News and Events

Watch this space for the latest Pets As Therapy news – we’ll share your volunteering and fundraising stories and keep you informed of any Charity updates.

We would also love to hear from you. If you are organising an event or would like to share your story and photos, please email us by clicking the button below.

23 April 2024

PAT Dog Opal inspires young reluctant readers at Cheshire school

The Pets Foundation is helping to fund our Read2Dogs scheme in the North West.

Running for charity

If you have ever thought of running for charity, this could be your chance.

19 April 2024

Westminster Business School students raise money for Pets As Therapy

An event was organised as part of their 2nd-year module, Entrepreneurial Practice.

25 January 2024

Pets As Therapy at Crufts 2024

Pets As Therapy will once again be attending Crufts - Hall 4-160.

15 January 2024

Pets As Therapy announces appointment of new CEO

Steve Wibberley joins the UK charity as Chief Executive Officer.

8 January 2024

Pets As Therapy wins Purina #BetterwithPets 1st prize

the Purina BetterwithPets Prize is now part of the new bold commitment to help 1,000,000 people in vulnerable situations improve their health and wellbeing through the power of the pet human bond by 2030.

20 December 2023

A Radio 4 Appeal for Pets As Therapy

Listen to Josette Simon OBE on 31 Dec at 7.54am or 8.25pm and again on 4 Jan at 3.27pm.

19 December 2023

PAT Dog Poppy helps critically ill Evie in NHS first

A loveable Labradoodle has been visiting Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and helping a critically ill patient.

7 December 2023

What not to feed your pets this Christmas

It can be tempting to give your dog or cat some extra treats at Christmas time, here these foods should be off the menu.

4 November 2023

How to stay safe during bonfire night

5 top tips to keep your pets safe and secure during fireworks.

Pets As Therapy - Let’s Talk Dementia - 30 Sept

Let’s Talk Dementia is a one stop event for families to learn more about dementia.

14 September 2023

PAT Dog Olaf will be at Cheltenham Literature Festival on 15 Oct

We're thrilled that our PAT Dog Olaf will be part of this year's #CheltLitFest programme

6 September 2023

How to aid a dog with heatstroke

Do you know how to help a dog with heatstroke? Is the advice you follow outdated?

Chelsea Dog Day - 9 Sept - CANCELLED


Pets As Therapy recruting new volunteers at this year’s Festivol

Join us at Festivol on Saturday 2 September

14 June 2023

10 tips to keep your dog cool and safe this summer

During this hot weather, remember to look after all your four-legged friends.

Join us for a fun day out at Woofstock 2023

We're attending the award-winning Woofstock – a family-friendly dog festival like no other!

30 May 2023

Our 2023 PAT Impact Award winners

Meet the four PAT Teams who have been recognised for their outstanding volunteering work.

Pets As Therapy will be at Dogstival 2023

Join us at Dogstival on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June at the Broadlands Estate, Romsey.

Goodwoof 2023

This year at Goodwoof 2023...

Pilot walks in Milton Keynes 7 & 12 April

On the 7 & 12 April, from 10.30am to 12pm. Register your attendance.

28 February 2023

Crufts 2023

Pets As Therapy shares highlights from Crufts 2023.

Pets As Therapy recruiting volunteers at Moor Park Golf Club on February 22

We are looking for volunteers in the Hertfordshire area.

11 January 2023

2023 PAT Impact Awards

We need your help to find our unsung heroes

1 January 2023

40 good reasons to volunteer with Pets As Therapy

To celebrate 40 years of therapeutic visits, Pets As Therapy shares 40 good reasons to volunteer

16 December 2022

Give the gift of a dog’s love

UK's largest dog sharing community supporting PAT

1 November 2022

National Lottery Community Fund

Pets As Therapy receives £10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to help the charity grow its numbers

19 October 2022

A friendship never to be forgotten

Comedian Rob Delaney recalls his son’s love for PAT Dog Lola, owned by volunteer Andy Price

11 October 2022

Bark to the Future children’s art competition

If you know someone aged between five and 16, make sure they enter this great competition - there are fab prizes up for grabs!

10 October 2022

Goodwoof announces Pets As Therapy as its official charity partner for 2023!

We are delighted to be receiving support from Goodwoof during our 40th anniversary year

20 September 2022

Take part in World Gaming Day

Have fun while raising money for Pets As Therapy

20 September 2022

Two PAT Teams bringing happiness

Two PAT Teams recognised for the amazing work they do

24 August 2022

Visiting after Covid

A true demonstration of the impact of Pets As Therapy visits

28 July 2022

For the Love of Animals and the Veterinary Profession

Kate McMorris is finishing her journey that saw her riding with her horse Marilyn, from John o' Groats to Lands End, believed to be the first time such a journey has been undertaken on horseback by a vet.

26 July 2022

Pets As Therapy in UK Prisons

With veterinary surgeon Dr Paul Manktelow, we discussed our scheme bringing PAT Teams into prisons in the latest podcast on The Consult Room

11 July 2022

Story of a PAT Dog

Banjo-Oreo, a PAT Dog since October 2016, has an interesting story that eventually led him to become one of the much-loved PAT Dogs who visit schools via our Read2Dogs scheme. This is his story.

8 July 2022

Thank You Volunteers

University Hospital Southampton made a video honouring the work of Volunteers.

1 July 2022

Cllr Debbie Morris raises £1000 for PAT

On June 29, Cllr Debbie Morris, Chair or Three Rivers District Council, hosted a Summer Social in aid of our charity.

14 June 2022

PAT receives generous grant from The Pets at Home Foundation

Funding will help us set up a new regional hub in north-west England.

Summer Social at Three Rivers District Council 29 June

CEO Clare Davis will speak during the special event in support of PAT

19 May 2022

Calling ALL Dog owners

Award winning photographer and dog enthusiast Dylan Collard explores people's relationship with their dogs in a new photographic project called Living With Dogs.  

Goodwoof 2022

Goodwoof2022, is all about the dogs!

Dogstival 2022, Jubilee Edition

We are returning to Dogstival, and this year is the Jubilee Edition!

10 May 2022

PAT CEO Clare Davis interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Our CEO Clare Davis was interviewed by Anna King on BBC Radio Gloucestershire

5 May 2022

Here’s Gozo, the first PAT Dog with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

In 2021, PAT Dog Gozo the Maltese puppy became the first Pets As Therapy dog to ever receive the accolade for his work with North Devon Hospice.

Paws Up for DogFest 2022!

We will be at ALL DogFest events this year ready to meet new friends and recruit wonderful people and pets to join our cause.

26 April 2022

Go Eastleigh Spitfires!

An incredibly successful afternoon for our PAT Teams raising £141.64 at the Eastleigh Spitfires match

14 April 2022

1,300 Challenging Miles for Charity

The story of vet, Kate McMorris and her beautiful palomino horse, Marilyn, who will be attempting to ride solo this April from John o’Groates to Lands End

11 April 2022

Goodbye to Orvis

We had to say Goodbye to our friends at Orvis UK after 5 years

6 April 2022

Bringing joy at Nelson’s Journey

PAT Volunteer Wendy Jones recounts a beautiful moment with her PAT dog Lacee.

30 March 2022

A break from studying at the School of Law

A posse of PAT Dogs visit the University of Surrey.

Great South Run, 10 miles

Do you want to run the Great South Run in Portsmouth and raise funds for PAT? Register your interest today.

Great North Run, 13.1 miles

Do you want to run the Great North Run – a half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields — and raise funds for PAT? Register your interest today.

Great Manchester Run, 10k

Do you want to run the Great Manchester Run 10k and raise funds for PAT? Register your interest today.

5 May 2022

PAT Team from Gloucestershire interviewed by Stroud Times

The Stroud Times met with our PAT Team in Gloucestershire

2 March 2022

Eastleigh Football Club shows support to PAT

Pets As Therapy teams up with a dog-loving football club.

1 March 2022

Help us capture 1,000 PAT visits on camera!

Let's 'March back to volunteering' and put paws back on the floor.

23 February 2022

Lifting spirits at John Radcliffe Hospital

PAT Dog Thea makes new friends in Oxford.

2 February 2022

Marvellous Marley goes to school

And helps a young student who's anxious around dogs.

We need your help at Crufts 2022

Are you a PAT Volunteer who would like to attend Crufts and help us at our stand? Register your interest now.

27 January 2022

A visit to The Meath in Godalming

Volunteering teams receive a very warm welcome.

20 January 2022

Proof that PAT Dogs are priceless

Bringing smiles to stroke patients in a hospital ICU.

12 January 2022

What’s better than one black lab? Two!

Kimmy and Wilber visit Southampton General Hospital.

11 January 2022

Lily is in the pink when she wears yellow!

The little dog bringing joy to a Wiltshire care home.

6 January 2022

All you need is Loki – and a cuddle

Meet the PAT Dog that's cheering up our NHS heroes.

5 January 2022

A new role for a former guide dog

Thelma proves that once a caring dog, always a caring dog.

1 January 2022

Thank you message from Clare Balding

Clare Balding thanks all PAT Volunteers and Supporters

23 December 2021

PAT Dog Holly brings comfort and joy

Love is... precious time spent with a four-legged friend.

22 December 2021

A top-class achievement for Charlie

A Dorking school chooses to fundraise for Pets As Therapy.

15 December 2021

Santa’s little helper visits Leeds University

A PAT Dog called Evie spreads some festive cheer.

14 December 2021

Pupils snuggle up to PAT Dog Baxter

Quarry Brae Primary School welcomes a special visitor.

9 December 2021

A visit to the University of Surrey’s School of Law

PAT Dogs receive treats and toys – it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

8 December 2021

Retired police dog Fred has a new important job…

...and so has his owner, retired police officer Louise.

Orvis has Christmas all wrapped up!

Orvis, our corporate sponsor, is raising funds for Pets As Therapy on Saturday 4 December.

1 December 2021

Reunited at The Ridings care home

PAT Dog Ghillie returns to see old friends after almost two years.

24 November 2021

Everyone’s loving Golden Retriever Ruby

A special PAT Dog is helping to de-stress hospital staff working throughout the pandemic.

23 November 2021

Jabba is thrilled to be back at school

Meet the PAT Dog who loves nothing more than being read a good story.

18 November 2021

A festive story about friendship and smiles

Prime Video launches its first ever Christmas advert for Europe – and donates to Pets As Therapy.

17 November 2021

Tune in to ITV’s The Pet Show this Sunday

This week's show (21 November) features PAT Volunteers and their dogs at HMP Oakwood in Staffordshire.

12 November 2021

Poppy is proving popular at a local primary school

Pupils at St Mary's in Chessington love their special visits from a special PAT Dog.

11 November 2021

Enter Hillside’s online pet show

A Dorset-based vet practice is raising funds for Pets As Therapy. Join in the fun!

11 November 2021

Scooter scoops a SuperDog Award at a glitzy event

Congratulations to PAT Dog Scooter, and his owner Kirstie Martin, for winning the Naturo SuperDog Award for Best Carer.

10 November 2021

PAT Dog Meg is back on the wards

At a hospital in Haywards Heath, a cute little dog has a special mode of transport – a well-protected wheelchair!

Christmas market and craft fayre, Tranent

Pop along to Dunedin Vets on Sunday 7 November – between 10am and 4pm – for some festive fun.

2 November 2021

PAT Dog Baxter visits St Michael’s Hospice

And he's sure to tug at heartstrings of both residents and staff with that adorable face!

31 October 2021

Happy Hallowe’en from Curly and Mouse!

Nothing spooks these two pumpkin pooches who send postcards to friends when they're unable to visit.

25 October 2021

Pupils and teachers love PAT Dog Pip

It's not just the school children who look forward to our Read2Dogs sessions. Staff enjoy our visits too.

24 October 2021

Meet a small but mighty PAT Dog

Reggie comes to the rescue at his local 999 call centre.

18 October 2021

Congratulations Freddie on becoming a PAT Dog

Meet one of our newest recruits who has just passed their PAT assessment and can't wait to start volunteering.

17 October 2021

The Big Dog Walk at Hylands Park, Essex

Join us in Hylands Park. This is so much more than a walk, once completed you can enjoy a mini festival in grounds of this stunning country house.

15 October 2021

Archie visits staff at the Royal London Hospital

There are some big smiles behind those masks – thanks to a little dog.

10 October 2021

Brighton Half Marathon

The Brighton Half Marathon has been rescheduled but is now taking place on Sunday 10 October. The race is run primarily along Brighton seafront and passes famous landmarks such as the Royal Pavilion.

8 October 2021

University students enjoy cuddles from Kato

A special guest attends a wellbeing day at Anglia Ruskin University.

6 October 2021

Tune in to a new BBC Sounds podcast

Listen in to a new pet podcast. This week's episode features our volunteer and events manager, Matthew Robinson, as well as PAT Volunteer Lyndsey Uglow.

3 October 2021

The Big Dog Walk at St Clere Estate, Kent

Join us at the St Clere Estate, situated in the lovely town of Sevenoaks, just off the M26. It is in the westerly side of Kent, a county that has been coined the Garden of England.

3 October 2021

PAT Dogs visit Goldaming College

What a glorious sight to see so many beautiful PAT Dogs volunteering together!

1 October 2021

DogFest 2021: It’s a wrap!

Michaela Strachan was just one of our many visitors to the Pets As Therapy stands at DogFest!

29 September 2021

Sam joins Walking for Wellbeing sessions

A very special PAT Dog is helping Oxfordshire Mind to boost people's mental health.

25 September 2021 to 26 September 2021

DogFest North at Tatton Park, Cheshire

We are so excited to be back at DogFest North, Tatton Park, Cheshire. Join a community of dog lovers as we get the chance to celebrate our very best friends.

25 September 2021

Thank you VetPartners

A big thank you to VetPartners who have joined forces to raise money for Pets As Therapy