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Dogs Trust prepares festive gifts for homeless dog owners
The charity's Together Through Homelessness scheme has seen an 82 per cent rise in enquiries.
Almost 2,000 parcels will be sent out.

The charity Dogs Trust is getting ready to give out nearly 2,000 parcels to help homeless dog owners and their pets this Christmas.

Delivered through Dogs Trust’s Together Through Homelessness scheme, the parcels will include collars, leads, toys and treats. They will distributed through more than 200 partner organisations.

The charity has run Together Through Homelessness for more than 30 years.

As well as distributing gifts at Christmas, the scheme helps dog owners experiencing or at risk of homelessness all year round, providing free veterinary care and working with homelessness services to accept clients with dogs.

The project has seen a big increase in demand for its services in recent months. There was an 82 per cent rise in enquiries in August to October 2023, compared with August to October 2022.

Megan Evans, Together Through Homelessness team leader at Dogs Trust, said: “Everyone knows that the bond between a dog and its owner is a strong one but for people experiencing homelessness, the bond is often unbreakable.

“Christmas can be an especially difficult and lonely time for people in housing crisis, but the company of a canine friend can often help to ease some of this loneliness.

“However, thanks to the generosity of Dogs Trust supporters, this year we’ll spread a little bit of Christmas cheer and help almost 2,000 dogs celebrate Christmas with their best friends.

"Not only that, but we will be able to continue to support them into the New Year and beyond so that more dogs can stay with their owners, regardless of their housing situation.”

Image © Dogs Trust

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.