Cariad Pet Therapy
We provide the local community with volunteers and their dogs to offer therapeutic visits and companionship. We visits schools, care homes, hospitals, people socially isolated in the community and offer staff well-being sessions.
We also provide Readaloud visits to schools where the children read stories to the dog out loud. This encourages children to read in a relaxing and non-judgemental way and is shown to improve their overall literacy and confidence.
We also provide 1:1 goal orientated sessions with children with autism & special needs.
We are not-for-profit registered Community Interest Company and we are affiliated to
Animal-Assisted Intervention International. We take referrals from PAVS & The British Red Cross for socially isolated individuals.
We are based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire and currently have volunteers in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
Volunteer Directors Rob & Christine Thomas have a background in adult and child care services at management levels and in social housing. They have a love for dogs and their Labradors Harper, Percy and Nova are part of the Cariad team.
Rob is currently studying to become a practitioner in Animal-Assisted Play Therapy.
Cariad Pet Therapy started in September 2018 and to date have 14 volunteers through the assessment and induction period.
All volunteers are enhanced DBS checked and their dogs have been temperament assessed by our team and have had an induction. We have our own insurance in place.
We are all volunteers and do not charge for our visits but welcome donations and any sponsorship.
This enterprise is solely run in our spare time.
Although we provide volunteers we may charge for commercial staff well-being visits to cover mileage.
Our Mission is primarily dog welfare. We are committed to ensuring the welfare of the dog is central in whatever we do. It is important to have a strong relationship with our dogs as volunteers and to consider their feelings at all times. It is important to us to have volunteers who are 'dog-fluent' and have a natural empathy.
It's about mutual reciprocal relationships with our dogs - working with, not using them. A content dog is a content client.
We support our volunteers to feel valued and equipped to carry out visitations with their loved dogs.
We aim to provide comfort and support to all members of our local communities through dog visits in a risk-assessed, controlled and positive manner.
We keep up to date with current trends both at home and internationally and form part of a movement promoting the benefit of the human-animal bond.