We recently held a giveaway to win an Easter hamper and a £100 donation to a charity. After numerous entries, we had a lovely winner called Jen who nominated Street Vets.
When we asked Jen why she nominated Street Vets, she said:
“Street Vet do wonderful, truly altruistic work in the U.K. The companionship that people have with their pets is so special. Living on the street is an incredibly brave and difficult choice to make, and animal companions may be the reason these amazingly resilient people carry on. We all know that our pets are part of the family, and many people would do anything for their pet, but when you love that much but can’t afford help for your pet, the situation can be heartbreaking.
Street Vet fills that gap and keeps happy pets with loving owners. The work they do to make people (and pets) lives better, is something every person should witness and appreciate.”
After researching this charity, we realised how important this charity was and wanted to raise awareness of their life-changing work.
StreetVet was born in 2016, inspired by the incredible bond between a homeless man and his dog. Victims of the UK homelessness epidemic often have scant support, except for, in a growing number of cases, the companionship of their pets.
Some have had their pets since before losing their homes. Others had the responsibility of pet ownership thrust upon them. Irrespective, the bond between many homeless people and their dogs is profound, such that their pets’ wellbeing is a life-shaping priority. Now their ever increasing number of volunteers can help, by providing accessible fundamental vet care.
StreetVet vets and nurses, working with outreach organisations, are out in multiple communities weekly. Since inception they have helped care for over 1000 street dogs (some cats and rabbits!). 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.
This charity has made an incredible difference in so many lives, and it can’t be done without our help. If you are interested in donating or volunteering, we urge you to visit their page.