Therapy dogs' ‘meet and greet’ in Ely raises £130 for charity

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4. - Credit: Mike Rouse

A charity that provides visiting therapy dogs to establishments across the UK visited Waitrose in Ely to help individuals who are feeling stressed about Christmas shopping. 

The four-legged furry friends along with their volunteers from Therapy Dogs Nationwide were outside the store from 10am-12pm on Saturday (December 4). 

Whilst there, they collected £132 for the charity. 

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4. - Credit: Mike Rouse

A spokesperson for Therapy Dogs said: “We were outside Waitrose to help with the Christmas shopping stress. 

“Individuals could come and say hello, get a cuddle from the dogs, and find out what we do in the community. 

“Thank you to everyone who came to visit us and we’re glad it made you feel better.” 

Due to being outside a busy store, the dogs attracted a lot of attention on the day. 

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One shopper said: “I loved stroking the St Bernard (Mr Brooks) and my husband enjoyed having a visit too."

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4. - Credit: Mike Rouse

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4. - Credit: Mike Rouse

The therapy dogs in the photos are all of their own dogs and they have to go through an assessment process to become a therapy dog.

The charity visit so many places, care homes, schools, university, hospitals, prisons, secure units, work places, all the emergency services and many more.

They are always looking for new volunteers and establishments in the area.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4. - Credit: Mike Rouse

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4. - Credit: Mike Rouse

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide visited Waitrose in Ely on December 4. - Credit: Mike Rouse


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