STREET VET COMING TO PENZANCE

Streetvet began in 2016 when Jade Statt & Sam Joseph went out onto the streets with backpacks full of supplies to see if they could help the street dogs in their area. After realising just how great the need was, they launched a team of Streetvet volunteers. Since then the project has expanded to cover London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Cambridge, Plymouth, Southampton, Peterborough, Cheltenham, Cornwall and Glasgow teams are also in the process of getting started. Streetvet was officially made a registered charity on 12th January 2019 with the no: 1181527. In November they welcomed Paul O’Grady as their first Streetvet ambassador. Streetvet is an RCVS registered practice, made up of groups of volunteer RCVS registered Vets and Nurses. They volunteer their time to run the outreach sessions and provide free treatment to homeless animals living on the streets. They can provide everything from vaccinations, flea and worm treatment, microchips, health examinations, medical treatment and daily essentials such as food and bedding. Cornwall has the 9th largest homeless population of anywhere in the UK, so the need was great. Streetvet Cornwall launched in October, starting off at St Michaels Church in Newquay. This was shortly followed by sessions at Cosgarne Hall in St. Austell. Penzance launched on Sunday 13th January at 6pm at the Street Food Project near St Johns Hall. So far in Cornwall 14 dogs have been registered and have over 100 vets and nurses recruited. There are several more Cornwall locations which are due to launch soon including Camborne/Redruth and Truro. Several local practices have also donated their surgical and diagnostic services for free if Streetvet find an animal in need of surgery, hospitalisation or x-rays. Streetvet also took part in the Christmas shoebox appeal and were overwhelmed by the number of boxes donated, which included goodies for the dogs and their owners. These were distributed over the Christmas period. They will continue to organise fundraising events throughout the year ahead. Streetvet are really looking forward to getting to know the lovely group of volunteers at the Street Food Project and working alongside them to make a difference in our community. They feel that offering their service from a place that the homeless communities already have links with and feel safe attending would be a good starting place. Many homeless people have concerns that they may be judged or even have their pet taken away if they seek help from general practice or other official organisations. People still underestimate exactly how important animals are to a homeless people. They provide companionship, warmth, security, loyalty, friendship and a feeling of purpose. By ensuring the health and wellbeing of their pet, StreetVet can in turn give their owners peace of mind.

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