows the importance and value of what we do as we see it in their faces on every visit. Some of them thank us and some aren’t able to speak but we see it in their eyes.
I know this work isn’t as glamorous and easy as most people think it is and it can be tremendously challenging from time to time. But you’ve stuck with it and worked your way through the challenges and continue to offer your service; because you know how much it means to each individual that we share our friendship and darling pet with.
You are all very special people and I’m proud to be working with you.
I’m so much looking forward to working with you in 2016 to continue to do all I can to support you in your awesome and amazing work.
Attached is a pic of Honey, the instigator and inspiration of Velma’s Pets As Therapy.
Happy New Year!
Velma
Honey Claus

 

Velma’s Pets As Therapy Celebrating 16 Years – watch our film

I founded Velma’s Pets As Therapy 16 years ago due to the inspiration of my darling Poodle, Honey. What a challenging, hard working, amazing, adventurous and magical journey it’s been. Turn up the volume and click here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt79mApX10Q&feature=youtu.be

 

Pets As Therapy Volunteers Needed Now in all locations of Sydney. Recruiting now!

Velma’s is considered to be the most professional pets as therapy program in Australia. Candidates must be committed, capable and able to learn specific OH&S, infection control and safe pet interaction procedures. We may be mainly volunteers but we operate at strictly professional standards. We are the only pets as therapy program is produced to allow our pets welfare, happiness and safety equal to that of the clients they visit. Entire Sydney region including south Sydney, inner city, North Shore and The Hills. Velma’s Pets As Therapy Inc Assoc, registered charity are now recruiting new pets as therapy visiting volunteer therapists. Our training workshops will be held in September/October. There is home study required prior to attending our workshops, therefore, enrol now to give yourself study time. If you are considering joining us and have a friendly, healthy pet that loves meeting strangers, now is a very good time to join our committed team of volunteer therapists. Contact Velma Violet Harris, Founder and General Manager at:  velma@velmaspetsastherapy.com.au

 

Coco The Toy Poodle On His First Pets As Therapy Visit

I rescued Coco a year ago. He is a 7 year old, toy poodle. At first he was a little confused about all the adoration and attention he was getting but he soon learned to enjoy that! Also attending the visit was Andrea with Puddin (Spoodle) and Kasia.

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Animal Welfare League are encouraging Residential Aged Care Facilities to Allow Residents to Keep Their Pets: I am currently supporting AWL to encourage and support the managers and board members of residential care facilities to keep their pet when entering their care. We at Velma’s Pets have been aware of the multiple benefits pets are especially to aged, frail and vulnerable people. 15 years ago when I started Velma’s Pets As Therapy, the first few years was taken up mainly of convincing facilities to allow our ‘pets as therapy’ pets access. For the last 10 years we’ve always had a customer waiting list for our service; demonstrating that the word of the many benefits of pets is out! We are currently generating a list of pet friendly residential care facilities. If you know of any facilities please let us know so we can pop them on our list. We are also currently volunteers to support frail, aged and disabled residents in pet management. If you are interested and live anywhere in NSW, please let me know.

 

Grant Writer Wanted! Velma’s Pets As Therapy (registered charity) is currently seeking a Grant Writer. Grant Writer Wanted! Velma’s Pets As Therapy (registered charity) is currently seeking a Grant Writer. This is a volunteer role working from your own home for a few hours per week. As it’s working from home your location is not relevant. If you have associated experience and would like to help our valuable community service, please contact Velma at: velma@velmaspetsastherapy.com.au

 

Volunteer Needed at our West Gosford Office: We are currently seeking the following volunteer roles. We are at our office on Wednesdays 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Office Administration Angles, Fund Raisers, Customer Service, Bookkeepers. If you are interested please contact us at: velma@velmaspetsastherapy.com.au

 

Seeking to offer a dog a forever home? Check out: http://www.paws.com.au/FosterCare/FosterCareDenise.html

 

Sell Your Pet Products and Services or Link To Your Pet Web Site: Do you produce a unique pet product or provide a pet service? We now offer the opportunity to promote your product here on this site or link to your website. Our website is consistently at or near the top of Google search for the past five years – we are popular! And you can be too. For more details contact us. Check out:http://www.velmaspetsastherapy.com.au/pet-products-and-services/

 

Pets For Therapy – Cats For Sale We now have temperament tested, fully trained and accredited pets for therapy cats for sale. These cats are perfect as residential cats in health care facilities and companions to individuals. Check out: http://www.velmaspetsastherapy.com.au/pets-for-sale-and-wanted/?preview=true&preview_id=69&preview_nonce=62a99d5fd4

 

Four Legged Angels Video Watch a short video about how Velma’s Pets As Therapy was founded by Velma after she experienced a chronic illness that had her in bed for close to 3 years. Honey, Velma’s darling poodle, kept her company and was the inspiration for this program. See our short video now at Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3ugVEVmud0