Police dog ‘Misty’ befriends people with disabilities, PE

South African Police Service

Police dog ‘Misty’ befriends people with disabilities, PE
Police dog 'Misty' befriends people with disabilities, PE

SAPS K9 buddies are proving to be a therapy for people with disabilities and mental problems. The constant companionship of an animal has been shown to reduce feelings of loneliness in elderly care and nursing homes.

Recently, the SAPS K9 and Mounted units have been invited by many frail care and nursing centres to provide displays or even just to interact with the elderly or sick. On 16 October 2019, SAPS Humewood Women’s Network and the PE K9 unit visited the Home Sweet Home Frail Care Centre in St George’s Park.

“Misty”, the Search and Rescue dog stole the hearts of the wheelchair bound residents at the facility. It would seem “Misty” just knew how to bring calm and peace to the patients who are suffering from debilitating illnesses. After showing off her skills with her handler Warrant Officer Etienne Gerber, she didn’t mind a stroke or two from her audience.

The Women’s Network also treated the 53 patients to a lovely cup of tea and cake. The SAPS is proud to contribute to the speedy recovery and development of people suffering with specific medical conditions.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service