Since it’s beginning over 22,000 P.A.T. dogs have been registered into the Pets As Therapy scheme. Every year some of these retire and new dogs, having first been examined and passed on health, temperament, suitability and stability grounds, join Pets As Therapy.
Today there are currently around 4,500 active P.A.T. visiting dogs and 108 P.A.T. cats at work in the UK. Every week these calm friendly dogs and cats give more than 130,000 people, both young and old, the pleasure and chance to cuddle and talk to them. The bedsides and homes that are visited each year number a staggering half million.
People often feel isolated and even the most withdrawn seem to open up and let the barriers down when their regular Pets As Therapy visiting dog is around. These dogs bring everyday life closer and with it all the happy associations for them of home comforts. The companionship of an undemanding animal, that gives unconditional love, is often one of the most missed aspects of their lives.
Research continues to validate the very real value of this daily work undertaken in the community by voluntary Pets As Therapy visitors and their dogs that work amongst those of us most in need of a little extra boost in addition to medical skills and nursing care.
Bespoke Home Care fully believe in the comfort and friendship a dog can give and we are pleased to say we now have our very own PAT dog.
This is Lola, a red Merle Border Collie. We have had here since she was 9 weeks and loves meeting new people and enjoys the fuss they make of her.
Lola passed her PAT test and now enjoys coming to work with us. A many number of our clients enjoy seeing Lola during one of her regular visits.
Having a visit from Lola is optional and if required can be set up with the Bespoke Home Care team.
Lola is fully insured by Pets At Therapy.
Registered P.A.T Dog ID: 1066806