16th March 2020
We are all very aware of the developing situation around the Coronavirus.
After careful consideration and in consultation with a number of our healthcare establishments and other connected charities, the Pets As Therapy Trustees have decided to temporarily suspend all PAT visiting services and all other volunteer activities including assessing until further notice.
This difficult decision has been made to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our clients and volunteers, and we will be reviewing the situation on the 20th of April 2020.
We must therefore ask our volunteers to contact the establishments they visit to advise that they will, with immediate effect, temporarily suspend their volunteering. Pets As Therapy will also be writing to all establishments separately to confirm the temporary suspension.
This decision has not been taken lightly. We are very aware how important our PAT visits are to our clients, young and old. However, the Trustees feel that the health, safety and wellbeing of all must remain the priority.
We will continue to provide updates on the situation as matters develop.