PAT in the Media

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Pets as Therapy and it's associated programme Lees-Ukufunda-READ frequently appear in the media and on television. Various articles and youtube links can be found below.

In addition to these articles, research documents and papers are available on the PAT website as well. Please see PAT Research and READ Research for further reading.


Diere se geselskap is goed vir oumense, maar voordat hulle troeteldiere kry, is daar belangrike goed om te oorweeg deur Elmarine Anthony in Kuier tydskrip (11 Julie 2018). Lees die volledige artikel hier.

Emotional Support Dogs by Dr Magdie van Heerden - looking at the difference between pets registered as visiting dogs with PAT and emotional support animals. Read the full article here.

Creature Comforts, by Catherine Eden, in jump magazine (issue 1, 2018), looks at animals and therapy - read the full article



The Lees-Ukufund-READ programme was on Kyknet on, 11 July 2017, on channel 144. Titled "Hond se gedagte" there were four opportunities to watch the segment. Full segment to be uploaded soon.



PAT Chair Dr Marieanna le Roux and Boland area coordinator Dr Magdie van Heerden were interviewed by Vrouekeur for an article "Honde wat help", published in October 2016. Read the full article here.



Karen Steenkamp, PAT area coordinator for Polokwane, along with Sweetpea and Shakira, made in appearance in the local paper in July - see here for the full article.

Sherri Farinha and Heidi Vollmer appeared on SABC's Expresso programme on 24 February 2015 - the PAT segment can be viewed here.


2013/2014 has seen PAT mentioned frequently in the media.

  • We have again featured in Animal Talk - see the article "Therapy Dogs Touch lives", June 2014, here.
  • Don't miss the coverage that has been given to the Lees-Ukufunda-Read programme either - have a look here for further articles and youtube videos.


Read all about Sebastian, Andi and Andrew Chandler's ginger cat who visits Noordhoek Manor - "Share the Love: Does your cat have what it takes to be a therapy cat?" Animal Talk, November 2013, p 30 - 31


PAT recently collaborated with Dell and visited Panorama Palms in Durbanville in commemoration of the The Week of the Older Person - the full article that appeared in Tygerburger is available here.