Carer’s brainwave brings pet-lover and pooches together


Local caregiver, Alison Hood from Home Instead Senior Care Cardiff, knew her client Mary loved dogs, so contacted the local dog shelter to see what opportunities they could get involved with.

After Alison made contact with Dog Shelter, they were delighted to be invited to take part in dog-walking training, in preparation for becoming an official volunteer dog walker. Last week Alison and Mary both thoroughly enjoyed their first training session and cannot wait until their next visit.

Alison explains:

“In the 7 months I have been visiting Mary, she has often talked about dogs and it seemed such a shame that someone so fit and active wasn’t able to enjoy being in contact with them. This is when it dawned on me that the local dog shelter would welcome someone like Mary.”

Owner of Home Instead Cardiff, Philip Batchelor, praised Alison by saying:

“It’s great to hear that Alison and Mary have been able to come together and celebrate their love of dogs through dog walking. At Home Instead, we pride ourselves on building strong relationships with our clients and Alison has gone the extra mile and has done just that.”

Phillip continued:

“As our service is tailored, flexible and adaptable and we individually match our clients in terms of hobbies, interests and personalities. This matching enables a trusting relationship to flourish in order to ensure the best level of support for each client, which is highlighted through Alison and Mary’s relationship.”

Home Instead Senior Care is an award winning national company which is changing the way care is delivered in the UK and is rapidly building a reputation as one of the UK’s leading care companies. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands.

For more information on the services and job opportunities available at Home Instead, please call 02920 569483 or visit