Dogs On The Street (DOTS), the charity providing help for dogs belonging to the homeless community, has been given a boost to its funds in the form of a cheque for £3,000 from Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies).
Davies, the small animal referral practice based near Hitchin in Hertfordshire, raised the money for DOTS having nominated them as their charity of the year for 2020.
Dogs on the Street (DOTS) is a volunteer run, not-for-profit charity dedicated to the welfare of dogs belonging to the UK’s homeless community. DOTS operates mobile weekly street “stations’ across the UK offering food and dietary advice as well as providing accessories such as coats, bedding, collars and leads. DOTS creates pathways for owner rehabilitation to overcome many mental health issues, which can often only be achieved with their dogs by their side.
Enthusiastic team members at Davies, covered plenty of ground to boost DOTS’ coffers with a team distance challenge for National Walking Month in May and a Time to Talk Walk for World Mental Health Day in February, as well as generating terracycle scheme donations from recycling bins in the staff room.
In addition, MARS, the parent company of the Linnaeus group of which Davies is a part, gifted a sum of money to Linnaeus to award to animal charities needing help during the Coronavirus pandemic.
On a practical front, to provide support for owners, as well as their pets, Davies is also making a donation of jackets and body warmers to DOTS, together with some cups for hot drinks.
Michelle Clark Founding Director of DOTS said: “We are so grateful Davies for this generous contribution, especially given their determination to continue to fundraise for us during the constraints of the COVID 19 pandemic.
“Their donation will help provide many of our Dogs On The Streets with the care and support they vitally require via our charity. Our work has been ever more important during this difficult year and the jackets, bodywarmers and cups will be well-received.”
The Davies team are now putting plans into place for fundraising projects for their new charity for 2021; CHUMS a Local Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People, based in Silsoe Bedfordshire.
Tim Richardson, Managing Director of Davies said: “While the pandemic certainly made fundraising more challenging this year, we are very proud to have been able to make a considerable donation to DOTS to support their excellent work. We also hope our donation of jackets, body warmers and cups will give some comfort and warmth to dog owners who are living in difficult circumstances.”
To find out more about the services at Davies visit https://vetspecialists.co.uk/.