A nationwide search for the paw-fect canine companions to carry out important duties at healthcare charity Sue Ryder’s neurological care centres, hospices, and palliative care hubs across the UK is underway.
The first of its kind competition by Sue Ryder and Pets As Therapy will celebrate dogs that are changing lives across the UK – with 11 four-legged friends being awarded the title of Ambassadog, working with Sue Ryder to spread love and support to those who need it most.
Sue Ryder believes that the unconditional love of a dog can provide companionship, relieve stress, and bring joy to people living with a terminal diagnosis, complex neurological condition, or acquired brain injury.
Selecting the next therapy pooch for each of Sue Ryder’s hospices and centres across the UK will be down to a panel of dog-loving celebrity judges, including presenter Kaye Adams, actress Carley Stenson, TV presenter Richard Arnold, and author Emily Dean, as well as expert judges, Matthew Robinson from Pets As Therapy and Heidi Travis, Chief Executive of Sue Ryder.
The four-legged recruits and their owners will be expected to volunteer a minimum of two hours a month to visit their nearest Sue Ryder hospice, palliative care hub or neurological care centre to provide puppy love and furry cuddles with the hope of brightening the days of Sue Ryder’s patients, residents and staff.
Each dog will be assessed to make sure they fit the Pets As Therapy temperament assessment and are sociable, friendly, calm and gentle enough to work with Sue Ryder’s patients.
“My Shih Tzu, Raymond, has changed my life in ways I never thought possible. He knows instinctively when I need comfort and support and manages to lift my spirits when I need it most,” said Author of Everyone Died so I got a Dog, Emily Dean.
“That’s why I’m supporting Sue Ryder’s campaign to appoint a canine ambassador for each of the Sue Ryder hospices and neurological care centres across the UK. The charity has seen first-hand how visits from pet therapy dogs brighten people’s day.
“If you think your dog has what it takes to become an Ambassadog, please visit the Sue Ryder website to apply. I cannot wait to see everyone’s pictures – may the best dogs win!”
To find out if your loyal companion has what it takes to be a Sue Ryder therapy dog, view the job description online by visiting www.sueryder.org/Ambassadog. Nominations must be in by 28th May 2021.