“It is a wonderful programme which benefits all of those who take part. If it were part of the National curriculum it would get an Ofsted outstanding!”

~ St. Martin’s Primary School, Brentwood.

“The use of therapy dogs has made a huge difference to a number of our ASD patients, with an improvement in both behaviour and mental health. I hope the use of such therapy dogs will continue and most families/funders are usually impressed at meetings when told this is available.”

~ Dr. Josephine Opute, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambian Fairview.

“As a community-based service, we found the pet therapy sessions to be of great benefit to our clients. Those who attended live in varied settings, some in 24/7 supported living, some lived independently, some with parents and some with elderly parents. All did not have access to a pet dog at home, with the sessions promoting interaction between group members, social skill development, improvement of self esteem and reduced anxiety.”

~ Julie Peacock, OT Therapy Technician, South Essex Partnership University.

“The Nurture Dogs team have been visiting Woodland View Care home for 2-3 months now and have become a regular event residents really look forward to each fortnight.

As well as a ‘Meet & Greet’ in the coffee lounge upon arrival at the home, where there are always a number of residents actually waiting for the dogs to arrive, the team visit those residents who are either  bedbound or not feeling 100% on the day. The smiles on residents faces as the dogs enter a room is truly heart-warming and it’s very clear the pleasure the four legged visitors bring to someone’s day.

As Activities Coordinator at Woodland View I have been looking for dogs to visit the residents for so long and I am delighted with Nurture Dogs. They come with my highest recommendation.”

~ Kevin Riley, Activities Coordinator, Woodland View Care Home.

“Every student who was supported by Nurture Dogs increased their school attendance.”

“The intervention was very effective; above all it enabled our students to have a meaningful sensory experience.”