Local charity StreetVet has been awarded a special grant from one of the UK’s leading animal welfare charities, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London.
The funds granted by Battersea will support StreetVet’s work with pets belonging to those experiencing homelessness and enable the UK-based charity to increase the resources needed to further roll out their StreetVet accredited Hostel Scheme.
Jade Statt StreetVet co-founder and Clinical Director said “ With only 10 % of UK hostels accepting pets and homelessness post covid sadly on the rise, a scheme to make it easier for hostels to say yes to pets is so needed. We can’t thank Battersea enough for their ongoing support and belief in the work that we do “
Margaret Hulme, Grants Manager at Battersea added: “We hope that this grant will help make a real difference to the lives of animals. At Battersea we continue to develop strategic partnerships with organisations like StreetVet, not only by awarding funding, but also by sharing the experiences and knowledge we have gained as an animal welfare charity that has been rescuing and rehoming animals for 160 years.”
Battersea Grants is an initiative launched in 2019 that aims to support rescues and organisations like StreetVet by offering grants of between £3,000 and £30,000. This money will help organisations continue their great work with dogs and cats.
StreetVet’s hostel scheme has performed 5000 consultations, including 1043 dogs, 87 cats and 1 bearded dragon since it launched in 2016. With only 7% of pet owners experiencing homelessness willing to give up their pets in exchange for housing, Battersea’s funding will support StreetVet in their work to keep owners and pets together.