The PDSA and RSPCA today announced that they are forging an exciting new partnership to help both pet owners and animals most in need.
This collaboration will ensure affordable veterinary care for thousands of struggling pet owners. It also aims to PDSA to become a key provider of critical care to some of the 60,000 animals a year rescued by the RSPCA from cruelty and neglect, enabling them to get lifesaving help faster.
The RSPCA has taken the decision to focus its expert veterinary services on supporting its frontline workers and treating more animals rescued from cruelty and neglect, and will therefore stop providing care subsidized public veterinarians.
PDSA, the veterinary charity for pets in need, has taken the decision to offer support to every registered pet owner at the four RSPCA sites, either by giving them access to its hospitals for pets or by providing alternative support through a £1million treatment fund from the two charities. .
PDSA chief executive Jan McLoughlin said:
“Collaborating with the RSPCA strengthens our position in the sector as a veterinary charity in the UK and brings us closer to our vision of a society in which no animal suffers poverty, at a time when people need it most.
“With household budgets stretched to breaking point, expanding the reach of our vital work means we can help even more pets in need and support those in financial difficulty who otherwise would not have. nowhere to turn.
“We are supported by the generosity of the pet-loving public and working in partnership with the RSPCA in carrying out their inspection work, where we have the capacity, allows donor money to go further. Amazing things can happen when charities work together, and the positive benefits of our work will impact pets, animals and people across the UK.”
RSPCA chief executive Chris Sherwood said:
“This is a powerful partnership helping both people and animals at a time when our services are needed more than ever due to the cost of living crisis.
“We are already seeing the devastating impact of the crisis with reports of abandoned animals up by almost a quarter, many of which involve animals with complex health conditions that will need specialist veterinary care before we can get them. find loving new homes.
“By working with PDSA, we can both focus on our strengths, our primary charitable goals, and ours is to save the thousands of animals who need it most, those who have no one else. “
In 2021 PSDA
- Delivered 1.8 million treatments
- More than 370,000 animals treated
- Saved the lives of 134,000 pets
- Provided over one million consultations (360,000 face-to-face and 660,000 remote)
- Treating 10 pets every minute at our 48 pet hospitals ¿ one pet every 6 seconds.
In 2021 RSPCA
- Received over a million calls to our cruelty line – one every 30 seconds
- Saved some 60,000 animals – more than 160 a day
- Investigation of 51,505 complaints of animal cruelty – nearly six per hour
- Found 4,000 pets a month loving new homes across our 16 animal centers and network of 145 branches across England and Wales
- Released 7,000 animals into the wild
- Obtained some 750 convictions for animal-related offences.
Change of ownership of Finsbury Park Animal Hospital
As part of the new collaboration, PDSA is proposed to acquire RSPCA Finsbury Park Animal Hospital in North London, expanding its network of pet hospitals from 48 to 49.
A new PDSA pet hospital in Finsbury Park would continue to provide excellent care for pets registered there, as well as animals rescued by the RSPCA.
Going forward, selected PDSA pet hospitals will treat some of the 60,000 animals rescued by the RSPCA each year, in places with the capacity to do so.
RSPCA Chief Veterinarian Caroline Allen said:
“RSPCA frontline rescue workers will be able to access more support from RSPCA vets in their difficult role, especially as the cost of living crisis intensifies and our help will be more and more necessary.
“Animals rescued from cruelty and neglect often have complex medical and behavioral needs. We will have increased capacity for more animals rescued by the RSPCA to be helped by our highly specialized veterinary teams.
“RSPCA veterinary teams will be able to help more animals in the community as we explore extending our outreach work, building on some of the excellent prevention programs already in place. This should help to keep animals with their families instead of coming into our care.
“We will continue to work with private vets and remain very grateful for all the help and support, especially during the current capacity challenges within the veterinary profession.”
How Birmingham, Manchester and Merthyr Tydfil will change
RSPCA sites in Birmingham, Manchester and clinics in Merthyr Tydfil will continue to treat animals rescued by frontline workers and support RSPCA branches and centres.
All pet owners who previously used RSPCA services in Birmingham and the majority who used Manchester will be eligible for veterinary service at their local PDSA pet hospital from November 2022. A small proportion of the public who do not cannot access PDSA pet hospitals, including those in Merthyr Tydfil, will have access to a £1million treatment fund. The two charities have jointly pledged to offer support for veterinary costs in these areas and are reaching out to those affected by the changes.
PDSA Oldham and Stockport services for RSPCA customers
In Oldham and Stockport, the new PDSA Pet Hospital catchment areas will be open only to currently registered RSPCA customers at first. Over time, PDSA will also open these postcodes to new registrations, so they can reach even more pets and owners in need.
PDSA plans to invest significantly in upgrading and refurbishing the Finsbury Park site and the Manchester Pet Wellbeing Centre. This will allow PDSA to reach and help even more struggling pet owners in the future.
PDSA Director of Veterinary Services, Richard Hooker, said:
This opportunity marks an exciting new chapter for the RSPCA and PDSA.
We made the decision to offer our support to pets and their owners who were receiving RSPCA subsidized care.
This collaboration brings us closer to our vision of a society in which no animal is denied veterinary care because its owner cannot afford it. It also underscores our belief that everyone, regardless of circumstance, has the right to experience the unconditional love and companionship of a pet.
This partnership strengthens the strategic focus of both charities, allowing us to both extend our reach and benefits – and ensure that every pound donated works harder.