The Fairhaven Senior Services residents celebrated International Dog Biscuit Appreciation in February by baking homemade dog biscuits which they then donated to several different organizations. The residents were given a hand by the Humane Society of Jefferson County, K-9 Hair Care and the Whitewater Veterinary Hospital. They also had some “official” taste testing dogs to make sure they made the most delicious treats. Fairhaven has been making treats once a month since November.
“I could tell by talking with some of the residents that they had grown up with animals, and now living in a facility like Fairhaven, they are not able to have animals on their own, so they really enjoyed interacting with the dogs,” Sara Lastusky said. Lastusky is the outreach coordinator from the Humane Society of Jefferson County.
Each session produces about 800 treats and they come in one flavor: Peanut butter and oatmeal. In addition to the hundreds of treats, each session produces more volunteers.
Fairhaven director of leisure services Brian Robinson shares that the event is very rewarding for the residents as well. The event brings many people together sharing a lovely experience, as well as their dogs, and it creates happy health benefits.
“The faces of the residents light up when they see the dogs,” said Robinson.
The biscuits are a huge help to all the organizations that run solely on donations. Keep up the great work!