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Kidding around – Halstead care home welcomes a host of furry friends

February 20th 2020

Linda Petruzzella- Gale Morgan and Mandy Brown_1Residents were delighted when several four-legged friends trotted, hopped and bounded into their care home for a special visit.

The animals went in two by two at Care UK’s Colne View, on Dame Mary Walk, when a bundle of pygmy goats, bunnies and guinea pigs popped in to say hello, in celebration of ‘National Love Your Pet Day’.

Celebrating the furry members of their families, relatives brought along their pets for a morning filled with nibbling lettuce leaves and playing fetch. Residents were thrilled to have the opportunity to stroke and pet the friendly creatures, and Lady, Colne View’s canine relations manager, was also delighted to have some new four-legged friends to play with.

As part of the event, the Colne View team also organised for some pygmy goats to join in with the fun, and the placid creatures loved being stroked as they perched in resident’s laps.

Razvan Stanbeca, home manager at Colne View, said: “We had a fantastic time celebrating National Love Your Pet Day with some of our favourite furry friends. You could see from everyone’s reactions how engaged they were to get by such a variety of lovely animals, and it was wonderful to meet some of the pets we’ve heard so much about.

“Here at Colne View, we know just how beneficial animal therapy can be for older people – especially those living with dementia. Being close to animals can help lift a person’s mood, stimulate social interaction and ease agitation – and our cuddly companions were brilliant at doing just that!”

Colne View is a modern care home which provides full-time residential and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. Designed to enable residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has its very own cinema and hair salon, and there is plenty of space, both indoors and out, for relaxation and recreation.

For more information about Colne View, please contact senior customer relations manager, Kim Richardson, on 01787 389 337 or email

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Colne View care home has a lively but relaxed atmosphere, including a ‘village green’ with its own coffee shop and cinema. Beautifully furnished lounges around the care home offer cosy spaces where residents can chat with friends and family, or join in with the many activities taking place.

Colne View
Dame Mary Walk
Colchester Road
CO9 2FF (For sat nav, please use post code CO9 2HD)

0333 434 3019

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