Recently, 86 vet students tackled the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge – climbing 2,388 feet and walking 23 miles – to raise money for a Trusty Paws Clinic, which plans to offer treatment to dogs with homeless owners in Liverpool.
To date, the students have managed to raise a phenomenal £6,290; a figure that exceeds their initial target of £5,000. Hitting the target means that the students will be able to push ahead with their plans to open the Liverpool clinic and provide dogs with vaccinations, flea and worm treatment and bedding.
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Talking about why students plan to open the clinic, Freya, PR Officer for the Liverpool Trusty Paws Clinic, said: “The relationship between a dog and its owner can be very special, especially when you’re vulnerable or living on the streets.
“However, looking after your pets in these circumstances can be very difficult – a lot of homeless people don’t qualify for care from the major animal charities. The clinics help keep the dogs healthy and provide the people with some friendly interaction and a chance for a chat.”
Having hit their fundraising target, the students plan to open the clinic in December and become a registered charity. The students also hope to work with Care for the Paw, a local charity, and set up outreach trips to encourage owners to visit the clinic.
The students are still accepting donations via their Just Giving page. If you choose to donate, here’s what your money could buy:
- £5 – Disinfectant, which allows the students to prevent the spread of infection in clinics
- £10 – Will buy a grooming kit, which will help keep the dogs looking smart
- £20 – Will buy microchip implanters and microchips