Myerscough College veterinary nursing staff and students are teaming up with an organisation that provides care to animals owned by homeless people.
The Street Paws project is a monthly outreach service where a team of vets and veterinary nurses provide free vaccinations, micro-chipping, health checks, flea & worming and advice to the homeless and vulnerably housed.
Lynne Kerrigan from Myerscough College’s veterinary nursing department said: ‘’We’re excited to announce our plans to work with Street Paws in the new year.
‘’I will be joining the outreach session in Manchester next month and then the plan will be that in the new year we will take a minibus of our students along each month to assist.
‘’This will be such a great opportunity for our students to hone their nursing skills whilst also giving something back to the community. Street Paws are also our nominated charity this year & we’re hoping to take goodies along to the outreach session in December. Therefore we are asking for donations of dog food, dog coats, collars, leads & dog treats.’’
A spokesperson for Street Paws said: ‘’We’re delighted to announce that Street Paws is collaborating with Myerscough College for our outreach in the North West! A team of student veterinary nurses and their lecturers will attend our service in Manchester and then in our other projects in the area as we expand.
‘’Our aim is to provide vital links for these animals who would otherwise receive no veterinary care.’’
The group was formed last year to provide free vet care for the homeless and vulnerably housed in major cities across the UK, and currently operates in Newcastle, York, Manchester, Leeds and Cardiff.
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by Dave Salmon