Cherished Pets continues to shine

Cherished Pets'' Kylie Santuccione and Dr Alica Kennedy with Boom and Jackson.

By Justin Flynn

Cherished Pets has been recognised in the 2019 HESTA Aged Care Awards which recognises Australia’s most innovative and proactive aged care organisations, teams and individuals.

The much-loved Ocean Grove-based Cherished Pets is in the running to share in a prize pool of $30,000.

The awards acknowledge those in the aged care sector who have made an exceptional contribution to improving the quality of life for older Australians across three award categories – team innovation, outstanding organisation, and individual distinction.

Cherished Pets is a finalist in the team innovation category and has been recognised for providing ageing Australians with tailored, affordable veterinary and pet care support, fostering their wellbeing by helping them maintain companionship and friendship with their pets.

The team at Cherished Pets stand to win $10,000 if it is successful at the awards, which will be held next month.

“We would invest that in some of the technology behind our services to make us more efficient and be able to deliver it to more people,” Cherished Pets’ Dr Alicia Kennedy said.

We’re really excited about being recognised in this award because it’s validating our work in aged care.”

Cherished Pets is celebrating one year in its new hub on Madeley Street, Ocean Grove and continues to support the elderly.

“We’ve developed a very special service that is targeted to putting pets with senior people,” Dr Kennedy said.

“We believe in the power of companion pets to enable healthy ageing.

“Our objective in our service in to go in there and create a plan around keeping a pet healthy and well so that the elderly owner can enjoy the benefits of a healthy pet.”

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said this year’s finalists were selected for their outstanding compassion, leadership and innovation in improving services and standards of care in the aged care sector.

“This year’s finalists have pushed the boundaries and developed innovative services and programs that rise to the challenge of providing high-quality care to the growing number of ageing Australians,” said Ms Blakey