Our partnership with StreetVet was launched on World Homeless Day (October 10th 2017). This project provides a veterinary service for dogs of the homeless in the UK.
Homelessness is a growing problem and the bond between many homeless people and their dogs is profound. Vets Sam and Jade, who are the founders of this project, wanted to find a way to help them. Starting with a stethoscope and some flea/worming treatment, they began giving the dogs a check over and providing basic preventative healthcare. A framework has now been developed to provide a free, first opinion veterinary service for homeless people and their dogs.
Every week, vets within this team are out in the community medicating, vaccinating, blood sampling, urine analysis, lump sampling, microchipping and much more to help dogs and their owners that need support. When a dog needs more advanced treatment, they are taken to a practice to perform procedures including neutering, dental work, surgery, diagnostic imaging and even hydrotherapy. So far this project has treated many dogs across the UK and we’re proud to support this alongside our worldwide programmes to help this become the most comprehensive veterinary service possible for the homeless pet owners in the UK.
This is one of many new programmes launched, working alongside the soup kitchen run by Sussex Homeless Support. The volunteer team is growing fast, including a specialist cardiologist and ultrasonographer. The first hostel visit was carried out in January with all hostels now being contacted to include within this project.
Each outreach team is a registered veterinary practice with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. This ensures StreetVet are regulated, inspected and provide the best possible care to their patients.
Seamus Westwood and his six dogs have been supported by StreetVet Brighton. He is homeless and in his second remission from cancer. With his gorgeous canine family, he has been raising funds to help terminally ill children by walking around the coast of Britain.
Since launching in Bristol, StreetVet have provided lots of homeless owners with essential supplies and veterinary support for their pets. Many more locations are being developed, including StreetVet Essex in March 2018.
These lovely dogs both received veterinary care by StreetVet and Goddard Vet Group. Rain had surgery to remove a mammary mass and Kaiser was assessed for lameness. Both recovered well overnight and are now back with their owners.
Last Christmas, due to the kindness of many supporters, StreetVet were able to deliver lots of shoeboxes loaded with gifts to dogs and their homeless owners.