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Vets from Mayhew Animal Home take to the streets to help animals in need

PUBLISHED: 06:34 26 November 2016

Pick &Snip project is part of Mayhew Animal Home's outreach work

Pick &Snip project is part of Mayhew Animal Home's outreach work

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Vets from a Kensal Green animal charity have been out in the community giving help to vulnerable animals.

The Mayhew Animal Home’s vet team joined its animal welfare officers during their outreach project.

In just two weeks the officers helped 73 dogs and cats in need, providing preventative care such as neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, and flea and worming treatments

They included three dogs belonging to homeless people and three dogs that came from illegal breeders. The animals were neutered to prevent further sale of puppies to pet shops,

Zoe Edwards, Mayhew’s animal welfare manager, said: “At the Mayhew we strive to tackle the companion animal welfare crisis from every possible angle.

“That’s why we provide ongoing support to pet owners in difficulty, respond to animal welfare issues out in the community and deliver a range of initiatives.”

This includes the ‘Pick & Snip’ scheme to collect and neuter cats.

She said: We feel educating the public on animal welfare and the importance of responsible pet ownership is vital to ensuring that animals are not left abandoned or neglected.”

“The Vet team worked extremely hard to help us make an impact on helping some of the animals from our community projects by neutering and treating them for sickness and injury – we can’t thank them enough for doing such an amazing job.”

Dr. Ursula Goetz, head vet, said it was imperative to neuter pets to reduce risks of disease.

She added: “Over those two weeks we were dedicated to our Animal Welfare Officers’ community outreach projects and welfare cases, to help as many animals as possible as quickly as possible. This just goes to show how important the community outreach projects are and how many animals in need we can help and neuter from those projects alone. We treated and helped 73 dogs and cats in those two weeks, which is a great achievement and huge success.”

The Mayhew works with several organisations including The Salvation Army and Spitalfields Crypt Trust, which offer support to homeless people in the capital.

Officers are on hand to support and provide advice for homeless dog owners including free general health checks, microchipping and delivering the dogs food and coats.

The charity relies entirely on public donations. For #GivingTuesday this year, staff ask to support the work they do by making a text donation to TEXT29 £3, £5 or £10 to 70070.

Alternatively supporters can visit themayhew.org/donate/ or call 020 8206 5870.


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