CVS has presented its charity of the year, Support Dogs, with a cheque for £39,000 following a year of fund-raising at its veterinary sites across the UK.

Barry Brackner and Rita Howson
CVS marketing and commercial director Barry Brackner and Support Dogs chief executive Rita Howson with Cass.

Support Dogs is a national charity dedicated to increasing the independence and quality of life for children and adults with some of the most challenging conditions.

CVS marketing and commercial director Barry Brackner said: “The help Support Dogs offers to adults and children suffering from a range of challenging conditions highlights the incredible value companion animals can add to people’s lives and, yet again, our colleagues astounded us with the variety of fund-raising feats they undertook.

“From our popular Bake Off competition at our support office, a trek along Hadrian’s Wall and countless open days and sponsored challenges, everyone at CVS really got behind Support Dogs this year and we were delighted to present the charity’s chief executive Rita Howson with a substantial cheque at our annual conference in Birmingham.”


The charity said training a puppy can take anything up to two years to complete and between 6 and 12 months for an adult dog.

Ms Howson said: “We were overwhelmed to receive such a fantastic donation from CVS and it will be spent putting two support dogs through rigorous training.”

She added: “I was struck by the passion shown by the team at CVS for our charity and how welcome they made me and my support dog ambassador, Cass, feel at their conference.

“We are deeply grateful for their support which will enable us to help many more families affected by autism, epilepsy or disability and who so desperately need our help.”

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