To mark their 30th anniversary, UK charity Dogs for Good will be running a series of four inspirational evening events focusing on the phenomenal Power of Dogs.
The events will include short, powerful talks from celebrities such as Brian Blessed and Peter Purves as well as respected academics, veterinary behaviour experts, photographers, authors and Dogs for Good Chief Executive, Peter Gorbing. The evenings aim to give an interesting insight, from different viewpoints, into all that canines bring to our lives.
Peter Gorbing comments, “It is this special human-dog bond that opens up so many possibilities and positively influences the health and wellbeing of both people and their dogs. Although our focus is on supporting people with disabilities, our ideas and approaches to supporting dogs and people is highly relevant and applicable to the wider dog-owning public.”
The charity, which brings dogs and people together through its Assistance Dog service, Family Dog service and Community Dog service, recently carried out a study with the University of Lincoln and found that dogs are saving the UK health sector an estimated £2.45bn a year. This was primarily the result of fewer visits to the doctor and improved mental wellbeing.
A survey by the charity asked owners to comment on how their dog had contributed to their overall health and happiness. Respondents said their dog had helped them cope with some of life’s greatest challenges including dealing with the loss of a loved one, coping with depression and anxiety and supporting them through cancer.
One owner who had experienced severe depression said, “Our dog is a constant reminder that for all the sadness in the world, life really is wonderful and precious.”
The two-hour talks start on 24th May in Oxford, followed by 6th June in Manchester, 31st October in London, and 15th November in Cambridge. All talks begin at 7pm and tickets cost £10. All proceeds will go to support the charity’s work.
Tickets are now available for Oxford and Manchester and can be purchased here or call 01295 262600.