For The Love Of Dogs presenter and welfare campaigner Paul O’Grady has pledged his support to charity StreetVet, that provides free veterinary care for homeless pet owners across the UK.
StreetVet was established in 2017 by vets Jade Statt and Sam Joseph. The organisation provides veterinary treatment to pets living on the street that do not have access to care. They have treated 450 dogs, as well as 15 cats, with health checks, worming and flea treatment, vaccinations and surgical treatment when required. They rely on donations, volunteers and industry support to help keep homeless people and their pets together.
Paul decided he wanted to help StreetVet after joining volunteers as they tended to animals as part of his ITV show ‘For The Love Of Dogs‘. The episode will be aired on ITV at 8pm on Wednesday 21st November 2018.
He said, “When we were filming ‘For the Love of Dogs’ we went out on the streets with StreetVet to see firsthand what they do for the homeless and their pets. I was really impressed with the dedication of the team and want to support them to enable them to reach even more homeless people around the country.”
Paul has now agreed to be the ambassador for StreetVet, which is made up of more than 300 vets and nurses caring for pets in nine cities across the UK.
Co-founder Jade Statt said she was thrilled to have Paul’s support, “We were hoping to find someone who understands the bond between an owner and their dog and that person is Paul.
“To our homeless owners, their dog is their lifeline. Paul is known for his love of dogs and he completely grasps this relationship. Paul is warm and compassionate and can relate to people from all walks of life and cares deeply about human and animal welfare.
“That’s what StreetVet is about. We are humbled he’s agreed to work with us as an ambassador to make people aware of the homeless crisis and the struggles of our clients and their dogs.”
They have been nominated for the Animal Friends 100k Charity Giveaway and are awaiting confirmation of their charity status.
Jade said, “This is an incredible opportunity for StreetVet to be awarded enough funds to expand into more cities and help more animals.
“We’re faced with an increasing homeless population and we do all we can on limited resources, but this funding really would enable us to do so much more.”
You can vote at https://www.animalfriends.co.uk/100kcharitygiveaway/
You can find out more about StreetVet on their website www.streetvet.co.uk , or find them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.