Lakewood, NJ (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)- Pine Belt Subaru of Lakewood, nationally recognized for their dedication to their customers and community, has made good on its Love Promise again this year. For the second year in a row, the car dealer has teamed up with Caregiver Canines to bring a visiting dog therapy program to the elderly in Ocean and Monmouth counties.
The last year has been a lonely one for many of the homebound elderly in the community, whose limited support networks were put under strain. The Caregiver Canines pet therapy program has 40 certified pet therapy dogs who do 1000 visits to homebound seniors annually. This program eases the burden of isolation for many seniors, who no longer can own a pet. Visits with their furry volunteers have shown to decrease their heart rate, blood pressure and promotes a sense of calm and wellbeing. It also helps people suffering from dementia by improving their speech and triggering memories.
“Here at Subaru, we recognize the importance pets play in the health and wellness of our customers and their families, which is why we could not resist choosing Caregiver Canines as one of our Home Charities for our Share the Love Event.” said Ryan Concord, General Manager of Pine Belt Subaru in Lakewood. Megan O’Keefe, Executive Director of Caregiver Volunteers added, “This program brings the joy of pet ownership to so many in the community, we are so grateful for the support of Pine Belt Subaru that makes this program possible.”
ABOUT CAREGIVER VOLUNTEERS OF CENTRAL JERSEY (CVCJ)
CVCJ provides vital assistance to seniors, the elderly disabled, veterans, individuals with dementia, and caregivers of loved ones with chronic illness to allow them to remain independent in their own homes. All services are free of charge and delivered by 1,200 volunteers to over 2,500 Ocean and Monmouth County residents over the age of 60, who no longer drive. Volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, reassuring phone calls, friendly visits, and relief for family caregivers. To learn more about CVCJ, visit www.caregivervolunteers.org, Facebook @caregivervolunteers, or call 732-505-2273.