Leading veterinary charity PDSA provides free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need and promotes responsible pet ownership.
The charity operates through a UK-wide network of 49 PetAid hospitals and nearly 380 PetAid practices (contracted private practices). In 2010 PDSA PetAid hospitals provided more than 2.3 million PDSA-funded treatments and sold more than 360,000 preventive treatments, such as vaccinations, neutering plus flea and worming products. In addition, more than 40,000 pets are registered for PDSA-funded veterinary care through PetAid practices.
PDSA PetAid hospitals also sell a range of preventive treatments for pets of eligible clients. These include neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, prescription diets, as well as flea and worm treatments.
The PDSA employs some 290 veterinary surgeons and about 640 nursing team staff members. The PDSA PetAid practice service is available in over 180 locations through nearly 380 participating private practices.
In 2011 delivery of PDSA PetAid services will cost around £54 million. The charity’s veterinary work is funded entirely by public support; mainly through gifts in wills, donations and trading. To access PDSA PetAid services, pet owners must be in receipt of either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit. Potential and existing clients can obtain more information on PDSA PetAid services by phoning 0800 731 2502 or by logging onto www.pdsa.org.uk.
In 2011 the landmark PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report was launched, which reveals that the health and welfare needs of ten million pets in the UK are not being properly met. A full copy of the Report is available at www.pdsa.org.uk/pawreport.
The PDSA runs around 180 shops UK-wide, selling donated and new items.
Over 5,000 volunteers donate their valuable time, skills and experience to helping PDSA, and the organisation holds the ’Investing in Volunteers’ quality standard.
If animal lovers would like to support PDSA in it’s work of caring for the sick and injured pets of the people in need, they can visit www.pdsa.org.uk/how-you-can-help to find out more information. People can also follow up on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pdsa) or Twitter www.twitter.com/pdsa_hq
The PDSA have a dedicated section of their website that people can visit to find out how to care for puppies and dogs by watching videos or downloading leaflets – www.pdsa.org.uk/dogs