18 February 2019

Could your therapy dog bring joy to Day Hospice patients?

Scooby – one of a trio of therapy dogs that regularly visit the Day Hospice at Grove House in St Albans – is hanging up his lead and off to start a well-earned retirement after 4 years of bringing tail wags and joy to patients using the service.

PAT dog Scooby is hanging up his lead

So Rennie Grove Hospice Care is barking out an invitation to Pets As Therapy (PAT) dogs in the area and inviting them to apply to follow in Scooby’s paw-steps.

Poppy Montgomery-Ward, Clinical Services Manager at Grove House said: “PAT dogs make a wonderful addition to our Day Hospice activities and our patients are always thrilled to see them. We are looking for calm and friendly dogs who enjoy meeting people and getting a lot of fuss, together with their owners of course, to visit our patients to give them a chance to pet and talk to the animals. This can be really beneficial to patients, some of whom might now be too unwell to care for their own pets.”

Karen said: “After nearly 4 years visiting Grove House, my Pets As Therapy dog Scooby is taking a well-earned retirement. Scooby will miss his visits - especially the fuss and biscuits – because everyone is so friendly and welcoming and you get such a good feeling to see the smiles on people’s faces when Scooby trots into the room.”

Dogs will need to have had a Pets As Therapy assessment and be fully vaccinated, wormed and protected against fleas and ideally available for an hour a week.

Thousands of people of all ages benefit every week from 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.

For more information please contact Rennie Grove’s Volunteering Team on 01727 731020 or email volunteer@renniegrove.org. And to find out more about the Pets As Therapy charity and how to join with your dog (or cat) please visit www.petsastherapy.org or call 01865 671440.