We are setting up a Dog-Sharing project - find out how dog-sharing works and why you should get involved.
What is Dog-Sharing all about?
- Allowing people to enjoy the company of dogs even if they don't own one themselves
- Promoting the companionship of dogs as a way to improve well-being, promote a happy lifestyle, and bring people together over a shared interest
So what would this involve?
- This could mean organising group dog-walks or getting together to be around dogs and meet like-minded individuals
- Sharing stories about the benefits of dog companionship and contributing ideas to help others who could benefit
Why are we doing it?
- Nearly 70 per cent of British people are lonely, and over half of people over 75 live alone
- Research shows dogs can help with loneliness, and both physical and mental health
- We want to bring more people and dogs together to benefit from one another's company, even if people's lifestyles mean they cannot own a dog themselves
How did we begin and what do we want to achieve?
- We first saw the project as a space to allow people to meet others willing to share dog companionship with them
- We now want to develop the idea so as to create a space for people to discuss and arrange informal ways of getting together with dogs, and with each other.
What have we done so far?
We have set up a Facebook community page to provide a space for people to organise dog walks and dog-shares, and to share their experiences and ideas, which can be found here.
What help do we need making this work?
- We need people to spread the word about Dog-Sharing and share their stories and ideas
- We value any ideas about how to develop this project
Written by Elena Holmes