An organisation that provides veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless or vulnerably housed owners has benefited from a resources boost, thanks to additional donations from Virbac.

Trusty Paws
Trusty Paws secretary Kirsty Fingland (left) during a clinic with volunteer vet Lisa Marshall.

The pharmaceutical company has supported not-for-profit organisation Trusty Paws since its inception, and has now supplied additional quantities of vaccines and spot-on flea treatments, including the Canixin vaccine, its Milpro wormer and Effipro spot-on flea treatment.

Student clinics

Trusty Paws was launched in 2014 by University of Glasgow student Ruby Shorrock, who was inspired to start the project after hearing about a similar clinic run by The University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.

Monthly clinics are supervised by veterinary students and see dogs given free vaccinations and flea and worm treatments. They are also microchipped if required, while bedding, food and clothing is also given to dogs and owners alike.

The organisation has recently expanded to offer a similar service in London with the support of students from the RVC.

Extended scope

Simon Boulton, head of marketing (companion animal business unit) at Virbac, said: “Trusty Paws offers a vital service to animals that live a difficult life, but provide much-needed companionship to their owners. We are delighted to continue to support Trusty Paws in providing veterinary care to these deserving animals.”

Dr Shorrock, who now works in private practice, but remains a trustee of Trust paws, said: “Since we launched Trusty Paws, the need for the service we offer has become increasingly obvious and we are working to extend the scope of what we provide to meet the welfare needs of the animals of the homeless in Glasgow. Virbac has been with us since the early days and we are very grateful for its continued generous support for our work.”

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