History

PATS was founded in 1988 by Sadey Guy

As a child, Sadey would take her dogs and rabbits to visit the residents at the seniors’ home her family ran. It was only natural that years later, after retiring from a career in nursing, she set out to start the first pet therapy association on Vancouver Island.

Sadey worked tirelessly to establish PATS as a well-organized and respected registered charity serving the local community. Over more than 30 years, countless people have benefited from visits with our pets, which have included llamas, miniature horses, cats, rabbits and, of course, dogs.

Though she died in 2015, Sadey is still recognized for her significant contributions to the community. He history of service and connection is what drives PATS as we evolve to meet the needs of our community today.

PATS is run by a small volunteer board of directors. Operations depend on the generous donations of time and funding from members and the community.

Today, the people of PATS remain true to Sadey’s original intent — to bring comfort and healing to those we visit.