Pets As Therapy

Pets As Therapy

Charity information

Pets As Therapy

Pets As Therapy (PAT) is a national charity founded in l983. It is unique in that it provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues by volunteers with their own friendly, temperament tested and vaccinated dogs and cats.
Today there are currently around 4,200 active PAT visiting dogs and 108 cats at work in the UK. Every week these calm friendly dogs and cats give more than 126,000 people, both young and old, the pleasure and chance to cuddle and talk to them. 6. 5m people benefit from this service every year. Pets As Therapy visiting teams provide companionship, opportunities for nurturing and touch; reminiscence and relaxation, fun and laughter. In addition, many teams are involved in more specialist work, for example assisting occupational therapists in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and clinical psychologists treating adults and children with dog phobias.

Founded 1983

  • Overview

    Established: May 1983

    Registered Charity Number: 1112194 SCO 38910

    Phone number: 01494 569130