Lets see what has been said about Critter Assisted Therapy in the media – initially Critterish Allsorts
Critterish Allsorts’ animal assisted therapy work – now known as Critter Assisted Therapy – has seen much media coverage over the last 2 years, all over the world. It has been featured in animal magazines both here and on the continent, and in the national newspapers. It has been discussed in detail and at length on American Radio, and has been featured in mental health journals. Below we feature the best of them.
More Critter Assisted Therapy in the media features are planned in the future, including an invisible illness magazine, two popular science magazines, an holistic therapies magazine, an Italian fashion magazine and a National Geographic book about amazing animals.
In addition we have also featured in Dr Daniel Allen’s book “The Nature Magpie” and had our therapy skunk, Stoosh, feature in national newspapers and magazines. Dr Allen is founder of animal welfare organisation “Pet Nation”
October 2012 – Practical Reptile Keeping (UK)
Our work featured in a 3 page article in this hobbyist magazine, and discussed using reptiles as therapy animals. We are thought to be the only company in the UK using reptiles extensively in pet therapy sessions.
November 2012 – N.A.C. Magazine (Europe – France)
Following on from the Practical Reptile Keeping feature, we were approached by a French based magazine putting together their very first edition, who wanted to also do a feature on our pet therapy work.
What followed was not only a SEVEN page feature on our work, but we also managed to make the front cover of the very first edition of a brand new animal magazine. This is Dan, with our boa constrictor Connie (a very popular animal at our therapy sessions).
April 2013 – Voice America Radio (U.S.A.)
Following an exchange on Twitter we were asked by “Our Wild World” show host, and founder of conservation organisation “The WildIze Foundation” – Eli Weiss – if we would like to appear on her U.S. radio talk show. Naturally we were delighted !!
The one hour show features Dale Preece-Kelly in conversation with Eli, for an hour. During the show, Dale and Eli discussed the animal assisted therapy work of Critterish Allsorts.
To hear the show in full, then please click on the picture above, to be redirected to the station’s website
August 2013 – Mental Health Today (U.K.)
Mental Health Today is a journal for mental health professionals, to both improve the services they offer and keep up to date with new developments in treating mental health disorders.
We were asked to submit a feature for the magazine, superbly written by Dr Daniel Allen, with regard to using animals in pet therapy, that were different to the “usual” therapy animal.
To download the article in full, please click the link below :
September 2013 – Voice America Radio (U.S.A.)
Following the show we did in April, host Eli Weiss, kept a close eye on our progress and when we launched Critter Assisted Therapy, she invited me back on the show, to talk more about the human – animal relationship.
In a second one hour discussion we exchanged views on the animals we use, why they are chosen by clients, why they work so well, how we go about selecting animals for therapy and more. The link will stay active for a good length of time (several months).
January 2014 – Mental Health Today Magazine (UK)
In another article written by Dr Daniel Allen, for Mental Health Today Magazine – a journal for mental health professionals, to both improve the services they offer and keep up to date with new developments in treating mental health disorders – he explains how we use a wide variety of species in our animal assisted therapy work.
We are beginning to prove to the professional medical community, that it is not just dogs, cats and rabbits that have therapeutic value, but that other species also have their place. Every person is unique in their choice of therapy animal, and every animal is unique in terms of the qualities they have to offer those people that they work with.
CritterBoxTV – Episode on “Commuter Pet Therapy” for Virgin Trains
In 2012, we worked with Virgin Trains, to provide pet therapy for commuters, in their station concourse, at Stafford Railway Station. This was very successful and popular with commuters. During the second visit, we filmed some of the activity for our online TV channel “CritterBoxTV”.
August 2014 – BBC1 – BBCtv Documentary Series “Animal Saints & Sinners” Episode 14
In February 2014 the BBC visited Critterish Allsorts to film a feature piece for their upcoming, as yet unnamed, prime time Documentary Series about animals helping people. We were filmed on a day that we visited a care home in Stoke on Trent. This is the resulting piece – apologies for the quality, but it had to be filmed from the TV
4th February 2015 – Channel 5 – Channel 5 News
We were called into the Channel 5 News studios, as an expert in our field, to explain how animal assisted therapy works in light of a young girl who had been helped by her pet pony, after suffering a stroke. Stoosh & Dale travelled to the Channel 5 News studios in London City Centre to conduct the interview.
April 2015 – National Geographic Kids Magazine
August 2020 – Insider Times (Prison Newspaper)
This isn’t the first time since my last post, that our animal assisted therapy services have been featured in the media – we and our critters have featured in a number of magazines (such as Psychologies) and national newspapers (such as The Sun on Sunday), however I feel like this is an important article to share with you, due to the fact that we have been working in prisons weekly for the last 3 years.
Because of lockdown, we have not been able to work since March 2020 and it is unlikely that we will be allowed to recommence visits, until at least March 2021 (although this is governed by our clients – we are happy to return as soon as it is deemed safe to do so).