Our Liverpool Big Issue North office was transformed into a warm and welcoming veterinary clinic after a group of kind hearted vet students from Liverpool University decided to open its doors and give back with their organisation Trusty Paws.
The clinic provides free care to those homeless, in sheltered accommodation or otherwise venerable and without access to veterinary care. The students give a range of treatments, from micro-chipping and vaccinations to grooming and help to purchase products. The service provides the opportunity for vendors to keep their dogs healthy and happy.
With vendors often having hectic and ever changing lives a dog or pet can one of the only things that remains constant giving them a small piece of stability. Our Service Coordinator explains how the first clinic was a success: “Trusty Paws is a great addition to our office, it’s wonderful that vendors can access this care. Dogs get five star treatment along with lots of love from vets and our staff! The clinic also gives us the perfect opportunity to check in with vendors addressing any needs they have. Vendors can often be in a rush to get their magazines and make some money for the day. The clinic is brilliant as vendors are encouraged to take a break and have a chat whilst their dog is having treatment.”
Big Issue North vendor Les was told about the clinic by staff and was pleased as he struggles with managing his money, often leaving nothing for Veterinary care. Along with treatments Les asked if the vets could provide him with a lead and collar as his are old and worn. He’s excited to pick this up at the next clinic as he’s scared the lead will break and Smudge will run away. Les explained: ‘I’m terrified he will get run over he’s my best mate, a gentle giant!’’.
The clinic will now run on a monthly basis providing care to many different needs, the next clinic will be held on Saturday 2nd of June and then the following first Saturday of each month.