Meet Loki, the Therapy Dog
Loki is a beautiful Kelpie x who has been rescued from SAFE Bunbury. Along with Tara, she will be undergoing specialist training in Melbourne under the guidance of the experts at Lead the Way. This training will certify Loki as an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog. Upon returning to Perth Loki will be fully qualified to work (using the important bond between humans and dogs) helping people with disabilities, people living with mental illness, and the elderly in the City of Melville (where we live). They will speak at high schools, community groups (such as Melville Cares, Rotary, Palmyra Together) and primary schools to raise awareness about Mental Health and promote the importance of community. They will also visit hospitals (such as Fiona Stanley and St John of God Murdoch), Youth Centres (such as Willagee Community Centre), Elderly Homes (such as Aegis Aged Care, Opal Applecross and Melville Cares), as well as private clients within The City of Melville.
This kind of therapy is extremely popular and successful in the United States and Europe, however is very rare in Australia - a situation Loki and Tara hope to change. Animal Assisted Therapy focuses on reducing stress, raising awareness for mental health, promoting community inclusion, and working towards helping people live a more fulfilling life. Tara is a qualified Disability Support Worker and is currently studying to be a qualified Mental Health Worker. Tara and Loki will work together to help those in the community and will strive to change the City of Melville for the better one paw print at a time.