Charity in focus: PDSA Hull Pet Hospital

Published: Monday 27th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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This week’s charity in focus is the PDSA Pet Hospital, located on Brunswick Avenue in Hull.

The charity, which is dedicated to pet wellbeing, celebrates its 100-year anniversary this month and has a rich history of alleviating animal suffering and caring for pets.

In 1917, charity founder Maria Dickin set up a dispensary for sick animals of the poor in London’s East End. Since then, the now national charity has helped over 20 million pets, providing an incredible 100 million treatments and counting.

As you can imagine, public demand for PDSA rapidly grew and now there are almost 50 hospitals scattered across the country, supported by 130 shops and a dedicated team of volunteers.

“The story of the charity is a truly remarkable one from such humble beginnings during the First World War,” enthuses Murtagh McDonnell, a senior vet at PDSA Hull Pet Hospital. “What emerged from one woman’s attempts to alleviate animal suffering has now blossomed into the UK’s leading vet charity.”

The Hull Pet Hospital is actually celebrating 90 years since it was first listed at 96 Porter Street. Later moving to 57 Spring Bank, the surgery finally moved to Beverley Road in 1943, which is where it remained for four decades. The current location, 20 Brunswick Avenue, was chosen in 1985 and received a visit shortly after opening from charity patron HRH Princess Alexandra.

Just six years later and the Hull-based hospital had to adapt due to an increased number of patients. They were treating over 28,000 animals a year and the number was only getting bigger. Luckily, four consulting rooms, two operating theatres, recovery kennels and X-ray and isolation facilities were installed during the mid to late 90s.

A decade later, and 43,000 treatments were being administered annually by the passionate veterinary staff completely free of charge. In 2007, the hospital underwent a bit of a makeover, including upgraded sanitary wares, redecoration, laboratory units and a brand new office space.

In 2017, the PDSA Hull Pet Hospital deals with over 100 pets on a daily basis, providing just under 60,000 treatments and surgeries on average per year.

“Today, PDSA looks after pets across the UK and plays a lead role in animal wellbeing, not only through treating the sick and injured but via prevention and education,” adds Murtagh. “Unfortunately, we don’t receive government funding, but we raise the £60 million a year it costs to deliver our services thanks to our generous, good-willed supporters. I appeal to anyone who believes in PDSA to visit our website and pledge support.”

For more information, visit PDSA Hull Pet Hospital online. Here you will be able to find out how you can get involved with this cause and donate your time, money or goods.

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Published: Monday 27th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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