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“Bella was born to be a Pets as Therapy dog” Meet Duchess of Kent Hospice’s four-legged volunteer

Pets can be a great support during illness and beyond – as volunteer Barry discovered when, following his wife Sarita’s death, he signed up their puppy Bella to become a certified Pets as Therapy dog.

A shout-out to the therapy dogs of Sue Ryder (and an alpaca, too)

In our latest blog, we want to celebrate the furry, four-legged Sue Ryder volunteers who work so hard to brighten the days of our patients, residents and families – not forgetting their humans!

Meet volunteer Lynn and her Pets as Therapy dog Quito

Sue Ryder volunteer, Lynn, talks about deciding to register her furry four-legged companion, Quito, as a Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog and how he is bringing comfort, companionship and joy to patients at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub Berkshire.

Sue Ryder searches for their next Ambassadogs to help support patients

Sue Ryder has partnered with Pets As Therapy to launch a nationwide search for the paw-fect canine companions to carry out important duties and provide support for patients at their neurological care centres, hospices and palliative care hubs across the UK.

Meet Leckhampton Court Hospice's most popular volunteer

Nine-year-old chihuahua Chica has been our Leckhampton Court Hospice’s Pets As Therapy Dog for the past three years, visiting patients in the hospice’s day and inpatient units with owner Helen.

Meet Mabel, St John’s Hospice’s latest volunteer and furry four-legged friend

Meet the latest volunteer at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice – a loveable, furry, three year old Cockapoo called Mabel. Pets as Therapy dog Mabel started volunteering at the hospice last year and has proved to be a ‘pawsome’ pal to patients, relatives and staff. Here, Mabel’s owner and fellow volunteer Debra tells us about their experiences.

Announcing our first paw-fect Ambassadog winners

With Pets As Therapy, the fur-bulous Ambassasdogs will carry out important duties at Sue Ryder’s neurological care centres, hospices and palliative care hubs across the UK.

A day in the life of therapy dogs Mac and Jess

Jude Scott, Practice Educator at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court. in Aberdeen, talks about how her dogs became registered Therapets, as well the joy and benefits they bring into the lives of the residents.

Our final Ambassadog winners have been chosen

We are delighted to announce the remaining paw-fect Ambassadog winners for Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub.

Finlay the therapy dog retires after years of helping residents at Sue Ryder Stagenhoe

For nearly a decade, Finlay the therapy dog has been helping and cheering up residents at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe, but now he is hanging up his collar and settling into retirement after bringing joy to so many people.