We are proud to announce that Street Vet has come to Cornwall! This service is in great demand here, with Cornwall having the 9th highest population of homeless people in the UK. Rachel, our Cornwall lead, and her 10 committee members have loads of great ideas and have made an encouraging start.
As Cornwall covers a much larger area than just one city, this location will be run slightly differently to the ones already established. Once fully up and running, we hope to be working in up to 6 locations across Cornwall. Our St Austell and Newquay locations are already underway. Truro and Penzance will be running by Christmas 2018 and in the New Year we will be adding Camborne/Redruth and Liskeard/Bude to our network.
We can be found in outreach centres, such as food banks and hostels, local to each location. We will also have team members taking part in walkabouts to try and build relationships with those who may not have the confidence or ability to seek our help in the outreach centres.
On Saturday mornings from 10am you can find us at: Cosgarne Hall, St Austell
On Tuesday 30th we held our first outreach in Newquay. We were overwhelmed by the turnout, when 7 dogs came to meet us. They were all checked over by our team of vets and nurses and have appointments to return soon.
Our first outreach in St Austell was on Saturday 3rd November. Here we met the gorgeous Alfie who just LOVES balls! He was provided with a vaccination and a worming tablet. We look forward to seeing him again soon for his second vaccine.
We have also treated a lovely dog called Red who was brought to our attention by a member of the public. We would like to thank Redruth Veterinary Centre for seeing him for an examination. He has been treated for a hot spot on his skin and impacted anal glands.
We also have our very own Amazon wish list from which the public can purchase items as a donation to our Cornish patients. You can find the link here:
We have already received a huge amount of products from our wish list and would like to thank the following people for their generosity: Jared Atkinson, Nathan, Babs and everyone at the CHAOS Group, Maxine Mullen, Daniel Vohasek, Annette Cranstoun, Tracey Franey and Sean J Morgan.
We have also had an incredible response of over 70 vets and vet nurses in Cornwall who would like to pledge their skills to help us. Alongside this, we have had support from practices across Cornwall who would like to donate procedures and care. We would like to thank these practices for their early support – Regents Court (Penzance), Vets4Pets (Truro, Falmouth and Camborne), Kernow Veterinary Group, Cornwall Animal Hospital (Redruth), CVETS (Emergency service based in Truro) and Hayle Veterinary Surgery.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity already shown by local businesses. We would like to thank The Last Chance Hotel for offering free accessible fostering to any dogs in need, Grippy Leads for their donation of numerous collars and leads, Sally Meredith at Freckles Pet Goodies Launceston for a huge bundle of items and The Cornish Dog, Hattie and her dog Woody, for offering free professional photography and publicity through their blog.
We will also be taking part in the Street Vet shoebox appeal in the run up to Christmas. The public can fill a shoebox with presents or donate a card and gift voucher. We will then deliver them to a homeless person and their dog this festive season. We have two drop off points for donations including:
- Pelyn Veterinary Group, 8 Kings Avenue, St.Austell, PL25 4TT
- Hayle Veterinary Surgery, 84 Commercial Rd, Hayle, TR27 4DH