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RSPCA to treat Bury animals on the move with vet van
SICK and needy animals in Bury’s most deprived areas will be able to get the treatment they need thanks to a re-launched service.
Bury and Oldham RSPCA shares a uniquely kitted-out van with Bolton RSPCA to provide low-cost veterinary services for people on means-tested benefits or low incomes across all three areas.
It is the only RSPCA-run mobile veterinary clinic in the UK and provides pets with treatment on their owners' doorsteps.
Branch receptionist Lindsay Lucisano set up the RSPCA-subsidised project in 2007.
And, after being cancelled earlier this month while the centre reviewed its funding, the service is now ready to take to the streets once more.
Lindsay, from Rochdale, has worked for the RSPCA for 12 years and said the mobile clinic was a “lifeline” for the pet owners who needed it most.
She said: “We were concerned about people on low income or benefits not being able to provide veterinary care for their pets and were seeing many animals suffering needlessly from easily-treatable conditions.
“We wanted to reach out to the community, have the chance to speak to people about other issues surrounding their pets such as neutering, and provide support for people who may not be able to travel easily.”
Lindsay said the service did not take custom away from private vets because service users were people who would not have visited vets in the first place.
With private vet checks costing between £25-30 on average and vaccinations setting pet owners back around £60, the mobile clinic charges just £10 for a health check and £18 for a health check and vaccination.
The converted van boasts surgical facilities, kennels and cat carriers and can also offer treatments like worming, flea removal and cat neutering.
It provides microchipping to every animal it treats ahead of government proposals to make this compulsory for all pets by 2016.
Lindsay added: “Helping animals was something I have always wanted to do, ever since coming to the centre on work experience while I was still at school.
“It is amazing to feel you have made a real difference to a pet’s life by treating relatively minor conditions which can have a severe impact.
“We see many animals that have developed serious skin complaints which have caused them to go almost completely bald — but after simple treatment their fur grows back and they are like a new animal.
“We also helped a cat which had been living with an air gun pellet lodged in its head — the pet was referred to our clinic in Salford and made a full recovery.
The mobile clinic visits the borough fortnightly on Wednesdays between 8.30am and 1.30pm.
It will be at Close Park, in Dumers Lane, in Radcliffe, on September 4, at Hoyles Park, in Huntley Mount Road, in Bury, on September 18, and at Clarence Park, in Walmersley Road, in Bury, on October 2.
There is also a vet based at the RSPCA centre, in Rhodes Bank, Mumps, Oldham, on Mondays and Fridays.
n Anyone interested in adopting an animal from Bury and Oldham RSPCA branch can contact the centre on 0161 624 4725 visit rspca-buryoldham. org.uk or search RSPCA Bury-Oldham on Facebook
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