Delta Therapy Dogs program brings joy and hope

Therapy pup Crysta with some of the staff in the Manning Base Hospital
Therapy pup Crysta with some of the staff in the Manning Base Hospital

Delta Society Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that operates off the core belief that the human-animal bond improves quality of life and leaves a lasting paw print on the hearts of those who need it most.

Paige Schumann has been involved in the Taree Delta group for three years.

“We are just a group of volunteers who, with their lovely pets, visit hospitals and nursing homes in our area to bring joy to the residents,” she said.

“Recently we have gained more facilities than we have dogs to visit them, so we really need some more volunteers and dogs to keep the program going.” 

If you answered yes to all those questions your dog may be suitable to volunteer, improving the life quality of countless grateful people.

“I personally have two dogs that visit the Children's Ward at Manning Base,” Paige said.

“It makes such a difference.”

The organisation has had a branch in the Manning River area for more than 15 years. It brightens the days of hundreds, from babies and children at the Manning Base Hospital, to those in mental health facilities, and residents in aged care facilities.

More than 1000 Delta Society volunteers and their dogs support 20000 Australians in hospitals and health care facilities, making regular visits, spending time with patients and lending a floppy ear to listen or a paw to shake.

For more information about volunteering with Delta, call Janine Briginshaw on 0418 250 695 or see the website www.deltainstitute.edu.au.