The Petplan Charitable Trust has donated £18,000 to StreetVet, an organisation that brings veterinary support to dogs owned by the homeless.
Streetvet was founded by Jade Statt. Now the charity’s CEO, she qualified from Glasgow in 2002. While Statt was in practice in London, she was struck by the number of homeless people with dogs. So, she decided to do something to support their health and welfare.
Although PDSA, Blue Cross and many others offer help, homeless people are often reluctant to use their services. They fear that the animals may be taken from them.
Statt began by going round London with a nurse and a backpack and providing some basic veterinary welfare and health management. She met up with fellow vet, Sam Joseph, who had started doing similar work in 2015 whilst still a student at Bristol Veterinary School. They joined forces and formed StreetVet.
Unlike other organisations engaged in similar work, StreetVet is entirely veterinary-led and has been professionally organized. Altogether, PPCT has awarded £18,000 to the charity to help it continue its work.
“StreetVet have been overwhelmed by the support provided by the Petplan Charitable Trust. The guidance and mentorship, alongside incredible financial help, has been game-changing for us and we are beyond grateful!” says Statt.