Pets As Therapy attended Crufts in 2019, at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, from Thursday 7 March to Sunday 10 March.

Our volunteer, James Middleton, was interviewed by Clare Balding for Channel 4’s coverage of Crufts, about volunteering with Pets As Therapy. If you missed it, head to our YouTube channel to see the highlights.

Clare Balding interviews PAT volunteer at Crufts

The Pets As Therapy stand

Our Pets As Therapy stand was manned by PAT staff throughout Crufts, as well as some of our amazing volunteers. They chatted with lots of prospective volunteers, and we were able to sign up some new volunteers during the event.

If you visited the stand at Crufts please share your photos with us on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #petsastherapy. We’re on:

Pets As Therapy Crufts competitions

As well as our stand, we also run two competitions during Crufts.

HiLife PAT Dog of the Year 2019

Every year we run a competition amongst our Pets As Therapy volunteers to crown one outstanding Dog of the Year. This year the competition was sponsored by HiLife Pet Foods, and all prizes are donated by them.

Six finalists were chosen, and were featured in Yours Magazine where readers could vote for their winner. The winner was announced on Friday 8 March, and we’re very proud to announce that Bichon Frise Bella, and her owner Barry Coase were this year’s winners!

PAT Show Dog of the Year

PAT Show Dog of the Year is a competition that can be entered by any of our Pets As Therapy registered visiting volunteers or charity supporters. Stakes class events take place at 5 dog shows across England, Wales and the Channel Islands throughout the year preceding Crufts and produce a total of 14 finalists.

The final of the PAT Show Dog of the Year took place on Saturday 9 March, and the winner was Sue Riley and her golden retriever Carson (also known as ‘Fluffy Bear’!), from South Wales.

Frequently asked questions

What stand were Pets As Therapy on?
We were in Hall 4, on Stand 188.

When is the PAT dog of the year competition taking place?
Pets As Therapy run two competitions during Crufts: HiLife PAT Dog of the Year which took place on Friday 8 March 2019 at 2.30pm, and PAT Show Dog of the Year which took place on Saturday 9 March 2019 at 2.30pm.

How can I become a PAT volunteer?
You can also head to the ‘Join us’ section of our website to fill in your PAT volunteer application now.


In preparation for the event, take a look at our photos from last year.

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