Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
Send Cancel

Cash boost for Dementia Dogs Project
More than 500 people living with dementia are set to benefit from the Dog Days.
Charity to pilot a series of community events

A series of community events and trials using trained therapy dogs can now go ahead, thanks to funding from the National Lottery.

UK charity Dogs for Good received a grant of £314,022 for the Dementia Dog Project that the charity runs in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland.

The money will be used to pilot a series of ‘Dog Day’ community events and goal-oriented therapy intervention pilots in Scotland and England.

“This grant will allow the Dementia Dog Project team to test and pioneer new approaches to reduce social isolation and bring joy and meaning into the lives of people with dementia,” explained Peter Gorbing, chief executive of Dogs for Good.

“Through our work training dementia assistance dogs, we have seen the positive contribution that dogs can make to people’s lives. This boost in funding for the Dementia Dog project will help us to reach even more people living with dementia in the community.”

More than 500 people living with dementia are set to benefit from the Dog Days, with evaluation measuring well-being and economic benefits for both people with dementia and their carers.

Community dogs, supplied by Dogs for Good, will undergo their advance training at HMP Castle Huntly - an open prison near Dundee and the operational base for the Dementia Dogs Project. Men at the prison gain valuable employability skills and improve their well-being while helping to provide highly trained dogs to help people living with dementia.

In the community, pools of volunteers and their pet dogs will also be recruited and trained in trial areas, to help establish new training standards. They will also test the viability of delivery mechanisms on a larger future scale.

“This pilot project from Dogs for Good is an excellent example of how National Lottery funding can help groups test out new ideas or approaches,” said Maureen McGinn, chair of Big Lottery Fund, Scotland.

“There is evidence which shows that dementia assistance dogs can help people with dementia and their families live more fulfilling independent lives. So we are delighted to be able to fund some of this work in Scotland.”

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

New app to improve street dog welfare

News Story 1
 A new free app will support vital work in clinics caring for stray dogs around the world, experts say. Created by the University of Edinburgh, the tool allows vets to track the wellbeing of dogs going through catch-neuter-return schemes, which are common in countries with large numbers of strays.

Vets say the welfare of individual dogs can be overlooked during the process of capture, transport or surgery. The app, piloted across Asia and Africa, helps staff to monitor welfare, spot signs of distress and develop strategies to improve care. It was launched at BSAVA Congress on Friday 6 April.  

Click here for more...
News Shorts
Farm to fork traceability championed in new service

Defra has created a new information service to offer farm to fork traceability when the UK leaves the EU. The Livestock Information Service, which is set to be operational from 2019, will identify and track animal movements via electronic IDs, meaning the industry and government are better placed to respond in the event of a disease outbreak.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said: “This service will be instrumental in improving traceability and providing guarantees to consumers about the origin of their food. NFU President Minette Batters, among others, has helped lead the way on this, showing how it will drive a progressive and vibrant livestock industry once we leave the EU.”