Delta Society's puppy love brings joy to Castle Hill retirees

DAVID Kerr always looks forward to Tuesdays.

That's because he gets a visit from Jennifer Clark and her dog Smoke at the Anglican Retirement Village in Castle Hill.

"Smoke brings back good memories that I had with my old dog," he said.

"We all look forward to Tuesdays."

Mrs Clark is a volunteer with Delta Society Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that has visited the retirement village every Tuesday for the past eight years.

The society offers a program called Delta Therapy Dogs which involves bringing animal companionship to 20,000 sick and elderly Australians each week.

Mrs Clarke said happiness was the greatest gift you could give someone and she loved to see the smiles on people's faces.

"This is the highlight of the residents' week," Mrs Clark said. "They are so happy to have him around to brighten up their day."

Castle Hill RSL donated $4000 through its ClubGrants program to help with Delta's Hills' volunteer recruitment costs.

It costs $1000 each year to recruit volunteers, assess the dogs, train them to professional standards and provide uniforms.

The society began in 1997 to promote positive interaction between people and companion animals.

Details: deltasociety.com.au

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