PETS in need of vets now have a new place to get treatment - with the opening of a new PDSA surgery in Sheffield.
The charity’s PetAid branch on Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne, is a satellite site of PDSA’s existing hospital on Newhall Road, Brightside, and was opened in response to increased demand over the past five years.
The PDSA say the challenging economic climate has led to more pet owners than ever seeking the support of the charity: in 2012, PDSA vets treated around 14,000 local sick and injured pets, up 40 per cent from 10,000 in 2007.
On average, the Sheffield PetAid hospital and branch treat 173 pets every working day and provide around 80,000 veterinary treatments annually.
These range from emergency, life-saving operations to preventive procedures, such as neutering and vaccinations. The service costs PDSA over £1.3 million a year, funded by donations.
Formerly a doctor’s surgery, the new branch enhances PDSA’s ability to deliver care such as vaccinations, neutering and microchipping.
PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Liz Airey, who oversees both local sites, said: “This new facility makes a real difference.”
To be eligible for treatment, pet owners must receive either Council Tax Benefit or Housing Benefit and live in postcodes S2, S7, S8, S11, S12, S14, S17, S18, S20, S21, S32, and S43.