PATS has been providing pet therapy on Vancouver Island for 33 years.

PATS Mission

The Pacific Animal Therapy Society (PATS) mission is to enhance the quality of care given to our clients by our visits with pets.

What we do

Visits with pets bring joy, relaxation and connection to people of all ages and backgrounds — from young children to the elderly, from post-secondary students to those recovering from illness and injury.

Today more than 100 volunteers and their pets serve the people of Vancouver Island through regular one-on-one and group visits in health care facilities, care homes, retirement communities, schools, universities, private residences and more.

PATS volunteers help young students with their reading through the Paws and Tales literacy program. Students are encouraged to read aloud to a dog, who serves as a safe, fun and non-judgmental listener as they practice their literacy skills.

PATS also partners with local high schools and post-secondary institutions to provide well-attended and beloved “de-stress” events, giving students a chance to benefit from pet therapy at challenging times in the school year.

We are proud to offer safe, quality pet therapy visits and events.

All PATS pets must pass a vet-administered behavioural assessment and be properly immunized, healthy and well-groomed.

For more information on our programs or to coordinate a visit, please contact us at info@patspets.ca.

PATS visits

  • bring pleasure
  • provide an opportunity for reminiscing
  • are relaxing and therapeutic.
  • will help build a meaningful and strong bond of friendship between the volunteer, client and pet
  • may stimulate clients to enter into other social interactions
  • will help the client fee well, and may stimulate them to return home (where applicable).

PATS strives to ensure that

  • visits are coordinated and consistent
  • our volunteers will receive the opportunity to have workshops by health care professionals.
  • a PATS member is always available for the volunteer to talk with, and answer any queries regarding the program.
  • emotional support be made available to volunteers, should it be needed due to loss of a client or pet