Bunny and co edit 1Residents at a care home in Paisley are hopping with delight after a surprise visit from some special furry guests.

Bupa’s Braemount care home, on Donaldswood Road, welcomed a visit from local petting zoo Bunny and Co, which provided residents with the chance to meet and greet a selection of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and chickens, as part of a pet therapy session.

Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to have significant benefits for care home residents, particularly those with dementia, as physical contact with the animals is therapeutic, stimulates a social response and reduces stress.

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Kate McConville, Home Manager at Bupa’s Braemount care home, was delighted with how well the pet session was received.

She said: “It was a really entertaining day for everyone involved and all the residents adored having the animals with us at the home.

“As well as being fun and interesting, animal therapy is also especially beneficial for our residents as it is relaxing and can also be a very social activity.

“Here at Braemount, we try to enrich the lives of our residents as much as possible and this was another example of how we aim to do that.”