A dog’s life

Dog's life

It’s a dog’s life at the Able Day Centre.

Maisie, our Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog, has now been joined by Milo, who is training to be a PAT dog.

The dogs bring support and comfort to the adults who attend the day centre.

Maisie, and Milo when he completes his training, also visits people in the community.

Lynn Tomkinson, Manager of the ABLE Centre, said:

“The dogs bring a lot of comfort and pleasure to the people who attend the day centre.

“They love being cuddled and stroked or just sitting by our students; in fact, they get just as much out of it as the adults do!

“But they also bring a great deal of pleasure to people in other settings, such as sheltered housing schemes and care homes.”

Pets As Therapy is a national charity which provides, through registered dog owners, therapeutic visits with friendly, temperament tested, vaccinated dogs.

Founded in 1983, the charity aims to:

  • Enhance lives in our communities by providing companionship and friendship and helps to tackle loneliness.
  • Improve the lives of people suffering from debilitating mental and physical health conditions and illnesses such as Autism, Dementia and Stroke by including animal assisted interventions as part of a holistic approach to treatment.
  • Improve literacy in children by developing their confidence, interest and enjoyment in reading through our read2dogs scheme.