Crufts with Pets As Therapy


Written by: Isobella Ash

Last week we had the pleasure of attending Crufts with our chosen charity Pets As Therapy (PAT.) There we assisted the PAT team with the setup of the stand and even had our own section to run a FREE lucky dip. We invited passers-by to have a go and even offered them a prize on the stand and the chance to win an Orvis Dog bed of their choice. With every entry, we also handed out a PAT bag filled with information about the amazing charity.

Our lucky dip station

Pets As Therapy is the largest organisation of its kind in Europe, they enhance thousands of lives each day by dedicated volunteers and their pets giving up some spare time each week to bring companionship and joy to so many people in need of comfort. Man’s best friend can help people of all ages in so many locations such as hospitals, schools and hospices. They work to help anyone who appreciates the warm companionship and love of a friendly animal.

Children are particularly affected by the presence of dogs, allowing them to become more naturally relaxed, as we all know it’s hard to be stressed when stoking a canine companion. Parents and teachers can use this special relationship to further the children’s literacy skills and encourage reading in a relaxed environment, the dog acts as a non-judgemental listener and offers comfort to the child who may find reading difficult or stressful. On average over 6,000 children per week, across the country, benefit from this unique experience and the results are outstanding.

Heidi Andrews, Orvis Omni Channel Marketing Manager, proving that it is
impossible to be stressed while cuddling a furry friend

We were overwhelmed with the support of people at Crufts, eager to learn more about the charity and even asking if their dog can become a PAT dog. Thank you so much to all of you who are now hungry to get involved in the work that PAT is doing, more volunteers are always welcome as well as all breeds of Dog. For more information please do check out their website. Also if you know of a local establishment that would benefit from Pats services then please check out this page of their website.

We were also pleased to see that so many people wanted to become monthly donators to the charity. PAT has set up a Just Giving page on their website and were encouraging those at the event to visit it even if this was only to be a one-time donation. While at Crufts PAT was offering vouchers for a free personalised Orvis dog collar whenever anyone set up a monthly or weekly direct debit. If you would still like to become a regular donator you can still do so here.

Most importantly we would like to say thank you to all the Pat Dogs and their owners who volunteered to help at the event including DougThePugTherapyDog and JonnyAndMiloTheett. Although we did hear about Doug’s poorly eye and we do hope he gets well soon!

Doug the pug – preinjury

We’re so proud to be able to support this amazing charity wherever we can, whether that be through events like these or through our £ to Pats scheme in stores. We hope to continue to work with them in the future and raise more money for them than ever before.

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