20 December 2016

Rescue dogs brought their own brand of festive cheer to sheltered housing residents this week as Santa Paws came to town!

The cute canines – wearing their own special Yuletide jumpers – delivered an early Christmas present to older people at Cherry Tree Common in Nether Edge as they were enjoying a coffee morning.

The visit from friendly pooch Autumn, along with volunteers from RAIN Rescue animal charity, was the last in a varied programme of activities held in council-run sheltered housing schemes.

Lauren Sanderson, Deputy Manager at RAIN Rescue, said: “We are delighted to work with Sheffield Council to bring dogs back into people’s lives.

“It’s a fact that dogs can enrich the lives of those living in isolation, suffering from dementia or just those who miss having a dog around.

“We hope our visits gave residents something special to look forward to.”

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “We run events and activities for people living in sheltered housing to help them get out and about, and mixing with other people. This is all aimed at tackling loneliness and isolation.

“I hope the visit brought lots of smiles and festive cheer to everyone at Cherry Tree Common.”

Find out more about Rain Rescue at www.rainrescue.co.uk.