We are Amanda and Jo, 2 small animal vet colleagues based in Cambridgeshire.
After seeing Jade in the Veterinary Times and learning about the work StreetVet was doing in London we thought it would be great to be able to provide the same service and care for the homeless we have seen on the streets of Cambridge.
One evening before Christmas we set out with a voluntary outreach group called Caring for Cambridgeshires homeless, armed with our stethoscopes and bags of dog supplies. The homeless we met were very grateful for the opportunity for their dog to have a health check and free advice and we were able to give out leads, collars, coats, food and treats to the dogs we met.
With the support of Jade, Sam and Gabe we set about starting up StreetVet Cambridge!
We have now received our rucksack of medical supplies and have set up regular sessions at Wintercomfort, a day centre for the homeless in Cambridge and we will continue doing outreach work alongside Caring for Cambridgeshires homeless. We are in the process of arranging sessions at Jimmy’s Shelter too.
We have been overwhelmed by the response and generosity of the public to the Christmas shoe box appeal and to our Amazon wishlist. Our enthusiastic and growing team of volunteer vets and nurses are raring to go!
Amanda & Jo