It costs £352 this year for each Visiting Wag Team.  Your support provides friends for older dog lovers in the community.

John Robson from Cramlington tells us why life is so much better with friends.

Loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Many people have lost friends and family as they have got older and at the same time they have found themselves unable to care for a dog any more.

Some are bereaved, grieving, profoundly lonely with failing health and desperately miss the friends they've lost, two legged and four legged; with Wag & Company they get both.

David Dawson, Older Person's Specialist, Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust says:   “My background is secondary care, tablets, doctors, treatment plans etc.  All very important to staying well. The work that you are doing in Wag is just as important, because when people are lonely and isolated, it is next to impossible to stay well.”

Our friends, their stories..

Some lovely examples of Visiting Wag Teams helping to combat loneliness with a regular chat, a cuppa and that much missed furry cuddle.

Visiting Wag Team, Anita & Harry, visit Gordon & Gwen in Sunderland
Gordon lives with his wife Gwen and were referred to Wag by Kelly from The Essence Service in Sunderland.  Kelly...
Visiting Wag Team, Karen & Woody, visit Wendy and Tom in Newcastle.
Wendy and her husband Tom have had dogs all their married life, border collies or labradors, but after their last...
Visiting Wag Team, Lynne & Spud, visit Jim in Newcastle
Spud’s first visit was in September 2021 and was accompanied by the referrer, Heather from CNTW NHS.  Heather told us...
Visiting Wag Team, Stephanie & Alfie, visit Doreen in Yarm
Doreen is 89, she lives alone in Yarm but has a very supportive family close by. Doreen is a huge...
Visiting Wag Team, Marilyn and Ted, visit Tom in Lynemouth
Tom is 93, he was widowed just over 3 years ago and he had lost his dog not long before;...
Visiting Wag Team, Sharon and Millie visit Winnie in Newcastle 
Since January 2020, Sharon and Friendship Dog Millie have been visiting Winnie in Newcastle.  Winnie lost her husband and whilst...
Rest in Peace, Mrs Jane Stobbart, who so loved her Friendship Dog, Max.
Last week we heard of the death of one of our friends, Mrs Jane Stobbart. Jane lived with dementia and...
Oscar granting a last request at St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham.
We were contacted by St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham with a really urgent request.  One of their patients was facing the...
Visiting Wag Team, Liz and Milly visit Norman in Prudhoe
Norman originally rang us himself to ask if it would be possible to have a dog to visit as he was...
Visiting Wag Team Debi and Poppy visit Joan in Newcastle City
We received a referral on the 23rd December for Joan who is receiving round the clock palliative care in her own...
Visiting Wag Team Gemma and Bentley visit Lynn in Killingworth
Mrs Lynn Brennan was referred to us in August 2018 by her GP and also by St Oswald’s Hospice because...
Visiting Wag Team Olivia and Kobe visit Ella near Durham City
Olivia and Kobe have been visiting Ella since January 2019. Ella has full time carers and a condition which confines...
Visiting Wag Team, Terry and Dotty visit Eddie in Bishop Auckland
Since November 2019, Terry and his dog, Dotty, have been visiting Eddie in his own home in Bishop Auckland.  Eddie...
Visiting Wag Team Rachel and Ballet visit Ron and Cath in Cramlington
Since November 2017, Rachel and her labrador, Ballet, have been visiting Ron and Cath in their home in Cramlington. Both...

Home visits

Providing vulnerable people with access to a dog and a friend again, wherever they are, is a very important thing to do.  But our home placements are especially important because without us, there is no other similar charity to visit and they would miss out terribly.

Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust refer to us and Julie Leddy, part of their Support Planning team said: 

“Referring to Wag & Company is a great way for older people, who would struggle with the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for a dog, to have contact with a dog and friendship with its owner. In simple terms, loneliness and isolation are bad for people’s health, particularly older people. With levels of loneliness among older people high, and forecast to rise, it is our duty as health professionals to open up opportunities for greater social interaction to help people to stay well at home and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.”

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