News: Anna

Anna, the gorgeous boxer belonging to PAT Chair Dr Marieanna le Roux is currently starring on Regal Health's website Success Stories. Her full story is below:

Anna's Success Story

"Anna was 8 weeks old and the smallest in the litter of eight when we got her from a breeder in Gordon’s Bay.

When Anna was about 18 months old we had a burglary at our house. All the noises from people shouting, our neighbour’s dogs barking, strangers from the security company and police coming onto our premises really frightened her. Our vet prescribed something to help her get over her subsequent anxiety. At that time she was too scared to walk through a door with glass panels.

Although she passed her assessment as a therapy dog, I still had to work with her. After we had the meeting with you on 12 May 2016, I decided to try the Stress & Anxiety Remedy for a while. She slowly improved, and eventually she was so much better that we could even attend a workshop with other dogs in Worcester. We even visit the Regal Pet Health offices in Muizenberg where she enjoys all the attention.

Recently we were without the Stress & Anxiety Remedy for two days and she suddenly started digging holes in our garden again. She is now back on the remedy and no more digging since!"

For further information on Regal Health's products, please visit their website at www.regalpethealth.com

News: Lou-May Immelman walks to raise funds for PAT

Lou-May Immelman in training, with PAT dog Morris

Lou-May Immelman, a member of Pets as Therapy (PAT), will be walking the 256km Tankwa-Camino from 28 April to 7 May 2017 to raise funds for PAT.

The Tankwa-Camino is a slack-packing, green flag trail that starts in Calvinia and ends in Ceres. Hikers walk along the R355 gravel road with nine overnight stops (in tents) along the way. This trail is not for the faint-hearted and challenges hikers at many different levels. Lou-May will be challenged physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually – and be taken out of her comfort zone.

Day one, the third shortest (!), starts in Calvinia and 22,5 km later the first over-night stop is at Boskloof.

The daily distances are long, but each hiker determines their own pace; no-one “keeps time”. This is one of the attractions for me; that my experience of time will become very relative and the clock will not be my dictator. And that Søren Kierkegaard’s words to “Above all, do not lose your desire to walk … ” will spur me on to get up the next morning, and the next, and the next ...

She links this intentional move out of her comfort zone with PAT volunteers who visit facilities where residents’ daily lives could be described as living in zones of discomfort. She also links this with PAT volunteers who sometimes place themselves and their pets in uncomfortable zones.

Donations – large, small or consider value per km – are to be deposited directly into PAT’s bank account, with your name and “Tankwa” as reference. The details are as follows:

Name:             Pets as Therapy
Bank:              ABSA
Branch code:  632005
Account:         4060497683
 
For rurther information on the Tankwa-Camino trail visit www.tankwacamino.com

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ATKV Woordveertjie Award / ATKV-Woordveertjie vir leesbevordering

This year Pets as Therapy’s Lees-Ukufunda-Read Programme was honoured with an ATKV Woordveertjie Award, which came with a R10,000 prize. / Die Lees – Ukufunda – Read program van Pets as Therapy het onlangs die ATKV-Woordveertjie en ‘n prysgeld van R10 000 vir leesbevordering in Afrikaans ontvang.

This was awarded to PAT for promoting Afrikaans literacy in schools in the Western Cape. A very special thanks to Marieanna le Roux who is the driving force behind this programme. / Pets as Therapy het die toekenning vir leesbevordering van Afrikaans in Wes-Kaapse skole ontvang. ‘n Spesiale dankie aan Marieanna le Roux wat die dryfveer agter die program is.

For further information on the Lees-Ukufunda-Read programme please explore the website or contact Dr Marieanna le Roux on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Vir meer inligting oor die Lees – Ukufunda – Read program besoek gerus ons webtuiste of kontak dr Marieanna le Roux by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marieanna le Roux accepts her award

(Photos (clockwise) Nici Reed, Marieanna le Roux and Joana du Toit; Marieanna accepting her award; Nici Reed and Marieanna le Roux; the Veertjie trophy)

 

Fundraising

** Update - Lou-May completed the Botterkloof and raised R3800 for PAT **

Lou-May Immelman will be walking the Botterkloof Enduro this year, a distance of 120km, to raise funds (and awareness) for Pets as Therapy (PAT). The slack-packing hike starts on the 18th of August in Calvinia, via the Botterkloof and Pakhuis Passes and ends on the 23rd of August in Clanwilliam.

Donations – large, small or consider value per km – may be deposited directly into PAT’s bank account, with your name and “Botter” as reference. The details are as follows:

Name:                 Pets as Therapy
Bank:                  ABSA
Branch code:      632005
Account:             4060 497 683

(Donations are tax deductible – please request a S18A receipt)

For further information on the Botterkloof Enduro visit www.tankwacamino.com

 

Animal Assisted Therapy Conference: 27 & 28 September 2018

Jelly Beanz Inc in partnership with Equinox Trust and Pets as Therapy will be hosting a not-to-be-missed Animal Assisted Therapy Conference on 27 & 28 September 2018 at the Durbanville Conference Centre, Cape Town.

The cost of the conference is R2350.00 and CPD has been applied for.

Three PAT Committee Members will be presenting at the conference, Dr Marieanna le Roux, Dr Leigh Tucker and Dr Magdie van Heerden

The full programme is now available for the above conference here.

For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Read about Pets as Therapy on Campus at Stellenbosch University.

 

News Update: April 2016

 

A Date to Diarise!

 

Our Annual General Meeting is being held on 4 June 2016 at Pinelands North Primary School from 10 am to 1 pm. Please keep the day free as we would love to meet up with all our volunteers and supporters. We will once again have some interesting speakers, including Dr Magdie Van Heerden, a Human-Animal Interaction Practitioner, and various volunteers.

We hope to have our annual raffle, a small book sale and a gift or two for our supporters.

Further information will be sent out in the next week or two.

 

Newsletter - do you have a story, an idea, a picture?

We would love to share your PAT happenings, volunteer news and visiting dog events

with our newsletter readers.  Please send any photos , snippets of interest or full articles to us for publication in future issues of the newsletter.    You can email your contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The next newsletter is due out in mid May.

 

Membership Fees

 

It's that time of year again when membership fees are due for all visiting members. You should by now have received an invoice from Margie Wood with payment details. As a reminder, fees for standard members are R180 and are for the period March 2016 to February 2017. If you have any queries about your membership fees, please contact Margie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Human-Animal Interaction Seminar & Workshop Program 2016

Dr Magdie van Heerden, Human-Animal Interaction Practitioner & Social Services Professional runs a series of courses throughout the year that may be of interest to our supporters. Please see click here for full details.

Annual General Meeting 2015

The next Annual General Meeting will be held in June.

Saturday, 6th June 2015
10.00 am to 12.00 pm
Pinelands North Primary School, Richmond Avenue, Pinelands, Cape Town (directions available here.)
 
Speakers
Dr Aileen Pypers, Vet and Animal Behaviourist
Mr Johann Theron, Editor of Animaltalk magazine
Mr Abdul Kadir Palekar from Doggobone
Ms Annali Mey, teacher at Oklahoma Street Primary School, giving feedback on the READ programme
Sherri Farinha, southern suburbs area co-ordinator
Izaan Havenga, research student
 
Raffle
We are holding a raffle, with some fabulous prizes – and you can enter even if you cannot attend the AGM. Tickets are R10 and are available on the day or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you are not going to be able to attend the AGM please arrange to deposit your ticket price into our bank account (ref: surname/RAF) and note that it will be your responsibility to arrange for collection of your prize.
 
Fantastic prizes include two vouchers for two for Afternoon Tea at the Mount Nelson, a Ricky Litchfield hamper, a Royal Canin hamper, a large bag of Hills Ideal Balance and treats, and various other assorted items.
 
Prize Draw for Members
There will be a special prize draw on the day for all fully paid up Members who attend the AGM - and you can pay on the day to be entered if you have not done so already.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Documents available for download:

Executive Committee nomination forms
Committee nomination form
 
Programme of Events and Agenda (to be added before AGM)
 
 

Annual General Meeting 2016

The next Annual General Meeting takes place on Saturday!

Saturday, 4th June 2016
10.00 am to 1.00 pm
Pinelands North Primary School, Richmond Avenue, Pinelands, Cape Town (directions available here.)
 
Guest Speaker
Dr Magdie van Heerden, Human-Animal Interaction Practitioner and Social Services Professional
 
Raffle
We are holding a raffle, with some fabulous prizes – and you can enter even if you cannot attend the AGM. Tickets are R10 and are available on the day or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you are not going to be able to attend the AGM please arrange to deposit your ticket price into our bank account (ref: surname/RAF) and note that it will be your responsibility to arrange for collection of your prize. The draw will take place at the AGM and if you are not able to attend, PAT will forward your prize to you.
 
Fantastic prizes include a Regal Health Hamper, a Bravecto hamper,Hills Oven Baked treats,20 % off Absolute Pets vouchers,Prac-tic tick and flea solutionsand Wine.
 
Gifts for Members
The Executive Committee have a special gift for all members who are up to date with their membership fees. We hope to give all members their gifts at the AGM but if you are unable to attend we will arrange for this to be delivered to you.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 082 923 4770

 

Documents available for download:

 
 

News Update: April 2015

A Date to Diarise!
 
Our Annual General Meeting is being held on 6 June 2015 at Pinelands North Primary School. Further details to be sent out closer to the time , but please keep the morning free. We will once again have some interesting speakers, as well as a raffle with some lovely human and doggie prizes.
 
 
Help our Fundraising for 2015 - Cavendish Book Fair
 
We need a very special volunteer! The Cavendish Book Fair is one of our main fundraising events of the year - and this year we need someone to take on the task of organising the PAT stand. If you are able to offer your assistance, please contact Marieanna ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Bronwynn ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

News Update: December 2014

Our Christmas Newsletter is now available online.

Main features:

  • Bark for Life Hermanus
  • Research at Huis Ebenhaeser, Cloetesville                               
  • An update from our Chair, Dr Marieanna le Roux
  • Feedback on some of our fundraising events this year
 
Do you have an article or interesting information for the newsletter?
We are always looking for contributions, however short.
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any suggestions or contributions.

News Update: March 2015

Pets as Therapy on Expresso

Heidi Vollmer and Sherri Farinha did a fantastic job of promoting PAT, and showing what the charity is all about, by appearing on SABC's Expresso programme on 24 February 2015 - have a look at the full segment here.

 

Research Published

Moniqe Simon, a masters student at North West University, has recently published her research looking at the effect of animal assisted activities on children hospitalised with cancer. Her full research paper can be viewed here.