Pets As Therapy (PAT) is a national UK charity founded in 1983 by Lesley Scott-Ordish, a dog owner who understood the unique bond between humans and animals – and the joy of volunteering.
Today PAT strives to ensure that everyone in the UK, no matter their circumstances, has access to the companionship of a dog. Our volunteers visit a range of establishments including residential homes, day care centres, schools, universities, hospitals, hospices and prisons.
Therapeutic visits by PAT Teams can: • Bring comfort and companionship to people living in local communities who may feel isolated, confused and lonely. • Help young people to improve their literacy skills and encourage confidence and concentration in the classroom. • Aid a patient’s recovery and rehabilitation and help improve mental health and wellbeing.
To find out more about becoming a PAT Volunteer Team, visit petsastherapy.org