News Update: December 2015

The PAT Bumper Christmas Newsletter is now available online.

Main features:

  • An update from our Chair, Dr Marieanna le Roux
  • Introducing our new Boland Coordinator
  • AGM Report Back
  • Meeting Morris and Avril
  • Remembering Delene Martins
  • Upcoming Workshop
  • Feedback on some of our fundraising events this year
  • ...and much much more
 
Thank you to Julie McFarlane for taking on the role of collating and producing the newsletter.
 
 
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We are always looking for contributions, however short.
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News Update: July 2014

Our Winter Newsletter is now available online.

Main features:

  • The Lees-Ukufunda-Read programme  
  • Report back on the 2014 AGM                                    
  • An update from our Chair, Dr Marieanna le Roux
  • Member Focus: Rina Nel

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Amazing Wine Race - 9 August 2014

The Amazing Wine Race takes place on the 9 August 2014 in the Stellenbosch and Paarl wine regions. Please support this event as a percentage of proceeds will be donated to Pets as Therapy. For further information contact Björn van Oort at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021 981-0216 during office hours, or view the invitation.

An article on the event recently appeared in the Tygerburger (view).

Fundraising for 2014 - Cavendish Book Fair

We recently had a very successful Book Fair at Somerset West and are now focusing on Cavendish Square. Any unwanted books, please donate them! Contact Charmaine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 078 242 6100 to arrange delivery.

Two new appointments

New Membership Secretary
Nici Reed is the new membership secretary. She may be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
New Area Co-ordinator
We are very pleased to announce that Anene Loots has taken over the role of area co-ordinator for the Helderberg area from Marieanna le Roux. Anene may be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2014 Annual General Meeting

The minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting are now available for download.

News Update: December 2017

Our December Newsletter is now available online.

Main features:

  • Report back from Lou-May Immelman on her fundraising walk on behalf of PAT
  • Branch news - news from Durban and news from two Durban volunteers, Lesley Devine and Pam Dimond
  • Member Focus: Valda Krige
  • Gallery and Member news

 

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News Update: May 2018

Our May Newsletter is now available online.

Main features:

  • Hermanus Volunteers Jan and Tutu Wagener report on their visits with their PAT dog Buks
  • Report back on the recent Lees-Ukufunda-Read workshop
  • Chair's Report - Dr Marieanna le Roux
  • Member Focus: Eileen Keogh and Wilbur
  • Gallery and Member news

 

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News Update: June 2014

AGM Reminder & Raffle Tickets – only R10!

We are looking forward to seeing as many as possible of you at the AGM this Saturday, 7th June, at 10.00 am Pinelands North Primary School.

We are holding a Raffle, with some fabulous prizes – and you can enter even if you cannot attend the AGM.

Fantastic prizes include:

·         Glenelly Wine, worth R550

·         Tea at the Mount Nelson, worth R470

·         Lucky Dog Hamper, worth R250

·         Vondi’s Vouchers

Tickets are R10 and are available on the day of the AGM or before – email Mariette du Toit on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your tickets. 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.

 

Human Animal Interaction Short Course: 6 – 10 October, Wellington

Dr Magdie Van Heerden will be running a short course on Human Animal Interaction at theCentre for Child, Youth and Family Studiesof the NWU in Wellington on the 6 – 10 October 2014.

The course provides delegates with relevant knowledge and skills to contribute to positive Human-Animal Interactions (HAI) in the community. Delegates will be equipped to implement Animal-Assisted Therapy and Humane Education programmes within private practice, government departments, NGO’s and other service-providing organisations. Delegates should have previous professional training, such as in Social Work, Psychology, Criminology, Teaching, Theology, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational-, Physio –, Speech Therapy or Veterinary Science.

If you would like further information, please download the full brochure.

 

Annual General Meeting 2014

The next Annual General Meeting will be held in June this year.

Saturday, 7th June 2014
10.00 am to 12.00 pm
Pinelands North Primary School, Richmond Avenue, Pinelands, Cape Town
 

Directions available here.

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Documents available for download:

Volunteer! - please join our committee and help run PAT - further information
Executive Committee nomination forms
Committee nomination form
 
Programme of Events and Agenda (to be added before AGM)
 

 

 

News Update: April 2014

Some upcoming events and diary dates:

  • Our Annual General Meeting is being held on 7 June 2014 at Pinelands North Primary School. Further details to be sent out closer to the time, but please keep the morning free. It will more than just a meeting, with talks from the “Giggling Gourmet” Jenny Morris and well known animal behaviourist Taryn Blyth, as well as a raffle with some lovely human and doggie prizes.
 
  • Watch PAT and the Lees-Ukufunda-Read programme being highlighted on Woef & Kie on Kyknet, on 16 April 2014, channel 144 at 17.30.
 
  • The Annual Charity Book Fairs are fast approaching. Somerset West Mall Book Fair takes place on 5 – 8 June 2014. Please start collecting books now for Somerset West and for Cavendish. We are especially looking for non-fiction books this year.  Please contact Marieanna ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Jean ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for drop off points.

 

READ: News

TV & Social Media

The READ programme is frequently mentioned in the press and has recently been highlighted on Kyknet's Woef & Kie and on SABC 3's Expresso Show (8 May 2014).

Watch the Expresso Show's YouTube video here.

News Articles

Read some of the articles below (links open in a new window)

·         "Beste vriend nou ook beste 'leesmeester'", Die Burger, 13 May 2011

·         "Woef help nou met leeswerk", Die Burger, 9 June 2012

·         "Honde help kinders lees", Die Burger, 25 March 2013

·         "Honde help kinders om baie beter to lees", Die Beeld, 23 March 2013

·         "Kinders wat vir honde lees, vaar beter", Die Volksblad, 26 March 2013

·         Woef en Kie (to be added)

READ: Workshops

Apply to take part in the next LEES-UKUFUNDA-READ (READ) workshop: 

Would you like to train to become part of the READ programme? The aim of the Lees – Ukufunda – Read program is to improve the reading skills of children through the use of registered reading teams. The programme is hugely in demand and we need more volunteers.

Dr Marieanna le Roux will be running a workshop to teach you how to use your pet to become part of this worthwhile programme.

Places are limited – only 10 volunteers will be accepted. 

You do not currently have to be a PAT member to be accepted on the workshop but preference will be given to those who are committed to being involved long-term with the READ programme.

Date:            24 March 2018 (Saturday)

Time:            09:00 – 13:00

Venue:          Welgevallen House, Suidwal Street, Stellenbosch (directions)

Fees:             R150 for materials and refreshments

Please book your place with Marieanna le Roux by sending the completed application form to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (you can download it here).

Once Marieanna has reserved your place, please deposit the fee of R150 into the PAT bank account to confirm your attendance.

Please use READ and your surname as reference (eg READSmith).

Bank Account details:
ABSA
Account name:  Pets as Therapy
Branch code:  632005
Account number:  4060497683
 

For more information on the Lees-Ukufunda-Read Programme, click here

News Update: December 2013

Our Spring Newsletter is now available!

Main features:

  • Our first Afrikaans articles - by Elaine Swanepoel from George and Karen Steenkamp from Polokwane - appear in this edition (read more).
  • An update from our Chair, Marieanna le Roux (read more)
  • Feedback on some of our fundraising events this year (read more)

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PAT in the Media

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.

2018

Só kan honde kinders se leesvermoë verbeter (27 September 2018)

Dr Marieanna le Roux was interviewed by Le Roux Schoeman about the Lees-Ukufunda-Read programme for Netwerk24 - watch the full video here.

The full article is available to Netwerk24 subscribers at https://www.netwerk24.com/Stemme/Aktueel/kyk-honde-eienaars-se-terapeutiese-goudmyn-20181003 . We are hoping to obtain a copy for the website.

 

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 http://console.virtualpaper.com/momentum-health/jump_issue1_2018/#24/.

2017

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.

2016

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.

2015

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Update : September 2013

Our Winter Newsletter is now available!

Main features:

Royal Canin makes a difference at Includid - read about how they are helping to feed Bobbie, Blackie and Cookie, three Includid residents (read more).
An update from Marieanna le Roux, our Chair, on the progress PAT has made in the past few months (read more)
Imraam Titoti, a Grade 7 pupil in George, recently did a Life Orientation research assignment on PAT, with the help of Elaine Swanepoel and Shade. And received full marks!
News and Upcoming Events - Whale of a Waggle Walk and the Cavendish Annual Book Fair (read more)

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