A group of trainee vets are appealing for donations to continue offering free veterinary care to pets belonging to homeless and vulnerable people in Nottingham.
Vets in the Community was launched in 2012 by the Dogs Trust and the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary medicine.
They provide health checks, vaccinations, micro-chipping and other treatments as well as food, coats, blankets, toys and other basic pet necessities.
Sarah Jankun, a fourth year veterinary student has set up a month-long crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the clinic.
She said: “Crowdfunding is so important to us because our clinic, including all of the medication and pet food that we provide to our clients, is funded by donations.
“We don’t have a regular income and so we rely on support from local people and businesses to help others within their own community who find themselves to be in a less fortunate position.”
The clinics are held every fortnight in the city centre and are primarily run by Vet students, with usually around 5-6 final year students offering care each session, under the watchful eye of experienced, qualified vets.
The campaign has already been going for a week and has so far raised £381, however if the group cannot raise £1,500 within a month, they will not be able to keep any of the money which has been donated so far.
Sarah, who is the President for Vets in the Community, is relying on their social media followers to spread the campaign as far and as wide as possible.
“Our clients rely on their pets for company, and many would give up a night in a warm bed before giving up their pet.
“That is why it is so important that our clinics continue, not only are we here to keep their furry friend healthy, but we are also a warm cup of tea, a slice of cake and an ear to listen when, more often than not, no one else will.”
If you would like to donate to the campaign, you can find the link here.