03 Oct RSPCA North Wilts Treat Over 70 Local Pets
An animal welfare initiative organised by the local North Wiltshire branch of the RSPCA in partnership with Thameswood Vets was held on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of October in Penhill. The campaign aimed to target disadvantaged members of the community in helping to educate and support them with the healthcare needs of their pets. More than seventy local residents and their four legged friends showed up over the two days to avail themselves of the free health checks, flea and tick treatments, and discounted neuter vouchers that were on offer.
Ex chief veterinary officer for the RSPCA and now trustee of RSPCA North Wiltshire Chris Laurence was present on both of the days providing information and offering advice. Chris tells us “The Branch committee were conscious that many families struggle to provide all their pets’ needs because of the expense. We were very pleased to be able to offer advice on treatment of minor problems as well as free and subsidised neutering and flea and worm remedies for the dogs, all services that many of the residents would have otherwise not been in a position to afford.”
Local residents like Mary who came along with her little dog Nala were very grateful to be given one of the £5 spay and neuter vouchers that were offered to those on government benefits. Mary, who has been receiving treatment for cancer had been having a difficult time. Although she had been saving up to get her dog spayed she explained that on her £160 a week pension she hadn’t yet been able to afford the treatment which normally costs anything up to £280.
Chris says “It was clear from the two days that owners really care about their dogs’ welfare and do their very best to make sure they have a good life. We hope that the Branch’s help will enable them to be even more knowledgeable and caring.”
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