A dog's life in Manchester as Camp Simcha promotes new pet therapy service

Dog show organised to raise both funds and awareness


A dog show in Manchester launched Camp Simcha’s pet therapy service recruitment drive in the city.

The Whitefield fundraising event was hosted by Shelley Kersh and Deborah Lederberg with Cindy Hamburger and Camp Simcha's fundraising director Shoshana Copeland judging the best in show.

“We wanted to do something fun to raise money and awareness,” Kersh explained. “So knowing how many of our friends have dogs, we thought a Crufts-style event would be the perfect way to do it.”

Lederberg added that “there were some great raffle prizes donated” and the pets went home happy with a doggy cupcake.

Michal Black, the Manchester relationships manager for Camp Simcha, which supports families with seriously ill children, said that in light of the event’s popularity, the plan was to hold in annually.

"It was also the perfect environment to start recruiting for our 'Paws for fun' pet therapy service.

"This is where we have specially chosen volunteer dogs who go along with their owners to see the children we support.

"Studies have shown that interactions with animals increase endorphins, promoting relaxation, pain relief and joy. 

"Pet therapy doesn't just benefit the seriously ill child; parents tell us it brings a sense of calm to the whole house.

"This is why we are so keen to launch the service in Manchester."

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