Velma’s Pets As Therapy Incorp. Assoc. is a registered charity with gift recipient status



This page is dedicated to Velma’s Pets As Therapy (registered charity).

Pets As Therapy Training School supports Velma’s Pets As Therapy (charity) visiting program.

Velma’s Pets As Therapy visiting program is a self-funded, registered charity that operates in NSW covering many locations between Wollongong and Newcastle, Australia.

Velma Violet Harris founded this program in April 1999 and it became a registered charity in 2007.  Each and every visit is closely monitored for quality control and visit reports are issued. Read Velma’s story telling how Honey, Velma’s darling poodle initiated the program. Go to:


Who Are Velma’s Pets and People volunteers?

Velma’s Pets As Therapy Visiting Volunteers Needed!

Arrange For Velma’s Pets As Therapy Visiting Program To Visit Your Clients Or Family Member

Some Velma’s Pets As Therapy Pics


Velma’s Pets As Therapy Visiting Volunteers

Are considered to be the most professionally trained pets as therapy visitors in NSW and possibly Australia. The pet handlers are extensively trained to use strict health and safety procedures and all pets are specifically placed for safe interaction with frail and/or challenged adults and children. 

Pets are veterinarian assessed for healthiness, temperament and if a dog specific obedience for pets as therapy. Pets are re-assessed each year.


Velma’s Pets As Therapy Visiting Volunteers Needed!

More visiting volunteers are needed in the following areas of NSW: Kogarah, Bankstown, Sydney Inner City, Sydney’s North Shore, The Hills districts, Hornsby and the Central Coast.

VPAT is always in need of people with access to a very friendly, well mannered pet to train in all the specific aspects of health and safety, to visit hospitals and nursing homes to raise the spirits and bring fun and friendship to challenged adults and children.

Volunteers should –

  • Have access to a healthy, friendly, well mannered pet that loves attention from strangers
  • Have reliable transport
  • Have a few hours per fortnight to visit health care facilities
  • Have a community spirit and enjoy talking with people from all walks of life
  • Be prepared to train for 2-3 months and learn new pet training skills and health, safety and professional procedures, to a professional standard
  • Be available for a minimum of 12 months after training to commit to VPAT
  • Be prepared to initially pay $55.00 for the volunteer annual membership (It costs VPAT an average of $950.00 to fully train a volunteer)

If this sounds like you contact VPAT for full details and a free pet assessment at: email:


Arrange For Velma’s Pets As Therapy Visiting Program To Visit Your Clients Or Family Member

VPAT is known to be the most professional pets as therapy program in NSW and probably Australia. Although mostly operated by volunteers all visiting volunteers are trained to a professional standard.

Velma’s Pets As Therapy has visiting volunteers in Sydney and all surrounding areas including Sutherland, Penrith, Hornsby, The Hills districts, Central Coast and Newcastle. 

The VPAT program has experience in visiting hospitals, nursing homes, respite programs, schools, group homes, individuals being supported in their homes and individuals in nursing homes. VPAT visitors are experienced in safely visiting frail, challenged and vulnerable people and children and people experiencing dementia using risk free specific safe interaction.

VPAT is mainly a self-funded program and request a donation of $95.00 per visit or $450.00 for 5 visits when paid in advance reducing the visit fee to $90.00 per visit saving $25.00.

If you are a health professional, or a family member or friend of a frail or challenged person or child or group; and would like details on the VPAT pets as therapy visiting program, please contact: 02 4322 4121 or 0432 578 210 or email: 


There's nothing as good as a cuddle from a furry friend!

Cats are a firm favourite


Pumpkin enjoying a quiet moment with a new friend

Who can resist a friendly bunny

People and pet visitors come in all shapes and sizes!