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  • Welcome to

    Stroke Rehab Dogs

    "... Animals are such agreeable friends- they ask no questions, they pass no criticism..." George Eliot​

  • Welcome to

    Stroke Rehab Dogs

    ​​ ​"All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers, is contained in the dog." ​Franz Kafka

  • Welcome to

    Stroke Rehab Dogs

    “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” —Roger Caras

Our Vision

To provide innovative and motivating therapeutic opportunities for stroke survivors of all ages and backgrounds who have specific rehabilitation goals and who would benefit from the beneficial effects of working with companion animals.

Professional Referrals

Stroke Rehab Dogs offers highly innovative and motivating therapeutic opportunities for stroke survivors to incorporate a companion animal into their rehabilitation treatment programme. Based on the power of the human–animal bond, this intervention can be utilised by Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is defined as a "goal directed intervention where there is a specific therapeutic end in mind, such as improvement of language skills, increased attention span or to increase awareness of sensation and body position where the animal plays a key role in meeting the specific criteria." (Gammonley et al., & The Delta Society 1997).​

Improving Functional Performance

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) can be utilised to facilitate improvements in the five functional domains; physical health, emotional health, psychosocial health, cognitive function and communication skills.

"My mother Bapsy suffered a catastrophic stroke in August 2014. The only intervention that has been an unequivocal success has been the pet assisted therapy. The bond between her and the animals is like no other and similarly her participation and level of engagement are unparalleled. My heartfelt thanks go to Sallie Bollans (Stroke Rehab Dogs), the Ruth Winston centre that hosts us, our volunteers and the therapy dogs."

Farhad Cooper

"I have been working in the stroke rehabilitation unit for the past four years, and in my experience stroke survivors respond well and engage better with Animal Assisted Therapy. Benefits noted are improvements in motivation and concentration. Many of our stroke patients also have speech difficulties and Animal Assisted Therapy can be of great help to improve communication skills and reduce anxiety​."

Dr. Karima Motam, Staff Grade doctor

"I found that Animal Assisted Therapy was an enjoyable and creative way to work with service users towards meeting their rehabilitation goals. I found if can be used in a number of ways, from encouraging function in an affected limb, to encouraging a service user to attend to a neglected side."

Jenny Salomon, Occupational Therapist

"I have found positive effects from using Animal Assisted Therapy with stroke patients; the benefits have included increased motivation and engagement in sessions; it can be utilised to aid postural control in sitting and standing and encourages attention to the affected side of the body"

Claudia Canova, Neurological Physiotherapist

“I worked with Sallie on a Stroke Rehab. Unit, when I was a practising Speech and Language Therapist. It was an eye-opening experience, seeing how stroke survivors benefited from Sallie’s knowledge and enthusiasm, achieving gains in their communication skills and enriching their quality of life. I wish Sallie much success with this life-enhancing project and would commend it to stroke survivors and their carers.”

Robin Goldsmith (former NHS Speech & Language Therapist)​​​

"Therapy with animals provides a fantastic opportunity for patients to work towards therapy goals in a way that is motivating, engaging and fun. The animals involved in the therapy sessions are gentle, patient and intuitively give the stroke survivor both the support and space they need to develop confidence in regaining skills."

Louise Lim, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist


Success stories from the point of view of the patients, their families and the professionals who referred them to us

Louise’s Testimonial

Louise describes her experiences

Ian’s Story

Ian is a 43-year-old gentleman from Enfield who experienced a significant Stroke in late 2014.

A Daughter’s experience

Pamela Cliff (patient) & Karen Pressland (daughter of patient) discuss how valuable our services have been in aiding Pamela’s Rehabilitation after she suffered a stroke back in March 2012