Volunteers – please read this information thoroughly regarding attending national events for Pets As Therapy

We require 12 PAT volunteers with dogs that are specifically and currently working and registered at a school under our READ2DOGS programme. This is for the Kennel Club Bark & Read stand at the ExCel in East London.

If you would like to apply to support Pets As Therapy by attending at this event please contact our Placement Officer Dinah Baynton-Dibley at or on 0208 589 9258 by no later than 4th September 2016.

Please note:

  • We will have dog and handler passes available plus Car Park vouchers if required, we can only issue one dog & handler pass per volunteer; we may be able issue to additional passes where PAT dogs are registered in joint names but this will be subject to availability.
  • Sometimes we only receive the passes 7-14 days prior to the event, on some occasions you may receive notification at short notice.
  • If more volunteers apply than we have space for a draw will take place.
  • Sorry we are unable to contact all applicants who are unsuccessful for each event due to the volume received.

While attending events it is important that visitors to the event can clearly identify you as a Pets As Therapy volunteer.  It is also important that they can clearly identify your dog as a special Pets As Therapy registered PAT dog – so uniform is essential (this can be borrowed).

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all you kind help and support in promoting the beneficial work of Pets As Therapy at events around the country.  It is a huge help in raising the profile of your work and that of almost 5,000 registered volunteers and their PAT dogs & PAT cats.  – Thank You!

Important: Discover Dogs is a wonderful experience; however, it is a tiring, noisy and hot environment with many people, children and other dogs that will be in contact with your dog. Please do consider carefully your dog’s age, health and ability to cope with these conditions and mix with other dogs as this is not a suitable environment for all dogs. Also if you are disabled or need to use a wheelchair please let us know on this application – this will not preclude you in anyway.

Hot off the press…

Doug The Pug – A Working Dog’s Tale by Cate Archer 

Doug the Pug is a wonderfully sweet natured little dog.  As a Therapy Dog, he enjoys each and every one of his working days generously sharing warmth and kindness with all those who need a little tender loving care and special attention.  And, when a special little person comes to read with him, he feels like life couldn’t get any better!

Doug’s story is a sweet tale highlighting the joys of the human/animal bond and is based on Doug’s genuine working life through the UK charity “Pets As Therapy”. 

Cate and Doug have been working together, through Pets As Therapy, since 2011.  Before this great partnership, Cate taught literacy and numeracy to children with learning differences and worked on a positive behaviour programme with those on the autistic spectrum.

The book is written for junior school aged children, independent readers, and for those who enjoy reading with them.  Pug lovers might like it too.  In fact, anyone interested in the beautiful relationship between people and their companion animals might like it. 

The book’s aim is to encourage us to be happy with who and what we are, celebrate each individual’s differences and recognise that we all have something quite wonderful to offer.

“Doug the Pug – A Working Dog’s Tale” is illustrated throughout with charming colour photographs of Doug himself (by Cate) and enhanced with background drawings and illustrations creating a delightful mix of media. The graphic designer of this fabulous work is Alice Palace –

Cate hopes that, through reading Doug’s book, a greater understanding of companion animal therapy will be gained and funds raised may enable Pets As Therapy to further their good work.

Pets As Therapy will receive all Royalties from every one of Doug’s book purchased.