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PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity and has been caring for sick and injured pets in need since 1917. The veterinary teams in our 48 Pet Hospitals care for 470,000 vulnerable pets every year. The charity receives no Government funding and relies entirely on public donations to fund our vital service, which costs over £60 million a year.


Registered charity no. 208217

Member since March 2020

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Why We Matter

Why We Matter

There’s never a good time to ask for help. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone.

At the end of the line are pets in desperate need.

Pets loved by owners who struggle to pay for their urgent treatment.

We’re often their only lifeline.

You can make the difference between life and death for a vulnerable person’s beloved pet. For many vulnerable people, we’re their pet’s only emergency service.

PDSA is on the frontline of pet poverty. Our charity vets help the pets of those in financial need. Today, thousands more need our help due to the impacts of the pandemic. We’re already struggling to cope.

We predict 50,000 more pets will be eligible for our services over the months ahead.

We receive no government funding. Yet we help over 2.7 million pet owners across the UK.

We’re here to help them, and the thousands more who will need our help as the financial impacts of the pandemic continue to take hold. This will be our greatest challenge yet, and for many of our vets and nurses the pet care crisis starts now.

For many of these people, their pet is their only companion in life.

Without your help, their pets may have nowhere else to turn when they need vital care and treatment. They believe in you. Please believe in us.

We help treat and save the pets of vulnerable people.

For many, we’re their only hope. Help us be there when there’s nowhere else to go.

Cost of emergency treatment.

Accidents and illness don’t stop in a national crisis.

Traumatic injury and wounds are the two most common emergencies we see in animals in our pet hospitals. Trauma can happen for a variety of reasons including being hit by a car and falling. Traumatic injuries can affect the whole body and patients often need to undergo complex surgery, and be seen frequently for wound checks and assessment. Wounds may need surgery and need frequent dressing changes to keep them clean and they need to be regularly assessed.

Traumatic injuries such as a cat being hit by a train can cost in excess of £4,000

A road traffic accident involving a dog can cost on average over £1,000

A dog jumping or falling from height from a height may cost around £183

A cat suffering a traumatic injury to its tail may cost approximately £314

Wounds from a dog fight can cost of average £382

A cat returning home with wounds after being missing may cost roughly £373

If you want to read some real life stories about families that our amazing vet teams have helped then please click this link: