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My Pet As Therapy

My Pet As Therapy

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Share a picture of you and your pet and a message about why they are so important to your mental health and wellbeing!


Start: Monday, May 9, 2022

End: Wednesday, August 31, 2022




Pet owners and animal lovers

North Devon Hospice and national charity Pets As Therapy are asking for pictures of your pets to highlight the hugely positive effect our pets can have on our mental health. 

We all feel lonely at times, it’s a natural human emotion. But what if you were facing the end of your life alone? While many shy away from thinking about what our final days, weeks, or months may be like, North Devon Hospice believes that every person is a story, and the ending matters.  People at the end of their lives should have access to a pet if that is their wish, which is exactly why we need your pet photos and donations.

Help us ensure that no one faces the end of their lives feeling lonely

To get involved with the campaign, share a picture of you and your pet and a message about why they are so important to your mental health and wellbeing, along with a donation. Every photo shared will be entered into a competition to win a host of pet-friendly prizes including a pet-friendly holiday at the fabulous lodges at Stonerush Lakes, Looe, Cornwall.  

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The face of the campaign is our own four-legged volunteer Gozo along with his owner Paul Jewels, a dedicated volunteer for both the hospice and Pets As Therapy.

When Paul suffered a stroke, his family convinced him to get a puppy as they hoped it would be therapeutic. Four years on. Paul and Gozo are inseparable, and Paul shares Gozo’s unique calming and joyous presence with everyone they meet.  

Before the pandemic, Gozo a white Maltese puppy, visited North Devon Hospice every week to spread some joy among patients and families on the Bedded Unit, with one patient saying “He’s just beautiful, and a very good boy. I’ve had large dogs all my life, but he’s just the right size to come in and sit on people’s laps. He’s as good as gold, and he brings a lot of joy.”  
In 2021, Gozo and North Devon Hospice received the highest accolade a voluntary organisation can get, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, making him the only therapy pet ever to receive the honour. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, Gozo hasn’t been able to visit North Devon Hospice since 2020 but he and Paul have been volunteering for Pets As Therapy at local vaccination centres across North Devon.  

To share your pet photo please visit:  and you could be in with a chance of winning:

  • A pet-friendly holiday at Stonerush Lakes in South Cornwall
  • A 6 month supply of Arden Grange pet food
  • A dryrobe® Dog waterproof dog coat

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