Gamblers vote to help vulnerable pets
by Andrew Wilkinson
A new initiative has been launched to help protect pets in the UK who are at risk of exposure to some deadly diseases, and it’s all thanks to players of one of Britain’s fastest growing lotteries.
British charity PDSA has received £550,000 of funding from the UK based People’s Postcode Lottery and intends to use it’s new found wealth to protect animals throughout the UK from preventable illnesses such as parvovirus and feline leukemia. PDSA currently treat thousands of animals every day through its UK network of 51 pet hospitals.
Sean Wensley, PDSA senior vet, expressed his gratitude to the thousands of clients and supporters who got behind the charity to register their vote to help the charity to carry out its work,“We are thrilled to secure this important funding.”
“It has only been made possible thanks to the amazing support of people from all over the country. We’re extremely grateful to everybody who took the time to vote for us and also to the People’s Postcode Trust for giving us the opportunity to be part of such a great initiative.”
“Our research has revealed that millions of pets could die needlessly from preventable diseases over the next ten years. This is not an acceptable scenario for us and we want to do all we can to avoid this.”
“The prize money will enable us to make a massive difference to the lives of thousands of pets. It will be used to deliver life-saving care packages, including full health MOTs for pets and guidance on vaccinations, neutering and micro-chipping.”
Founded in 1917 by animal welfare pioneer, Maria Dickin CBE, PDSA is the UK’s leading
veterinary charity. Operating through a UK-wide network of 51 Pet Hospitals and 380 Pet Practices (contracted private practices), PDSA provides free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need and promotes responsible pet ownership.
A further four charities also benefited from the Vote that Counts competition including: RNLI, MS Society, Childline and the Alzheimer’s Society, after securing runner-up prizes of £10,000 each, while a further £10,000 will be awarded to a local charity, with the winner announced next year.