England: DOTS – Helping Dogs With Homeless Owners Get Full Veterinary Care.


SAV Comment-

A really great start to 2018 – helping dogs with homeless owners – full checks for their animal buddies !

In the UK stray dogs are not really a problem.  Chipping is now a regulation and so  dogs are usually reunited with owners within hours if they are separated. 

This excellent charity has been set up to help dogs who have owners who are homeless and live on the streets.  Lots of street people have animals; and this ensures that dogs etc get a review and check up if they need it. Excellent !



DOTS = Dogs On The Streets.


Dogs On The Streets (DOTS) is on the road to helping even more animals in need, thanks to a new vet van.

The acquisition means the charity’s volunteer vets, groomers, nurses and trainers will be able to reach out to even more homeless hounds in London and beyond.

Founded by Michelle Clark in March 2017, DOTS is the first not-for-profit, independent and voluntary run “street project″ delivering ongoing vet support to London’s homeless community, it said.

Street scene

Static street stations manned by volunteer vets, nurses, groomers and trainers provide a lifeline to homeless people and their pets.

Routine veterinary check-ups, blood tests and biopsies can be conducted in the van, in addition to the provision of medicine and ongoing care for chronic conditions.

Volunteers are also on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency.

Vital care is already provided to more than 140 street dogs living in Westminster, Camden, Shoreditch, parts of north London and Kent via the charity.

New era

The vet van was unveiled at one of the charity′s weekly “static street station” events on The Strand in December.

Actor and animal welfare campaigner Peter Egan was on hand to officially declare the vet van open.

DOTS director Michelle Clark is thrilled with the donated van. She said: “It will give us the opportunity to help many more homeless owners and their dogs – not only in London, but further afield.

“It will make treatment and diagnosis easier, with the best vet equipment, refrigeration, kennel and extra space to help us work more efficiently – and, in the event of an emergency, have wheels.”

The charity also supplies homeless owners with essential items, such as dog food, dog coats, bedding, collars, leads and toys.

For more information, visit the DOTS website

Gallery – http://dotslondon.co.uk/gallery/ 








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