The veterinary community has thrown its support behind a project aiming to provide veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless people in Glasgow.
Virbac is to provide the project, run by Glasgow student vets, with vaccines and parasite control products, while Royal Canin is also supplying marketing assistance.
Trusty Paws was set up last year by fourth year veterinary student Ruby Shorrock and a group of her fellow students to provide basic veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless people in Glasgow.
Working with organisations that help the homeless, the students provide monthly clinics during which they give free vaccinations and flea/worm treatments to animals owned by the homeless. They also microchip them and give out bedding, food and clothing for the dogs and their owners.
Virbac is providing a number of its vaccines, wormers and flea treatments, while Royal Canin will help Trusty Paws spread its good pet care message and encourage those in need to visit the clinic. It will also provide clinical diets to those pets in need of specialised nutrition.
Commenting on the work of Trusty Paws, Ms Shorrock said: “Glasgow is in desperate need of this service as there is very little in place to help homeless people with animals – not even a dog-friendly hostel.
“We provide preventive care for their dogs in a friendly environment where they can also have a warm drink, a sandwich and a chat.
“We rely on fundraising and donations to keep the clinics running and also fundraise to help any dogs with major health problems so they can be made more comfortable for their hard life on the city’s streets. “We are very grateful to both Virbac and Royal Canin for their generous support.”
Head of marketing (companion animal business unit) at Virbac Simon Boulton said: “In setting up Trusty Paws, Ruby and her colleagues are providing a vital service to animals in dire need of basic veterinary care.
“They are also extending the hand of friendship and support to homeless people in Glasgow, who already face a difficult life and value the unconditional love they get from their pet so highly.
“We were inspired by the fantastic work they are doing and are delighted to support them by donating our vaccines and parasite control products to them.”
Anyone wanting to support Trusty Paws is asked to contact them via its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/trustypaws