Since launching in December 2017, StreetVet Bristol has gone from strength to strength. What began as a small committee of 4 vets and 1 vet nurse, has now grown to a team of 26 vets and nurses. This number is growing every week, as the veterinary community in Bristol has responded enthusiastically to the call for volunteers.
We first began outreaching by walking the streets of Bristol every Saturday with a backpack of medication and a trolley full of blankets, coats, toys and food. We now outreach twice a week, as well as performing monthly visits to a local hostel to treat the 3 dogs and 1 cat that live there. In total we now have 27 registered patients.
On Saturdays we outreach alongside a group called Bristol Churches Together, who organise a soup run in St James Park. Then on Thursday evenings we have teamed up with a fantastic organisation called Help Bristol’s Homeless, who outreach in College Green every week.
We have a number of veterinary practices who have generously offered us their support. Bristol Animal Rescue Centre look after any patients that need emergency treatment overnight. So far they have taken wonderful care of both Molly and Roxy for us. As well as this, Emersons Green Vets have kindly offered to perform dental treatment for free on any of our patients that require it. Emersons Green Vets4Pets are planning a number of fundraisers and have also offered their services pro-bono if they are ever needed. Alexandra and Hillyfields Vets have also been very supportive from the beginning and have donated the proceeds of their Winter Raffle as well as numerous essential supplies such as food and toys.
None of what we have achieved so far would have been possible without the generosity of the public and StreetVet’s supporters. We have received so many generous donations through our Amazon Wishlist, including a Polaroid camera which we have been putting to good use.
We would also like to mention that we would be lost without the support and advice that we have received from the London team, especially Jade, Sam and Gabriel.