Charley makes himself at home at Avonmead

When Home Manager Kevin Walsh waited to welcome the latest guest into Avonmead Care Home in Devizes, Charley wasn’t exactly what he was expecting.

The mischievous donkey is one of the home’s latest pet therapy guests, for the residents to pet and relax with. Before Charley met the residents, he was treated to a show round the home. Not content with just seeing the lounge he also wanted to visit some of the bedrooms, and even began to get in the lift.

Kevin Walsh said: “Charley was definitely a character. Once we got him into the lounge with the residents though he really came into his own and all of the residents really loved seeing him. Some even remarked that he’s bigger than our Avonmead guinea pigs.

“Charley was certainly a talking point with residents all reminiscing about the donkey rides they used to have as children. They were very sad when it was time for Charley to leave. I’d like to thank Charley and his very patient handler for coming in to visit us.”

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Date published: 15 September 2017

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