NOTTINGHAM STUDENT VETS WIN £5000 TO CARRY ON WORK WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE'S PETS
Under the heading 'Free veterinary service for homelss people's pets given $5,000 boost' David Pittam (Nottingham Post , Friday 9 February 2018) wrote:
Student vets who give free veterinary services to the homeless have received a £5,000 grant following a national competition.
Vets in the Community, a project run by students from the University of Nottingham, provides health checks, vaccinations and treatment to homeless people's animals.
They are one of more than 590 groups to receive money from the Aviva Community Fund.
Sarah Febry, the group's treasurer, said: “The award from the Aviva Community Fund means a lot to us.
“Walking through Nottingham and seeing how many dogs are living under sleeping bags highlights the need for the service, and it’s great to know we can offer the homeless community peace of mind and advise people on how to care for their pets.
“With this money, we can purchase important drugs and equipment that will mean we can work to ensure more dogs in the city of Nottingham are well cared for.
“We would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal on social media, voted for us, or helped spread the word.”
Set up in 2012, the group provides free veterinary care to pets belonging to homeless and vulnerably-housed people in the Nottingham area, operating form the Big Issue office on Carlton Road.
To date, they have treated over 700 animals – with up to 20 dogs per clinic, which run once every two weeks.
The money will cover running costs such as paying for medication and vaccines.
The insurance company Aviva runs a competition every year in which the public votes for charities which they think deserves the cash.
More than 6,500 groups entered this year and 5.5 million votes were cast.
The finalists were then selected and judges decided which groups should receive donations of £5,000, £10,000 and £25,000.
Tom Daniell, retail marketing director at Aviva said: “We are very happy to congratulate Vets in the Community on their win. It shows how much their community values the work that they do.
“All entrants had a compelling story to tell, but many also reveal how community groups desperately need funding to continue the vital work they do in their communities.”