The PDSA is celebrating getting £500,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Scottish Olympic curling skipper David Murdoch and his cocker spaniel, Mr Darcy, were on hand to help the charity celebrate the funding boost, which was announced at Inverleith Park in Edinburgh
Last year more than 470,000 pet owners turned to PDSA for help to care for their animal, a figure that has risen by more than 50% in recent years.
It costs more than £60m a year to run the charitable service, all of which is funded by public support.
PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin said the money would make a massive difference to pets’ lives.
“Through our network of 50 pet hospitals and our education work in schools and in communities we’re able to touch the lives of more pets than any other UK animal charity,” he said.
“Every single day our amazing team of vets and nurses work flat out to deliver not just life-saving treatment, but also vital advice and preventive care that gives all pets the chance of healthy, happy lives.”
Hazel Johnstone, trusts manager at People’s Postcode Lottery added: “People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery raising funds for, and increasing awareness of, charities and good causes.
“Pets are a huge part of people’s lives and PDSA’s work is a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of pets and their owners in the city and communities nationwide.
“We are delighted that our players are able to provide this support to PDSA, the UK’s leading veterinary charity, to help its vital work.”