About us history, mission and values

Carole Millie Pets As Therapy



Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983 by Lesley Scott-Ordish.
We enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. We provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.

Our therapeutic visits:

  • Enhance lives in our communities by providing companionship and friendship and helps to tackle loneliness.
  • Improve the lives of people suffering from debilitating mental and physical health conditions and illnesses such as Autism, Dementia and Stroke by including animal assisted interventions as part of a holistic approach to treatment.
  • Improve literacy in children by developing their confidence, interest and enjoyment in reading through our read2dogs scheme.



PASSIONATE: We are passionate about the work we do, the people we do it for and the animals we do it with.
ACCOUNTABLE: We take personal responsibility for using our resources efficiently, achieving measurable results and being accountable to our sponsors, volunteers, service users and the Charity Commission.
PRINCIPLED: We are committed to the highest standards of personal honesty and behaviour, never compromising our reputation and always acting in the best interests of the Charity.
INCLUSIVE: We all work together positively, collectively focused on achieving our Vision and
MISSION: We welcome diversity and believe everyone has a valuable contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.
AMBITIOUS: We are determined to fully exploit the potential of Pets as Therapy for people across the UK, constantly developing new and creative ways to deliver our Vision and Mission.