Animal Magic

PAT holds a database of organisations which would like to be visited and the volunteers, once registered, are matched to the venues that suit them best.

Volunteers visit their chosen establishment with their dog - usually for about 1 hour a week. Times and frequency are arranged to suit both the volunteer and the establishment. More than one establishment may be visited.

There are also opportunities for one-off visits.

Volunteers talk to residents, patients, children etc and allow them to pat, feed, play with, groom their dog. There are also opportunities to socialise with other volunteers to take part in fundraising activities and events.

Open to both male and female owners. Code of conduct training plus ongoing support from the local co-ordinator.


Must be the owner of a dog or cat that is calm, friendly and gentle and in good health. Dogs undergo a basic temperament test and must be fully vaccinated.

Must enjoy meeting people, be outgoing and friendly, able to chat to people with a wide range of disabilities and health problems.

Must be able to maintain regular visits, long term.

Have a belief in the therapeutic benefits of contact with companion animals.


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 30/11/2017

End Date: 01/12/2020

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Availability Details

Various locations around Chelmsford, there is a waiting list of places requesting visits.


This opportunity is available in: Chelmsford

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