Care dogs brings joy and warmth to the life

Riikka Holappa

The Finnish Kennel Club started its care dog activities, where volunteering dog owners visit groups of people with special needs, in the year 2001. Care dogs are ordinary family dogs owned by laymen wishing to bring joy and warmth to the life of those who really need it.

Most commonly these dogs and their owners visit elderly, children and disabled people in e.g. different institutions, schools and day care centers. In addition, care dogs may visit e.g. mental health patients, people in need for rehabilitation, war invalids or autistics. The activity is based on volunteering, thus the care dog instructors do not receive monetary compensation.