The PDSA is in the final stage of implementing its proposal to expand its charitable objects, which will allow the organisation to fulfil a wider range of charitable purposes.

The veterinary charity submitted its proposal to the Charity Commission in October 2011 and has since been working to finalise new wording within the legal framework with the relevant authorities.

The final part of the process is for the revised objects to be advertised for a month by the charity commission for comments and for the scheme enacting the changes to be presented in parliament.

The consultation period closes on August 25, after which time the scheme enacting the changes will be laid before parliament.

In expanding its objects, PDSA will have a wider remit from which to engage with more pet owners in need than previously possible.

Its expanded objects will allow it to:

  • provide veterinary treatment, both at a reduced cost and at no charge, for pet owners who live in poverty and cannot afford some or all of the charges.
  • undertake preventive work – for example, vaccinations, neutering, flea and worm treatment – whether free at reduced or full charge. At present, preventive work is carried out on a paid basis by PDSA’s trading subsidiary.
  • educate and support the wider pet owning public in all aspects of pet ownership. The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report – the largest ever assessment of pet well-being that PDSA produces in conjunction with YouGov – continues to highlight areas of concern in terms of the long-term health and welfare of companion animals.
  • carry out any other activities that advance animal welfare and are exclusively charitable.
Visit www.charitycommission.gov.uk to read the full terms of the proposed scheme.

For further information, contact PDSA at paw@pdsa.org.uk and be sure to include your name and contact details.
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