Blue Cross is teaming up with a number of vet practices to offer discounted vet treatment for pet owners on a low income. From 1 February 2018, ST Stead in York, Icknield Veterinary Group in Luton and Seymour Vets in Torbay. The private practices will provide treatment and health check-ups on behalf of the charity for pets whose owners are on means-tested benefits.
Eligible pet owners should register now to avoid missing out. There is an annual registration fee of £22 per pet which includes the cost of vaccinations, microchipping where needed (now compulsory by law for dogs and recommended for cats), a health check and pet care advice. Treatment when pets become sick or injured is also provided on a contribution basis.
Reduced cost preventative care, including neutering and flea and worm treatments are also available at significantly reduced prices at the clinic.
Pet owners will initially be able to register one pet per household including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils. To check if they are eligible pet owners can visit bluecross.org.uk/eligibility for more details, the website also has opening times and catchment area postcodes for each area.
Richard Casey, Blue Cross Clinical Development Manager, said: “We are very excited about extending our suite of Pet Care Clinics to new areas of the UK. The four new locations join our current schemes in Derby and Cwmbran. We hope the new services reassure local pet owners on a low income that their pet can be treated if they become sick or are injured”.
Blue Cross receives no government funding and relies on the generous support of the public to continue its vital work. To find out more about the charity, to make a donation or to see pets currently needing a loving new home please visit www.bluecross.org.uk
Notes to Editors
• Blue Cross is a national charity that has been helping sick, injured, abandoned and homeless pets for over 120 years. We help thousands of pets in need every month by providing veterinary care, expert behaviour help and find them loving homes. We also offer education for current and future pet owners plus pet bereavement support for those who have lost their pet companion. Pets help us in so many ways and they depend entirely on us, with your support we can give back to more pets in need. Pets change lives. We change theirs.
• For more information visit bluecross.org.uk
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