Charity for the homeless and their dogs receives £3,000 donation
Charity Dogs On The Street (DOTS), which provides help for the homeless community and their dogs, has received a £3,000 donation from Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies).
Davies, a small animal referral practice based near Hitchin in Hertfordshire, raised the money for DOTS after nominating them as their charity of the year for 2020.
Ran by volunteers, DOTS operates mobile weekly street “stations’ across the UK offering food and dietary advice to homeless dog owners, as well as providing coats, bedding, collars and leads.
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, body warmers and cups will be well-received.”
Team members at Davies boosted donations 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 with terracycle scheme donations from recycling bins in the staff room, among other things.
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.”
The Davies team are now preparing fundraising projects to support for their new charity for 2021: CHUMS, a Local Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People, based in Silsoe, Bedfordshire.