We can’t even begin to imagine how many steps we get through on an average month here at Rosie’s Trust – with around 600 daily visits completed and many of those dedicated to getting our canine buddies out for a sniff and a leg stretch we definitely cover the miles.
We talk often about the impact our service has on the people and pets we support but we also see how valuable getting out for a good walk is for our wonderful volunteers.
I think we all know the benefits of getting out into the fresh air for a rejuvenating walk – improves fitness, strengthens bones and muscles, increases energy levels, boosts immune system, reduces stress and improves our mood, cognition, memory and sleep.
When you walk with Rosie’s Trust not only do you get the substantial benefits mentioned above but you also add the hormonal benefit of being with a dog – the University of Animal Health in Toyko determined that stress causing hormones were reduced and stress relieving hormones were increased while we are walking a dog we care about.
If you love dogs then getting outside with dogs, making them happy, and sharing in their joy will boost your mental and physical wellbeing – add this to the satisfaction of doing something good and the fulfilment of helping someone who needs it and you have a recipe for a really positive and enriching experience.
To find out more about our Canine Support role have a look at the ‘Volunteer’ section of our website.