Here’s Gozo, the only PAT Dog with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
“His job in life is to make people smile,” said owner Paul Jewels of his faithful dog, Gozo who has been regularly visiting North Devon Hospice Bedded Unit to provide company to people at the end of their lives, and their families.
In collaboration with North Devon Hospice, we are encouraging our amazing supporters to take part in a new digital campaign titled ‘My Pet As Therapy’, alongside the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (May 9th), to raise vital funds by celebrating the positive effect pets have on our mental health and wellbeing.
PAT Volunteer Paul and PAT Dog Gozo and their story are the face of this campaign. When Paul suffered a stroke, his family convinced him to get a puppy in the hopes it would be therapeutic. Four years on, Paul and Gozo are inseparable and Paul shares Gozo’s unique calming and joyous presence with everyone they meet.
To get involved with the campaign, share a picture of you and your pet and a message about why they are so important to your mental health and wellbeing, along with a donation. Every photo shared will be entered into a competition to win a host of pet-friendly prizes, including a pet friendly holiday at the fabulous lodges at Stonerush Lakes, Looe, Cornwall.
To share your pet photo please follow this LINK