Mercia Grange has begun receiving weekly visits from a very special four-legged friend and his owner.
Residents at Mercia Grange are being treated to visits from Paul and his adorable pooch, Jasper the Cockapoo, every week – including a special visit on Love Your Pet Day.
Jasper is proving very popular with the residents, who enjoy petting and stroking him, and always look forward to his weekly visits.
Home manager at Mercia Grange, Shirley Gibbs, said: “It is fantastic to see the smiles on everyone’s faces when Jasper comes to visit. Jasper and Paul bring so much excitement to the home as it’s a real treat for residents to be able to fuss over a friendly dog.
“Jaspar’s visits provide fun animal therapy for the residents, which is important as being close to animals can help lift a person’s mood, stimulate social interaction and ease agitation. You can see from residents’ reactions just how engaged and happy they are to be close to him.
“Many residents have a keen interest in animals, so we’re really lucky that Paul and Jasper are able to visit us every week. We would like to thank Paul for coming to the home on Love Your Pet Day, as well as every week, as his visits make a real difference to the residents.”