Over the years the Animal Welfare League of Queensland has re-homed animals to all types of environments and people of all ages.

Calvin the two year old toy poodle is no different, having found a new home, delighting and charming residents of the Ozcare Day Respite Centre in Runaway Bay.

For the staff at the AWLQ Coombabah shelter, it was a bitter sweet day to see Calvin leave.

“Calvin was a really sweet dog always wanting cuddles and being so affectionate to everyone,” Communications Manager Brooke Whitney said.

“If he could, he would spend the day on his belly getting scratches.”

Receiving the love and attention will not only be beneficial to Calvin, but to the residents of the nursing home with physical activity and psychological benefits, providing companionship, laughter, movement and could even lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride in the residents.

Being a hug-a-holic, Calvin will also help diffuse any sense of loneliness the residents may experience and lower the chances or severity of depression.

“The nursing home couldn’t have found a better dog,” Brooke admits.

“I can picture him running into all the rooms in the morning and saying hello with his goofy smile and wagging tail.”