Pets As Therapy (PAT) is a national charity that enhances the health and wellbeing of thousands of people in communities across the UK. They work hard to help ensure that everyone, no matter their circumstances, has access to the companionship of an animal.
Volunteers working with the charity, and their temperament-assessed pets, visit establishments such as care homes bringing many benefits to our elders living in these communities. Connections with pets are an important part of care home activities.
Clare Davis, CEO of Pets As Therapy, said “We know PAT visits can’t fix the world, but each and every day our volunteers and their pets are making a difference in people’s lives.
From enabling someone lost in the fog of dementia to speak or being a catalyst for someone to speak when they’ve not been able to say what’s wrong.
Our impact is immediate, it’s in the here and now.”
Pets As Therapy was awarded for its work in providing visits from therapy pets to help support people who might be struggling with loneliness or mental health issues in a number of different places, such as hospitals, care homes and prisons across the UK.