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carya’s Cutest Volunteers

During the summer months, carya connects seniors living at Francis Klein Centre with energetic, four-legged volunteers. These furry volunteers are tasked with the important job of putting smiles on the residents’ faces!

“Puppy Parties” are coordinated by carya to encourage spending time outdoors, connecting with others and building community engagement among seniors. Pet-human interactions are scientifically proven to improve our wellbeing and mental health, and we strive to provide seniors with opportunities to connect with a pet, even if they can’t commit to ownership.

About 90% of older pet owners said their animals helped them enjoy life and feel loved; roughly 80% said their pets reduced stress; and almost three-quarters said their furry friends provided a sense of purpose, according to the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.  

Francis Klein Centre is a subsidized housing facility for seniors 65 and older, providing affordable living in the southeast community of Acadia. As Francis Klein Centre is a pet-free building, these events are an opportunity for residents to spend time with a furry friend, and to get connected with other older adult services and resources at carya and our partner agencies.

Our team is looking for more friendly, four-legged volunteers to join us at the Francis Klein Centre for a Puppy Party in August. If your pet is social, calm and well-behaved, we’d love to have you bring them to our next party! Spots are limited, so get in touch soon.

Contact Duncan to register your furry volunteer at 587-891-9648 or duncanj@caryacalgary.ca. We can’t wait to see you there!

Tuesday August 2nd, 2PM
Francis Klein Centre, 240 92nd Avenue SE

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