New scheme to protect Sheffield pets from killer diseases

Pet champion Joanne Smith
Pet champion Joanne Smith
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A new initiative has been launched to help protect vulnerable pets in Sheffield from killer diseases.

Charity PDSA has received £550,000 of funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, which it is using nationally to help protect animals from illnesses such as parvovirus and feline leukaemia.

The PDSA Sheffield Pet Hospital has selected veterinary care assistant Joanne Smith as a specialist ‘pet champion’ to help run the city’s scheme.

Joanne is one of over 50 vet staff across the UK who will educate pet owners about preventive health. They will also encourage uptake of thousands of vaccinations, neutering operations, parasite treatments and microchips to safeguard dogs, cats and other pets.

Joanne said: “The funding means I can protect more local pets against diseases and educate more owners about preventive health. This will make a huge difference in tackling some of the biggest welfare issues facing our nation’s pets.”