The UK’s largest dog welfare charity has hired a new veterinary welfare officer to work specifically on its Hope Project, which helps homeless dogs and their owners.

As Dogs Trust receives more requests from hostels and day centres for a member of staff to talk to their clients about responsible dog ownership, Dogs Trust has hired VN Heather Cutmore.
 
Heather, a veterinary nurse with more than 10 years experience, will visit homelessness organisations to advise on dog related matters and give welfare talks to dog owners, which include a health check for their dog. These talks cover everything from neutering to preventative health care and basic first aid.
 
Heather will also be promoting the Dogs Trust Hope Project Veterinary Scheme, which provides free and subsidised veterinary treatment to any dog whose owner is homeless or in housing crisis. The scheme already runs in 101 towns and cities across the UK.  
 
Heather said: “I’m really excited about this new opportunity as homelessness is a real issue in the UK. For many homeless people, their dog is their main friend and companion so it’s great to be able to give owners support and guidance on the welfare of their dog.”
 
Heather and the Hope Project can also offer advice to hostels on accepting dogs, and talk to them about a range of issues such as veterinary care, hygiene, behaviour, Health and Safety and introducing a dog policy.
  
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