Departure of CEO – Cheryl Tissot

It is with regret that the Pets As Therapy Board announces the resignation of CEO Cheryl Tissot, due to personal family commitments. Cheryl has led the Charity from strength to strength over the past 18 months and will be greatly missed. We thank her for all her commitment to Pets As Therapy and wish her every happiness and success in the future.

Cheryl’s last day in the office is Friday 29 April. If you need to contact Pets As Therapy, please email Michelle Lecky, Operations and Client Services Manager, at

Trustees of the Pets As Therapy Board

David Luck –  London Marathon Runner

Our congratulations go out to Dave Luck, the marathon runner who took to the streets of London on our behalf at the weekend.

Dave, who is 36 and from South London, completed the tough 26 mile race in an impressive time of 3 hours and 49 minutes.

Dave told us he is thrilled with his time….if feeling a little sore and walking “like a robot” for now.

Although not all of his donations have been fully counted yet, Dave understands the amount so far collated in the name of Pets As Therapy stands at close to £5,000.  Well done Dave!

If you’re doing a sporting or fundraising event for our cause, please let us know.

In the meantime, Dave’s page is still live and able to receive further donations at:

David Luck - marathon man pat tshirt

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.