PATS was founded in 1988 by Sadey Guy, a retired nurse living on the Saanich Peninsula. In Sadey’s own words….
“I thought of the idea of a society when I retired from nursing. At that time I was quite involved with the world of pets, and had been all my life, so I was well aware of their value. I was brought up in a hospital, and from a child had visited around “my Grannies and Grandpas”, (103 of them) with my dogs and rabbits, so this was a natural interest to follow. I engaged a few friends in this venture, and P. A. T. S. was born.”
Sadey was too modest in describing the birth of PATS. She worked many long hours to establish her society as a well organized and well respected registered non-profit organization serving the local community. An important first step was to engage the interest and support of the local veterinarian community. Sadey searched out similar programs across Canada and the United States and developed an approach to assessing the animals in the program that remains in place today. Local veterinarians continue to support PATS by providing an examination and assessment as a completely free service to membership applicants.
Over almost 30 years PATS has become a well known Victoria brand – PATS members and their pets visits continue to grow and expand. Through it all the people of PATS remain true to Sadey’s original intent – to bring comfort and healing to those we visit.