About the Trust
Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) was formed in 1994 by Patsy Bloom and David Simpson to provide much needed funds to promote the health and welfare of animals.
Whenever pet owners take out or renew their policy with Petplan, they are given the option of making a small annual donation (currently £2.50) to help fund this work. Policy holders are able to increase their annual donation if they wish to do so. We also welcome separate donations.
In this way, donors act as a major collective force for the wellbeing of animals. Modest individual donations, when added together, allow substantial grants to be made. To date, through the generosity of pet owners and animal lovers, the Trust has given 890 grants totalling over £11.5 million. Scroll down to find out more about the work we do. You can also discover more details about individual projects, here.
Over the past 25 years, the Petplan Charitable Trust has awarded grants of over £11.5 million, helping hundreds of different welfare organisations in the UK, and overseas. We have also endowed buildings to 5 university veterinary schools and funded the advancement of veterinary understanding and treatment.
On the welfare side, we have particularly supported rescue and rehoming, and neutering. It is sad that the problem of unwanted and stray animals is still something that we have deal with. All the organisations working in the field, whether they be large national charities or smaller local groups sustained by literally thousands of volunteers, need financial help in the wonderful work they do.
Diverse projects include greyhound rescue and Pets as Therapy
Greyhound rescue, for different reasons, is also an area that we have long recognised as one needing support. Our other focus has been in a variety of projects both large and small that underline the practical and supportive role that animals can bring to humans. We helped build a ménage for Ravenswood, a care village for children and adults with severe learning disabilities. The proximity to horses has been found to be calming and therapeutic for their residents. Other projects have included support for Pets as Therapy; a community vet nurse who visits those unable to bring their animals into a Blue Cross centre for treatment; and various pet fostering schemes.
The Trust’s work in supporting veterinary advancement is through the funding of clinical research. That is to say we only support work that involves the study of companion animals already undergoing treatment. We will not fund anything that involves even the slightest invasive treatment. We are strict and unwavering about this.
Helping vets in practice to offer better treatment and care
We try to favour studies that will potentially help vets in practice to treat and care for your animals better. Some of the areas we have concentrated on are arthritis in dogs, hypertension and kidney problems in cats, colic in horses and the all-important work in combating cancer particularly in cats and dogs.
Alongside this, we have also supported the veterinary schools with a number of capital grants to help with rebuilding and modernising their facilities. These have included support for a new wing to the Queen Mother Hospital at the Royal Veterinary College, London; the cancer unit at Cambridge University; the new small animal hospitals at Liverpool and Glasgow Veterinary Schools and the equine hospital at Edinburgh Veterinary School.