Our Special Friends

Our Special Friends Donate 2024

Our Special Friends helps people continue to benefit from animal companionship by providing physical and emotional support during illness, bereavement or other crises. We are looking to help more people in 2024 through the money we can raise.
raised of £5,000 target
RCN 1156778

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Belinda (Bin) Johnston, Founder and Chief Executive of Our Special Friends saw the need for a charity which would promote and enhance the bond between people and their animals, providing support to enable these relationships to continue through difficult times, whilst empowering and supporting difficult decisions and loss. Our Special Friends was born!

Ten years on, the charity is providing animal companionship services to approximately 500 clients a year, assessing their needs and matching them to appropriate support from over 100 volunteers and affiliate organisations. Our Special Friends believes firmly that people need pets and pets need people because they both benefit from being together but they need to be a good match and, when necessary, to be supported by others to maintain the relationship.

The charity is totally dependent on the funds it can raise to maintain the essential services it provides in the community. These services include:

- dog walking for clients can no longer walk their own dog

- volunteer and friendly dog visiting for people who miss the company of a dog but can no longer have one of their own

- accompanied dog walking for people who would be unable to go out on their own

- fostering to reunite for animals who have to be separated from their owners for a limited amount of time

- adoption for animals that need to find a new home

- veterinary services for animals who have suffered neglect or need critical veterinary care

- support for those going through bereavement or facing a difficult decision at the end of their pets life

About the charity

Our Special Friends

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RCN 1156778
Our Special Friends is a 'one welfare' charity providing a range of animal companionship support services to promote, preserve and provide the power of animal companionship for those who need it most; working collaboratively with others in the local community to enhance health and welfare.

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