After qualifying as a Veterinary Surgeon in Belgium, Sarah lived and worked as a Vet in Australia and New Zealand, before returning to Scotland to work in a Small Animal Practice near Edinburgh in 2012.
Through her work as a Vet, Sarah witnessed the effects of human loneliness and isolation first-hand, particularly amongst elderly pet owners. She also became increasingly aware of the vital comfort and companionship that many pets provide for their human families. The potential to help bring peace to people – by coupling the therapeutic benefits of contact with animals with the support of Pastoral Care – was clear. Sarah therefore decided to combine her experience in Veterinary Medicine, PR, and Pastoral Care to establish the charity ‘Pet and Companion (PEACE)’.
She is currently living in Edinburgh with her family and their dog, Ro.
ROThe first PEACE dog
Ro is a sweet, gentle
mini Australian Labradoodle
Ro is a mini Australian Labradoodle. This relatively new breed is known for its gentleness, its ability to be trained, and its non-shedding coat (making it less allergenic than most other breeds). Australian Labradoodles are often trained to be therapy pets, assistance dogs and family pets. Ro has a sweet, gentle nature and is well-deserving of her name, which means ‘Tranquility’ in Norwegian. She is very sociable both with humans and other dogs. She loves nothing more than to be cuddled and petted.
VOLUNTEERSJoin our team
We are eagerly seeking volunteers to form new PEACE Teams of Pastoral Carers and PEACE Dogs. If you, or someone you know, has an interest in pastoral care and a lovely, gentle dog please get in touch!
We would also love to hear from you if you would be interested in organising or hosting a PEACE fundraising event.