Lottery helps pet owners

On behalf of vet charity the PDSA, which has visited Northumberland with our PetWise tour, I would like to say a huge thank you to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Friday, 25th January 2019, 12:00 pm

We have received fantastic support from players over the past 12 months.

It was on November 17, 1917, that Maria Dickin first set up a dispensary for sick animals in London’s East End. Over the years our work spread in response to public demand and the PDSA now operates 48 Pet Hospitals across the UK, supported by around 120 charity shops and a dedicated army of volunteers.

Over the past 12 months support from the People’s Postcode Lottery has helped us to deliver projects that prevent illness and disease, and educate pet owners and children on how to care for animals.

In 2018 we educated more than 64,000 children through our PetWise Schools programme, completed 331 school visits, equipping the next generation of pet owners with the skills they need to provide the five welfare needs for pets, and launched our £250,000 PetWise Mobile Unit, with two consulting rooms, oxygen facilities, moveable seating, a widescreen TV and iPads, which can be used to carry out minor operations, host vaccination clinics, school lessons and pet first aid classes.

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We also carried out more than 5,000 free PetWise MOT’s across 151 locations, microchipped 436 pets and clipped the nails of over 850 pets on our three PetWise vehicles, and equipped 838 pet owners with general pet health advice.

So much has already been achieved, but there is still more to be done.

In 2019, thanks to continued player support, we will be building on the legacy of these projects to continue to reach communities our Pet Hospitals, helping pets and equipping adults and children with the skills they need to be great pet owners.

In 2018, £116million was raised for good causes by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery – an incredible achievement.

On behalf of us at the PDSA, and all the pets we help, a huge thank you.

Rebecca Ashman

PDSA Veterinary Campaigns Manager