Caregiver Canines Brings Therapy Dogs To Homebound Seniors

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OCEAN COUNTY – Who doesn’t love the company of a sweet little canine companion? If you’re a dog-loving senior but don’t have the ability to look after a pet of your own, Caregiver Canines can bring you a temporary furry companion!

Caregiver Canines is a non-profit program offered in Ocean County by Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey. The program brings certified therapy dogs to visit seniors at their homes for a little play time.

This program is no charge and perfect for seniors, like Stella, who live at home and are not able to get out much. Stella is visited once a week by a therapy dog named Christy from Caregiver Canines. Stella and Christy spend some quality time together each week and Stella looks forward to the visits because it allows her to have the enjoyment of a pet without the difficulty of looking after her 24/7.

A Caregiver Canines coordinator can match you with a volunteer and a therapy dog for one-to-one visits in your home that last about one to two hours.

For more information, call the CVCJ office at 732-505-2273, or email