“THEIR HEARTS ARE WITH THE RESIDENTS” – LONG-TERM CARE VOLUNTEERS REACH OUT DURING COVID-19

“THEIR HEARTS ARE WITH THE RESIDENTS” – LONG-TERM CARE VOLUNTEERS REACH OUT DURING COVID-19

Photographs of Stuart Mah and his 8-year-old dog Nugget are pinned to the walls at Mount Saint Joseph long term care. In one picture, the duo wear big grins and hold a hand-lettered sign that reads “See you soon.”

Stuart and his Rottweiler/shepherd/lab cross have been visiting the long-term care home every Saturday afternoon for almost three years. Nugget, who received pet therapy training through BC Pets and Friends, provides affection and comfort to the residents. Due to visitor restrictions in response to COVID-19, the volunteer pair haven’t been able to visit their friends at MSJ for weeks. Recently, Stuart reached out to make sure the residents know he and Nugget miss them and are thinking of them. 

“By sharing photographs with the residents, I want them all to know that Nugget and I care very much about them, and that we’ll be back when it is safe to do so,” he says.

Stuart isn’t the only volunteer who’s reached out to MSJ in recent weeks.

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