Date: 13th December 2021

Media Release: Devon Carers foster 100 Robopets to unpaid carers across Devon

The Devon Carers Robopet Fostering Scheme is making a considerable difference to carers and the people they look after across Devon.

Since the Devon County Council funded scheme was launched in March 2021, 100 robo cats and dogs have been fostered to carers for the person they care for.

Sadie Clarke, Devon Carers, said: "Our robopet foster scheme has been a huge success. We have rehomed all 100 robopets to unpaid carers across the county who care for someone with dementia or memory loss.  

"This scheme provides carers with a robopet for a six week foster period. For carers, introducing a robopet to the person they care for has enabled them to do things most of us take for granted; time for a cuppa and flick through a magazine, or picking up on a hobby; for others, when needed a robo pet has helped to relieve a stressful situation."

Carer Nigel said: "I am absolutely thrilled with the difference the robopet has made to my wife. Robo dog Murphy has helped her become more engaged in a way that I haven't seen for so long; it has been extremely therapeutic for her. Murphy has brought nothing but positivity to our lives".

Carer Amanda said: "When our family pet passed away, we looked at options for mum, who has moderate dementia. Following a call with Devon Carers, we received a robopet. Mum named her Suzi, she attached a ribbon with her name, so we don't forget and got her a blanket and brush. Mum takes Suzi everywhere with her, from the garden pond and summerhouse to the bedroom at night time. Suzi never leaves mum's side and is a wonderful addition to the family".

At the end of the six week foster period, carers could adopt their robopet, which most carers took up.

For more information please visit Devon Carers.

Photo: Mum with Suzi

Photo credit: Amanda Angel