Homelessness has reached crisis levels across the UK and Ireland. And for many homeless individuals, a pet is often their closest friend, their only family and a great source of comfort. But when you’re homeless, veterinary care for your pet is the last thing that you can afford.
This is where StreetVet comes in and that’s why we’re delighted to be supporting this fantastic cause this Christmas.
StreetVet was born in 2016, inspired by the incredible bond between a homeless man and his dog. The bond between many homeless people and their dogs is profound, such that their pets’ wellbeing is a life-shaping priority.
StreetVet vets and nurses, working with outreach organisations, are out in multiple communities weekly, providing free veterinary care and support to homeless people and their pets, thanks to an ever-increasing number of volunteers and support from concerned people and organisations.
Since inception, they have helped care for over 600 street dogs (some cats and rabbits too!); they have vaccinated and microchipped; treated for fleas and protected against lungworm; prescribed pain relief and helped fight infections; performed surgeries; and sometimes just sat and listened.
Instead of sending out traditional Christmas cards this year, we have made a donation to Street Vet and will be sending StreetVet e-cards to our valued clients and colleagues.
Can you too help StreetVet?
StreetVet have Christmas Donation Stations in nominated veterinary practices in their active cities. If you would like to support a dog/cat (even a rabbit!) and their owner during this difficult time of year, please consider donating a Christmas pet toy or gift voucher. Your support will be valued more than you can imagine.
Without essential funds for supplies and medicines, StreetVet cannot carry out their essential work. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, you can do so securely today on their website. If you work for a veterinary organisation, perhaps you could also donate much needed supplies?
Why not organise an event in your local community to raise funds for StreetVet?
Without dedicated volunteers, StreetVet cannot expand their ability to provide their fantastic and are always on the lookout to recruit new volunteer vets and RVNs. If you would like to do your part to help the homeless community and their pets, do get in touch with the StreetVet Team.
If you’re looking to purchase anything through Amazon, your purchases could benefit StreetVet through the Amazon Wishlist programme. Click here to find out more.