StreetVet launch Christmas cards to support pets and their owners experiencing homelessness

Sustainable small paper brand lil wabbit has collaborated with StreetVet, to design an exclusive range of Christmas cards, gift tags and wrapping paper that will support the charity’s work with pets and owners experiencing homelessness, all year round.

StreetVet offers free accessible vet care to pets belonging to those experiencing homelessness and has recently launched a hostel accreditation scheme, to increase the number of pet friendly hostels nationwide.

The eight cards feature portraits of some of the charity’s registered patients from across the UK. Hand painted by Georgi Doig who founded lil wabbit in 2020, each card details the story of a pet patient supported by StreetVet’s care. The festive portraits are sustainably printed on cards, wrapping paper and gift tags, with 50% of all profit going towards StreetVet.

Funds raised by the sale of lil wabbit x StreetVet Christmas products will support essential veterinary care for these pets. A bundle of StreetVet cards will cover a pet’s vaccinations and a variety pack of gift tags keeps a pet free from fleas and worms. The hostel scheme, launched by the charity in 2020, aims to increase the opportunity for people experiencing homelessness to be housed with their pets.

The pets featured include Spy, Rocco, Loki, Valentine, Belle, Alfie, TyTy and Saba. Belle, for instance, suffered life threatening injuries when she was hit by a train, but with the support and free veterinary care offered by StreetVet, is now fully recovered and reunited with her owner. Rocco also received emergency surgery after suffering a severe stick injury in his local park, even staying overnight in the nurses’ beds to ease his separation anxiety.

Jade Statt, StreetVet co-founder and Clinical Director, said: ‘‘We completely adore Georgi’s designs, they tell the story of our clients in such a warm way and we hope people fall in love with them as much as we did. Having the support of lil wabbit’s sales will mean we can help more clients this winter, one of the toughest periods for those experiencing homelessness, so we are incredibly grateful.”

Georgi Doig, founder of lil wabbit also said, “We are thrilled to be able to support such an  amazing cause over this Christmas period. I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to paint each animal and learn about their unique stories, and I hope the  sales of the cards and tags can make a real contribution to the vital work StreetVet do.”

lil wabbit’s StreetVet Christmas collection is available online at lilwabbit.co.uk, Etsy and in 15 stores across the country including Kapada Vintage, Swindon, Yard Market, Godalming and Hisbe Supermarkets, Sussex. Cards come in quantities of 1, 4, or 8 and the Ultimate Christmas Bundle includes all three products, with 50% of each sale going towards the critical work StreetVet does including the StreetVet Accredited Hostel Scheme.

StreetVet’s Accredited Hostel scheme enables those experiencing homelessness to avoid the choice between securing accommodation and staying with their pets.

With only 10% of hostels accepting pets in the UK, the scheme offers hostels training, free 24-hour emergency phone number, pet provisions, and other crucial support services.

Prices range from £1 for single cards to £30 for bundles.