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 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.
Once you and your pet are accepted as a PAT team, you will be volunteering for an organisation that is committed to creating and fostering a culture that promotes respect for each other and values individual differences. We do not condone, tolerate or ignore any form of discrimination or unacceptable behaviour.
A typical visit & assessment process
What our clients say
“Joyce, along with her delightful Pets as Therapy dog Indie, has been visiting patients on the Stroke Unit at the Princess Royal University Hospital for over three years. They call into the Unit every Wednesday and brighten everyone’s day. They are a professional, compassionate and dedicated duo and have made an outstanding contribution to the recuperation of extremely ill patients. Joyce and Indie’s attendance has become a highlight of the week for both patients and staff on the Unit and their tireless service to the Trust is greatly appreciated.”
Princess Royal University Hospital
“For many residents, Esther’s visits are something to look forward to in the week and really do brighten up their day. A member of staff explained that one resident is often reluctant to engage with staff and can be non-communicative, but that when Esther visits she is much happier, chats with staff and other residents and has her mood boosted for several days. The wife of another resident described how “Esther’s visits bring a smile to everyone’s face. She really is a Super-dog!”
Dementia Friendly Communities – Kent County Council