Turning our Sanctuary into your Sanctuary
What is Rescue Therapy?
Very simply it’s an idyllic safe place, set away from the busy rescue, a secluded lounge with garden terrace and access to the “Bark Park” to spend quality time with select dogs. It is then the dogs who become the therapy itself. It’s a magical place where it’s easier to think things through, easier to talk (if you choose the psychologist option) and easier to process things we go through in life. This place is like no other, my favourite place on earth.
Available with our without the Psychologist.
Who would benefit from Rescue Therapy?
Rescue Therapy is available to anyone and everyone who thinks they may need it. It may be that you already go to counselling, therapy, or do meditation classes, or just that you want to. You may want to find somewhere to go to detox your brain, your special place, escape people, the world, normality, there’s nothing like it. It doesn’t matter what your reason for needing it or if you don’t know if you need it but want to try it. People go for facials or other activities to relax – here it is just the same, except it gives a deeper connection.
Those who already use Rescue Therapy (with psychologist) are children who are already in therapy, those who struggle to open up and who are aided by the dogs and their experiences, who then in turn find it easier to open up and get the help that they need. Those who are going through exam stress and many others as the project takes shape.
£100 for an hour with a qualified Psychologist and dogs in rescue therapy setup
£50 for an hour and a half of relaxation being at one with the animals (no Psychologist)
Rescue Therapy is the future. Mindfulness apps and meditation are great but no match for how “in the moment” you get when surrounded by this lot.
The beauty of this is also that the money goes to save another doggie in need. This is the circle that we love. Rescue dogs, rescuing people, which in turn helps rescue more dogs.
Huge thanks to our resident therapist, Paula Butroid, for donating her time and Kayp Psychology for being a part of this, helping us get it off the ground and providing the finer touches. Any specific questions about therapist or the therapy provided please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is limited availability and so advanced booking is needed as we can only accept one person for therapy at a time and Paula is only available to us 2 days per week at present.
Note from Emma (D4R founder)
“When the stresses of life get too much I go into the Bark Park with some of our dogs, away from computers, with no phone, I’m suddenly in the moment with just the dogs. In seconds I’m filled with inner peace. Watching them, interacting with them, laughing at them and their play, observing them, dishing out treats and helping build trust me. I come away with a renewed sense of self, increased drive and feel much more grounded, ready to face the world again. These guys ask for nothing but kindness and safety – we can learn a lot from them.
Over the years I have relied on these dogs as much as they’ve relied on me. Rescue is a tough place to be sometimes. As I’ve said so many many times, these dogs rescue me EVERY time.
Now I would like to open up our gates to let them rescue others in our unique and peaceful setting, made specifically for this mission.
Some days I just sit with Teresa the turkey and she listens so attentively, like she understands everything I am saying. She stays by my side wanting a fuss and appreciating our time together and I feel it does her as much good as it does me.
Other days I choose the sheet and pigs. They are so different, the sheep are so innocent and I love them for it. The pigs are so like dogs it’s frightening, so intelligent and they just love to be bribed and get belly rubs – there’s nothing more humbling than stroking a huge pig while he grunts at you with affection. Looking into their eyes you see so much, the things most people never get to do, and it changes you.
I think it should become part of the curriculum for kids, to be able to ground them and remind them about life and how precious it really is.
Every day I’m grateful to be a part of this and while people think we give our lives to these animals, I feel I owe my life to them.”
Try Rescue Therapy – it’s the future…