PDSA has unveiled a plaque at its headquarters that pays tribute to players of a charity lottery who have raised more than half a million pounds to help save pets.

PDSA’s Jan McLoughlin with Hazel Johnstone.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £625,000 for the UK’s leading vet charity in less than 18 months, helping deliver treatments and education programmes in pet hospitals, local communities and schools.

As an expression of the charity’s gratitude, the plaque has been unveiled at PDSA’s head office in Telford by Hazel Johnstone, trusts manager at People’s Postcode Lottery.

PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin said: “This plaque is a daily reminder to us all of the fantastic support we’ve been given.

“The funding is having a massive impact on pet welfare – both on the front line in our pet hospitals and through educating pet owners on what their animals need to stay healthy and happy.”

Thanks to lottery funds, PDSA’s community and education team has been able to work with local authorities and housing associations, and helped more than 60,000 children learn about pet care through school workshops.

The team also assessed the well-being of more than 4,000 dogs through pet well-being “MOTs” on-board two PDSA Pet Check vehicles. Thanks to the Pet Check programme, 1,400 dogs have been microchipped, making it far easier to reunite them should they become separated from their owners.

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