Pets belonging to London's homeless community are getting a health boost thanks to a volunteer Blue Cross vet.
Jade Statt wanted to help the pets on London’s streets and Blue Cross provides her with pain relief medication, antibiotics and preventative treatment - including flea and worm protection. Pets she treats are registered as Blue Cross patients and referred to our Victoria animal hospital if any further vet care is needed.
Gary Spall and his dog Lola sell the Big Issue on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Neal Street in Covent Garden. Jade checks on Lola as part of her regular rounds and offers pain relief to help her arthritis.
Gary is devoted to Lola and said: “I don't know what I'd do without her. It'd break me if I ever lost her”.
Jade also microchips pets to improve the chances of them being reunited with their owners if they become lost. Microchipping dogs is now compulsory by law and owners can risky a heavy fine if their pet is not microchipped.
Mark Bossley, Chief Vet at Blue Cross Victoria in central London, said: “We are delighted to support Jade in helping the pets of homeless people in London.