Festive vet appeal aids homeless pet owners

students-donate-for-the-homeless900x400Veterinary students and staff at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies have launched a festive initiative to help vulnerable people and their animals this Christmas.

The team is offering back packs filled with supplies such as warm winter clothes, first aid materials, basic toiletries, food items and pet supplies.

Students are gifting the back packs to visitors of the All4Paws veterinary clinic – a monthly drop-in where homeless people can access veterinary care for their pets.

Gift bags were also being delivered to Social Bite Supper events around the city.

Professor Susan Rhind, director of veterinary teaching at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said: “This is a tremendous student-led project to support those less fortunate and their pets. We are proud of their inspiring kindness and pro-activity. This is an excellent example of the entire Vet School community coming together to think of others during the festive period.”

The back packs were donated by pet food supplier Royal Canin and filled with donations from staff and students at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

A total of 62 backpacks have been delivered, containing items for both men and women.

The drive is the brainchild of Jamie-Leigh Thompson, a final year student at the vet school who has contributed to similar projects in previous years.

Jamie-Leigh said: “I just wanted to try something that will help pet owners in need. The enthusiasm of the school and generosity has completely astonished me.”

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