Losing a pet can be very painful. In fact, it is quite similar to losing a family member. Pets are family and losing one needs to be seen in a similar light.
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The article, “Grief over pets similar to grief over relatives” by Elijah Barber states,
“The loss of a pet is something that many can struggle with, and expressing this loss in a healthy and open way for many can be difficult.
People and Animal Assisted Therapy Services, dubbed ‘PAATS’, is the unconventional service within the Ipswich community that provides important this emotional support to those who need it.
Elijah Barber of MyBT spoke to Naomi Blake, co-creator of PAATS, about the services provided within the organisation, and the reason why she created a service that many are unaware of.
Q: What types of services does the People and Animal Assisted Therapy Services organisation provide?
A: People & Animal Assisted Therapy Services Inc (PAATS) provides services in 3 main areas:
Animal Assisted Therapy – that is, gaining a therapeutic outcome from working with animals. We currently work with children in out of home care, with our goats and dogs and with dogs from local shelters and rescue organizations. This work helps children build skills / mastery and self-esteem / self-confidence, develop empathy, and heal trauma.
Grief and Loss Support related to animals. We currently run a monthly grief and loss support group for anyone who has lost a companion animal, and also offer individual counselling. Over the next few months we are expanding the program to include people who work with animals – for example, veterinarians and their staff, animal shelter and rescue workers – who face significant levels of grief and compassion fatigue in their work.
Therapy Dog Training. PAATS works with Doggy Dogma training to develop handler and dog teams to the standard required for therapy work.”
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