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Jersey pet therapy charity opens
More than 18,000 dogs have been registers with the charity
A national charity which uses domestic pets to provide therapy for people has opened a branch in Jersey.

Pat (Pets As Therapy) visits hospitals and nursing homes with dogs to see people who may have had to give up their pets for various reasons.

All the dogs are fully vaccinated and are given an assessment to check they have a suitable temperament.

The charity says many people in care can benefit from the companionship and affection of an undemanding pet.

The charity was founded in 1983 and has 3,500 visiting dogs and 90 cats at work in the UK.

Since it began, more than 18,000 dogs have been registered with the scheme.

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