Street vet: “Help­ing home­less dogs changed my life”

Af­ter see­ing a sick pup liv­ing on the streets, Jade Statt vowed to stop an­i­mals suf­fer­ing

Closer (UK) - - Cont4ents - By Rachel Spencer ● Visit www.streetvet.co.uk or con­tact them on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram on @streetve­tuk

Com­ing back from C a girlie night out in Lon­don’s Soho in Au­gust 2016, Jade Statt was left dev­as­tated af­ter walk­ing past a rough sleeper and his sick dog. Un­able to shake the image of the suf­fer­ing pup, the 38-year-old vet vowed to help.

And four months af­ter seek­ing ap­proval from the Royal Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Sur­geons, Jade start­ing go­ing out most evenings and week­ends with a ruck­sack full of med­i­ca­tion and snacks to treat home­less dogs on the street.

Jade, who lives in Lon­don with her hus­band, Adam, 38, and their two huskies, says, “I knew I had to do some­thing to change the way that an­i­mals on the streets are cared for.

SCARED OWN­ERS

“Home­less peo­ple can’t af­ford to go to the vets and they are scared to visit char­i­ties in case their pet gets taken away.”

Jade started Streetvet along­side fel­low vet Sam Joseph, 31, in Jan­uary 2017. So far, they’ve treated over 100 dogs around Lon­don, Brighton, Bris­tol and Cam­bridge, thanks to fund­ing from well-wish­ers.

Jade says, “I wasn’t able to find the sick dog from my night out, de­spite search­ing. But I was de­ter­mined to help oth­ers and make a dif­fer­ence, so I’d pound the streets look­ing for other sickly pup­pies. On the street, I’d give them a health check, en­sur­ing they were wormed and vac­ci­nated, and that they didn’t have fleas. I’d di­ag­nose in­fec­tions and give an­tibi­otic tablets and cream, vac­ci­na­tion in­jec­tions and clip claws.

“Then, af­ter meet­ing Sam through Face­book, we de­cided to set up Streetvet along­side our reg­u­lar vet­eri­nary jobs. Now we have sev­eral drop-in cen­tres where home­less peo­ple can take their ill pets.”

The team treats ev­ery­thing from mi­nor ail­ments to lifethreat­en­ing dis­eases. Jade ex­plains, “We were asked to look at a 12-year-old Staffie called Min­nie be­cause her owner was con­cerned about a lump on her chest. I took a biopsy on the street and the test re­sults showed she had skin cancer. So we set up a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to raise the £480 needed for surgery and she made a full re­cov­ery.

“Bobby the Labrador is an­other reg­u­lar pa­tient who has arthri­tis. He needs daily pain re­lief and goes for laser acupunc­ture at a clinic ev­ery week.”

COM­PAN­ION­SHIP

Jade has also gath­ered lots of sup­port from vol­un­teers, vets and food sup­pli­ers. She says, “Some peo­ple think that home­less peo­ple get a dog so that passers-by feel sorry for them and give them more money. But these pets are loved and cher­ished. Dogs are ev­ery­thing to the peo­ple we help; they pro­vide com­pan­ion­ship and se­cu­rity and the own­ers can’t bear for them to suf­fer. That’s some­thing ev­ery dog-lover can re­late to.”

Jade has treated over 100 home­less dogs

Min­nie the Staffie has now made a full re­cov­ery The team has set up sev­eral drop-in cen­tres

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