Our ministry is home to over eighty dogs which are tended to by a dedicated team of residents who share a passion for the dogs.
These residents are safely supervised and trained to work with these dogs.
Every day all the residents are given the opportunity to walk a dog in a structured and supervised ‘Dog Walk’. On the walk, the residents are encouraged to bond with the dogs an important facet of a resident emotional development.
The walk is also seen as a time of reflection in which the residents pray and reflect on their day. When talking about “Dog therapy”, this refers to walking the dogs during a dog walk.
We have also found that residents with withdrawal, insecurity and fear to trust people, can relate better to an animal that accepts them unconditionally.
This is beneficial to the emotional healing process and gives them the confidence to start reaching out to people as well.