A vet is giving up his Christmas Eve to provide a free health check to homeless dogs in Norwich.

Elliott Simpson and Sarah Watts are gearing up for their festive mission.

Elliott Simpson from Westover Veterinary Centre in Norwich will treat up to 50 dogs on the streets in the area as well as paying a visit to canine residents at local homeless shelters.

He will be joined by RVN Sarah Watts, who also works at the practice. To support the initiative, Pedigree has donated 50 Pedigree DentaStix as festive treats.

Mr Simpson said: “Without wanting to sound cliché, Christmas is a time of giving, and I believe charity starts at home. We can all do our bit locally. As vets we are all too often accused of overcharging, ‘being in it for the enormous salary’, when the reality is that we are all in this job because of our fascination and appreciation of animals of all shapes and sizes, and we all do what we can to help them whenever we can. 

“It will be myself and a nurse attending Christmas Eve, and we plan to visit any dogs on the streets in Norwich, as well as one of the larger housing trusts within the city as a focal point. 

“I have been overwhelmed by the support Pedigree has offered. It quite simply couldn’t be happening without it.”

Jane Bingham, Pedigree communications manager, said: “It’s wonderful to hear Elliott is visiting the homeless people of Norwich to health-check their companions at Christmas time.

“It is our pleasure to donate Pedigree DentaStix to give the dogs a healthy treat. We think it’s a wonderful idea and such a thoughtful and worthwhile thing to do.”

If you’re inspired by Elliott’s work and would like to do the same in your area, contact jane.bingham@effem.com

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