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BaptistCare Social Club clients spoil RSPCA dogs with hand-made treats

There was not a dry nose in the house as dogs at the RSPCA in Orange were treated to treats that had been handmade by clients of the BaptistCare Social Club in Orange.

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07 May 2024

News | Home Care, BaptistCare

"We had to get them taste tested," exclaimed BaptistCare Orange client Dorothy Ridley as she watched puppy Cadbury devour a treat. 

"I took one of biscuits around to a friend's house and her dog was the official taste testers," she said. 

That bark of approval was all the BaptistCare Social Club in Orange needed to get stuck into more baking. 

They had been researching dog treat recipes since the start of the year when the social club clients decided they wanted to be able to help the community with the craft they make. 

“The clients wanted to share that with people and animals who may need it and with so much love for their own fury friends, we didn’t need a vote to decide that our very first craft donation would be the wonderful RSPCA in Orange,” said Tanya Caputo,  care worker with BaptistCare Orange. 

“We began to research recipes in February and with everyone coming together over a cup of tea in March the special ingredients were chosen and the baking began,” explained Tanya. 

Then came the moment everyone had been waiting for, when the dogs were gifted the treats.  

RSCPA pup Cadbury was keen to get stuck into the treats.

Tails were wagging, noses were wet with anticipations and smiles lit up the faces of the BapistCare Social Club clients who hand-delivered the treats to the RSCPA in Orange. 

Tiarna Chappel, animal attendant at the RSPCA Orange said, "It’s been absolutely amazing and so very appreciated.” 

“The dogs love and adore their treats and it’s such great enrichment for them and good to change it up and expose them to new and different things,” she said. 

“Especially for some of the dogs in care that have never had the opportunity to have these kinds of treats,” Tiarna explained.  

BaptistCare's Social Club is just one part of the wider services the for purpose aged care provider offers across the Central West, including home care, residential aged care and retirement living. 

Five days a week, over-65s who are still living at home come together for a range of activities to stimulate physical movement, social contact and cognitive engagement. Most social club clients also receive in-home care to enable them to continue living well and independently in their own home. 

“Our social clubs are vital to the care we provide our clients in the Central West,” said Joshua Benson, Assistant Manager Central West Home Care Services. 

“These dog treats are just one example of how our clients come together, come up with an idea and make it happen, all while engaging with each other, using a range of different skills and, in this case, leaving feeling like they’ve done something to help some very cute dogs.” 

The BaptistCare Social Club in Orange runs Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 2:30pm at the BaptistCare office located at 50 Summer Street.