A Glasgow vet will be recognised with a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords, honouring her work to help homeless people and their dogs.

Ruby Shorrock
Ruby Shorrock. Image © Karen Gordon.

Ruby Shorrock, originally from Derby, studied to become a vet in Glasgow and works at the city’s Pets’n’Vets practice.

As a student she became aware of the challenges faced by homeless pet owners and, while researching, discovered no homeless hostels in Glasgow would take people with dogs.

Free veterinary advice

She was inspired to found the Trusty Paws Clinic to offer free veterinary advice and treatment for dogs owned by those living rough or in temporary housing. After finding out about a similar scheme run by student vets in Nottingham, Dr Shorrock gathered some vet student friends together to help her set up clinics in Glasgow.

In the two years since the first clinic – The Simon Community – opened its doors in Glasgow, Dr Shorrock and her friends, who continue as trustees of Trusty Paws, have provided treatment to countless dogs from the homeless community, from vaccinations and neutering to de-worming and help with skin conditions and infections – all at no charge.

More clinics

Since qualifying and taking up posts with veterinary practices, the team has recruited additional students to help staff the clinics, while continuing to be involved in day-to-day work and being trustees.

Following its success, Dr Shorrock has started offering similar clinics for homeless people and their dogs in London, at the West London Mission in Marylebone.

The award will be presented at IFAW’s Animal Action Awards, hosted by Baroness Gale and presented by TV star Bill Oddie, at the House of Lords on 18 October.

 

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