Street Paws promotes animal welfare and relieves the suffering of animals by providing free of charge veterinary care to animals owned by people who are homeless, vulnerably housed or other vulnerable groups severely affected by poverty.
Homelessness is sadly on the rise in the UK. The bond between a homeless person and their animal is very strong. Their animal is their whole world, give them a reason to carry on, and is often the only source of unconditional love. The health benefits are immense both mentally and physically and our aim is to support this bond to provide access to veterinary care for the homeless and vulnerable.
Founded in Newcastle in April 2016, Street Paws provide monthly outreach in the UK across 14 cities and towns, but we are continually expanding into new areas. We work with local groups and agents in the area to reach out in the local community. We are applying for registered charity status with the Charity Commission and expect this to be completed in March 2018. We routinely provide vaccinations, flea and worming treatments and microchipping.
We also fund treatments diagnosed by our veterinary surgeons for example eye and ear infections. We have funded surgical procedures and spaying at our supporting veterinary practices fundraising to cover the extra costs.
We work with other agencies supporting the homeless and will respond to any requests for help and advice. We provide food, coats, collars and leads at our outreach, and will respond to requests for food outside of normal outreach.
NEW SERVICE - Imagine not being able to take shelter in the winter as there is no hostles will accept your dog? Imagine not being able to seek medical attention as no one will care for your dog? We are delighted to be offering Kennel space for the Paws of the Homeless in Newcastle. Working with Cat and Dog Shelter Benton, we are able to provide free kennel respite strictly via referral to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to roll out the scheme in all our Outreach areas by the end of 2018.
We are an ever expanding team of over 130 veterinary professionals. We are also a growing team of fundraising volunteers who work hard to raise the funds needed to carry out our work. If you would like to volunteer with Street Paws please contact us via email to email@example.com
"For me Street Paws represents everything that is important about veterinary medicine. Preventing animal suffering whilst simultaneously supporting our clients and enhancing their quality of life through the improved health of their pets. The bond between a pet a vulnerably housed owner is so strong and often immeasurably important to that person. it's a privilege to be able to help to maintain that bond - Anna Formstone MRCVS
“When I know that, as a result of what I do, even one life breathing easier gives a meaning to my vocation and satisfaction to my heart” - Alison Hickman RVN
"The dogs mean everything to us and don't want to lose them as it will destroy all we believe in, we believe a dog is for life. What you are doing here means so much and is good for the dogs aswell. We have always been in a position to look after ourselves, but life has dealt us a bad hand and ended up where we are. Thank you all for helping our fur kids you are all angels" K+A
" I was worried about B and it wasnt time for outreach. I messaged Michelle and we arranged for B to go to the vets the very next day. I am so relieved that she is going to be ok " J
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