Our support of the Street Vet programme began 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 UK programme to help this become the most comprehensive veterinary service possible for the homeless pet owners in the UK.
In 2018, Phil Bradshaw and his dog Lucky who had received treatment through this project, embarked on an epic challenge to walk 2000 miles around the UK to help others receive the help he and Lucky had been given. Through their fundraising efforts we were able to donate £5,500 to the Street Vet programme and will be continuing our support through an annual fundraising challenge to help more homeless people and their dogs receive the support they need.