Animal-Assisted Therapy

P. O. Box 164084
Fort Worth, Texas 76161-4084

Founded in 1986 -- A nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization

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Established as a Community Charity
Cumulative Teams Accepted
Current Membership
Registered PAT Dogs
Total Number of Dog Breeds Screened
Current Number of Facilities Serviced
Volunteer Service Hours - 2015
Cumulative Volunteer Service Hours (1990 - 2015)



Screenings held two times yearly with a maximum of 20 teams being screened. Each accepted team is then reevaluated every other year.

Approximately ten weeks (estimated) prerequisite for obedience work prior to application. P A T provided evaluation, orientation, supervised infield training with 30 days allowed for completion.
Types of Facilities
Psychiatric, Medical, and Physical Rehabilitation, Hospitals/Centers, Children's Medical Hospitals, Schools/Classes, Mentally/Physically Challenged, and Special Education, Long-term Care for the Elderly and Assisted Care Centers.
Cities Serviced
Arlington, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Plano, Mid-Cities and surrounding areas.
Counties Serviced
Collin, Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, and surrounding areas.
Volunteer Centers of Collin, Dallas, and Tarrant Counties. All are United Way Agencies.
1998 Dallas County Volunteer Organization ,1999 Cook CMC of Fort Worth Community Service Award, 2002 Points of Light, Mayor's (Fort Worth) Proclamation of PAT Day, Texas Governor Perry's Certificate for Points of Light, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Volunteer Organization of 2003.

PAT participates yearly in many public events including Special Olympics (district and state), as exhibitors in animal-related events, holiday parades, health fairs, demonstrations and presentations to local civic and church-related organizations each year. PAT also does in services and medically focused conferences.

PAT has on-going schedules each month with facilities being serviced at least five days each week. PAT provides summer programs for special needs camps for children with terminal illnesses and physical and mental disabilities. Many current facilities have had continuing programs since PAT was established in 1986.

Media Coverage
Includes but not limited to: Cable television programs and infomercials, special features such as Hot Spots, Hometown Heroes, Animals Like Us, and Good Morning America (greetings), Positively Texas. Articles include but are not limited to Dallas Morning News, Profile, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Prime Time, SR T X, Senior Sentinel, Dallas Child and Fort Worth Child, City and Country Pets, Denton Chronicle, Life Style, Fort Worth Magazine, Pet Talk and Pulse. PAT has also been seen on news cast coverage on major Dallas and Fort Worth stations.


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Our thanks to Serge Lussier
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