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Pets As Therapy

Pets As Therapy has approx. 3,500 dogs and 90 cats visiting throughout the UK. Over 100,000 people every single week receive life enhancing benefits from the service provided by Pets As Therapy. Each dog/cat is owned by our registered volunteers who make regular visits into various establishments.

Some facts about Pets As Therapy:

Any dog/cat can become a P.A.T. dog or a P.A.T. cat as long as it has been with its owner for at least 6 months and is over 9 months of age and can pass the necessary temperament assessment, which is undertaken by a team of people throughout the UK. who have all taken the accredited course run by Pets As Therapy.

  • Since its inception 17,000 dogs have been registered and more recently 110 cats. Every year some retire through age or health, so new recruits are always needed.

  • Over ninety voluntary Area Coordinators look after volunteers in their own area, as well as organising social and fun events to encourage good relations within the Charity.

  • Pets As Therapy carry public liability insurance with an indemnity limit of 5,000,000.

  • All Pets As Therapy dogs wear a special identity disc on their collar. Their owners also wear a special ID badge whilst on visits.

PAT dog & cat volunteers generously give their time. Most make one visit a week, of between one and two hours, although some do more. It is really up to them to decide how much time they can spare, and when.

Whilst the lives of hundred of thousands of people are improved in a year by the visits made by Pets As Therapy volunteers, the Charity's services are run by a very small number of staff. They provide help and advice to the volunteer force, to encourage recruitment and to develop the reach, value and effectiveness of the charity's services.

Authorised photographic identity badges, for the protection of all involved, are issued to all registered volunteers.

Responsibility for the Charity is carried by an unremunerated Board.

Pets As Therapy is a Company Limited by guarantee registered in England. 5311186

You can significantly help Pets As Therapy & Its Devoted Volunteers by:
  • Applying for you and your dog/ cat to become a registered volunteer (18 years and over) and paying the annual subscription of 19. (This also includes free Pets As Therapy T-Shirt).

  • By becoming a supporter.

  • Joining Pets As Therapy Junior Club (for 18 years and under).

  • Dog show societies and training classes and visiting establishments can become supporters.

  • Establishments can become supporters of Pets As Therapy as well as receiving visits from P.A.T. dogs & cats.

  • Sending a donation to Pets As Therapy.

  • Sponsoring a volunteer.

  • Remembering Pets As Therapy in your will.

  • By making a small, donation to Pets As Therapy, through GAYE (Give As You Earn), website This allows the Charity to be significantly helped by the Inland Revenue.

Please contact Pets As Therapy for an application form.


Pets As Therapy
Registrations Office
3A Grange Farm Cottages
Wycombe Road
Princes Risborough
HP27 9NS

Tel: 01844-345445


Regional contacts appear on our website.

Registered Office:

(Not for correspondence.)

Pets As Therapy
Shorthouse & Martin Ltd
62/64 New Road
RG21 7PW


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