Pets As Therapy finalists announced
Pets As Therapy has approximately 3,800 PAT dogs helping in therapy and bringing smiles, friendship, laughter and memories to people of all ages throughout the U.K.
At present over 114,000 people benefit every single week by the service provided in Hospitals, Hospices, Care Homes, Day Care Centres, Special Needs Schools and many other establishments. Very often PAT dogs work with clients in ‘Stroke’ units encouraging them to use their limbs again, or with patients suffering from Clinical Depression. Often these patients stop communicating with other people and it seems that PAT dogs can get through the barrier put up by these patients, when all other human contact has failed. Many PAT dogs are also working with children suffering from debilitating Animal Phobias “In this field the results have been tremendous” said Maureen Hennis Pets As Therapy’s Chief Executive. “Many Clinical Psychologists are now asking for the help of Pets As Therapy and our wonderful volunteers with their lovely PAT dogs never fail to supply the required assistance”.
Yours magazine is proud to be involved in the annual search to find the 2008 PAT Dog of the Year and the winner of the competition, will receive a beautiful Crystal trophy a Cheque for £500 and three months supply of dog food from sponsors HiLife.
The five runners up will receive crystal trophies, £100 and one months supply of HiLife dog food. Yours readers are going to be given the opportunity to decide, along with a celebrity panel, which very special PAT dog will become PAT Dog of the Year.
This years celebrity panel consists of Pam St. Clement, Pauline Fleming, Lisa Riley, Roy Hudd,
Roy Barraclough, James Martin and editor of Yours Valery McConnell.
Nominations were made by many Health Care Professionals and it’s now over to the general public to vote for the dog they think should be PAT dog. People can vote via www.yours.co.uk of by using the coupon printed in issue 044 of Yours magazine.
If you would like further information on the work of Pets As Therapy please call 01844-345445 or visit the website at www.petsastherapy.org
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