Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Cinnamon Trust. A charity for pets, their elderly owners and the terminally ill.

Cinnamon, aged 16, RIP

The Cinnamon Trust is the only national charity in the UK which helps to look after pets for people over 60 who are ill and disabled.  The Trust is also on hand to help care for the pets of the terminally-ill of any age.

Averil Jarvis from Cornwall founded the Trust in 1985 and named it in memory of her corgi, Cinnamon.  Cinnamon Trust receives no state or local authority aid and is dependent on voluntary contributions.  The charity has volunteers around the UK who will take dogs for walks and foster pets whose owners are in hospital or too ill to look after them.  Pets are usually dogs, cats and birds, but over the years the Trust has cared for varied animals like ponies, goats, rabbits, tortoises, sheep and reptiles.

The Trust can often match up pets whose owners have died with an elderly person whose pet has died.  It will also arrange to look after pets whose owners have died or moved into a care home.  It has two animal sanctuaries at Hillside Farm in Lewdown, Devon and at Poldarves Farm near Penzance in Cornwall where animals are treated like pets, without kennels or cages.  The Trust helps approximately 10,000 people a year.

Pet foster-carers are given cover for holidays and vets’ bills are paid by this generous charity. 

The charity is keen for volunteer dog walkers, drivers and foster-carers of any age.

The Trust keeps a helpful register of 860 care homes where the elderly can live with their pets. 

Donations and other information:

Cinnamon Trust
10 Market Square
TR27 4HE
01736 757900