Dogs are amazing companions and we know that from time to time, our dog makes us feel so much better. Even Simon Cowell says so (see link at the foot of this post, where Simon talks about his dogs and his support for the WSPA)
Psychological Assistance Dogs UK (PADsUK) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of Psychological Assistance Dogs (sometimes called Psychiatric Service Dogs or PSDs in other countries) to users in the UK.
The role that dogs play in improving the health and well-being of their human companions is well documented. Dogs have been used for years in therapeutic settings to aid the recovery of individuals with mental health issues. However, the United Kingdom has not thus far had support for these individuals to benefit from the use of an assistance dog. We are a group of interested individuals from the area of assistance dog training, mental health, and law intent on establishing a charity for the training and placement of Psychological Assistance Dogs (PADs).
PADs have been successfully used in other countries for many years now. It is evident through the work of similar organisations elsewhere that PADsUK could bring a new and positive element to Assistance Dog provision in the UK, whilst integrating beneficially with the current Assistance Dog community. PADsUK eagerly anticipate becoming positive contributors with a constructive role in the Assistance Dog community, and look forward to working with those with further expertise in this area.
If you are interested in being provided with this type of Assistance Dog then please contact us, but please be aware that we are not actively placing dogs at this moment as we are concentrating our efforts on developing a sound and thorough platform on which to do this. We are also seeking experienced professionals to join our team from the areas of mental health, charity organisation and fundraising. Please contact us for more information here on: http://www.padogsuk.org/ or follow us on Twitter