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03/11/2017 - We bring free pet care to Lawrence Weston


Bristol RSPCA & RSPCA National run free pop-up clinic in Lawrence Weston to help animals in need

RSPCA Bristol and Bristol Dogs and Cats Home – a local charity based in St Philips – teamed up with the National RSPCA recently to bring free pet care advice and veterinary health checks to Lawrence Weston – an area in Bristol identified as needing extra support to maintain the welfare of pets living in the community.

Vets, nurses and animal care workers from the charity hit the road from 18 to 24 October, knocking on doors to offer free pet MOT’s, vet treatment, and the opportunity to discuss any worries that pet owners had on their minds.

The pet MOT reviews the 5 welfare needs of an animal - these describe what owners should do for their furry friends to keep them healthy, and importantly, happy. The five welfare needs are: Environment; diet; behaviour; companionship and health. It is vital for all pets that they live in a suitable place, have the right amount and type of food, are allowed to exhibit normal and natural behaviour, that they have suitable companionship, and are kept healthy with regular veterinary care.

Vet nurses completed the pet MOT’s for each animal they met, and came up with top action points for the owners to help them to improve the lives of their animals.

As well as the pet MOT’s, the charity offered free flea and worm treatments both in people’s homes and at the pop-up clinic based at the youth centre run by local community organisation Ambition Lawrence Weston. Local residents also benefited from a free microchipping service and veterinary consultations, and were able to book their pets in for completely free neutering at a later date at the RSPCA Bristol Clinic in St Philips.

Over the week the RSPCA team booked in 62 pet neuters, and performed 82 pet MOT’s. As well as this, 37 animals were microchipped, 108 animals received flea treatment and 117 animals were wormed.

Mandy Stone, the charity’s Veterinary Manager said:

“The primary purpose of this event was to help people in Lawrence Weston access essential veterinary advice and treatment for their pets, particular those pet owners where cost and transport issues were a barrier. Our services in Lawrence Weston were well received, and we were delighted to meet and treat so many dogs, cats and rabbits from the local community.

“Microchipping 37 animals means that should these pets ever be lost, reuniting them with their owners now won’t be a problem. Arranging 62 animal neuters will also prevent future unwanted pregnancies as well as a large range of other health and welfare benefits to the individual animals.

“We ran this week as a pilot to help assess the need in the area for low-cost services. We are grateful to the local people for helping us to collect data to inform planning of new RSPCA Bristol outreach services going forwards, and we very much hope to be coming back to Lawrence Weston soon, to offer more support.

“We would like to thank Ambition Lawrence Weston for their help throughout the event, and the National RSPCA inspectors who assisted us throughout our time in Lawrence Weston.”

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