Students at The University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (RDSVS) have launched a festive initiative to help vulnerable people and their dogs this Christmas.
The Royal Dick Christmas bag appeal was launched by Jamie-Leigh Thomson and Rosie Herrington to help vulnerably housed people and their dogs by collecting bags filled by students and staff from RDSVS.
The gift bags contain a variety of items that will benefit the homeless and their dogs, such as warm clothing, stationary, hygiene items and food for the owners, as well as a collection of treats, leads and canine dental items for the dogs.
For many people, their dog is their best, and sometimes only, companion and these bags will make a small difference to both people and their pets over Christmas.
To help the appeal, Royal Canin donated backpacks that will be handed out at the December All4Paws clinic – a free pop-up vet clinic run by students from RDSVS for dogs of the homeless and vulnerable. A further bag hand-out will also take place at a Social Bite Supper event.
The appeal has raised huge support at the RDSVS and the success of this project will hopefully extend to further projects in the future.