Pets as Therapy Volunteers Janet and Rufus retire

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 7th June, 2024

On Monday 15 April, Janet and Rufus retired from their roles as Pets as Therapy Volunteers after almost three years.

Pets for Therapy is incredibly important for several reasons. Interacting with therapy pets can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while enhancing overall emotional wellbeing. They can also play an integral role in improving cognitive, social, emotional and physical functions. Therapy pets like Rufus bring joy and comfort, creating a more positive environment for both patients and colleagues.

Janet said “I think Rufus has brought joy and smiles to many faces in the last few years.”

Pauline Champion, Early Career and Volunteer Coordinator, added: "I absolutely agree that both Janet and Rufus delivered so much happiness to everyone on their regular visits and will be missed greatly. I was always asked on my walkabouts, “where is Janet and Rufus? When are they next coming in?”

As we celebrate Volunteers' Week, we thank Janet and Rufus for giving up their spare time to help others. We wish them all the best for the future and a relaxing and enjoyable retirement.

Rufus the Pets as Therapy dog