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Vets For Change - reducing Rabies in Africa

One of our vets Lorna, has just returned from South Africa where she was participating in a mass Rabies Vaccination campaign. She is a member of the charity Vets for Change and dedicates her holidays to help eliminate Rabies from those areas where it is still prevalent.

Vets for Change were established in 2012 to support local communities, State organisations, NGOs and local charities with their specialist knowledge in organising, planning and executing vaccination and sterilisation campaigns.

This year with just a small team and budget, Vets for change, were able to assist the South African state vets and technicians vaccinate more than 13,000 dogs in Mpumulanga, an area west of the Kruger park; an area that is endemic with Rabies.

Even more importantly, the clients at Wood Street Vet Hospital and branches have supported them, by raising almost £100 in the blue change box at front desk. This may seem a small amount, but it vaccinated almost 500 dogs!
A big thank you to all our clients for their support. For regular updates, please see their website or Facebook page-  www.facebook.com/vets4change - and don't forget to donate if you can.

Letter from lovely Narla's happy owners

To all the wonderful staff at Woodstreet,

I just wanted to send a few photo's of our dog Narla over to you to show how much she is able to enjoy since coming under your care. Narla was originally an RSPCA Southridge resident who burst her cruciate ligament and needed surgical intervention. We adopted Narla in March 2013 and in April, Tony performed her TTA operation, aside from the 16 week recovery time, she has never looked back. She was able to walk from the day we brought her back home, although her exercise was heavily restricted, she was immediately more comfortable after her operation than she had been in the lead up to it. She came in for regular check ups and all the staff were absolutely wonderful with her. She had some issues being in close proximity with other dogs and every one of the staff made an extra effort to ensure she felt comfortable and was able to get in and out of the surgery safely. They all made a huge fuss of her each and every time she came in and she always comes to the vets with a wagging tail - even when she's not feeling that great!

She has since been in for a couple more surgeries due to a few undesirable lumps and bumps in awkward places (in between her toes and on her eyelid) and the staff are always absolutely fantastic and very welcoming to her. She doesn't do well in a kennel environment and gets very depressed and the nurses always take special care of her. We always feel confident leaving her with you and know that she is receiving the best possible care.

She may have some arthritis which we keep a close eye on with Tony, but despite this, she is able to take part in some agility as part of her weekly training (we won't be winning any competitions though!), she does search training and she runs comfortably (albeit it for short periods as she's not overly energetic!).  All of this is possible due to the excellent care she has received at Woodstreet, we wouldn't take her anywhere else!

Rachel, Dave and Narla

RSPCA Fun Day - We were pleased to help out our friends at the RSPCA SouthRidge rehoming centre at their annual Fun Day this month.

Every year the RSPCA hold a fun day with dog shows and varied entertainment  - this year's event eas held on Sunday July 12th & onvce more our staff were happy to help out....

You can read the organisers full account & see some photos HERE....

IT COULD have been a disaster. After a week of blazing sunshine the organisers of the Friends of RSPCA Southridge Funday woke up on Sunday July 12th 2015 to be greeted by dark clouds  and showers.
‘I thought, oh no, go away'  said Terry Pavey, chairman of the charity. ‘It’s taken us months to organise, please don’t let it be a washout..........

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