Join us and make a difference

Becoming a Volunteer PAT Team is incredibly rewarding

Thousands of people of all ages benefit every week from the visits provided by our PAT Teams, who visit residential homes, hospitals, hospices, schools, day care centres and prisons. Volunteers with just a small amount of spare time each week work with their own pets, to bring joy, comfort and companionship to many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal.

All breeds of cats and dogs can become part of a PAT Team, they must have been with their owner for at least 6 months, be over 9 months of age and be able to pass the temperament assessment. All pets must be fully vaccinated. 

Regular visits are generally appreciated, although our Volunteers agree upon how much time they generously give directly with the establishment they visit. There is no minimum or maximum time commitment although our pets should not work for more than 2 hours at any one time and need regular breaks. A small annual subscription is payable which goes towards our volunteer’s liability insurance.

What our clients say

Joyce, along with her delightful Pets as Therapy dog Indie, has been visiting patients on the Stroke Unit at the…

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