Dogs On The Streets
In this charity focus blog, we take a look at DOTS (Dogs on The Streets) and the amazing work they do.
DOTS was launched back in 2016 by Michelle Clark. For the 6 years leading up to the launch of DOTS, Michelle had been running a street outreach programme. During these 6 years, she built up a strong rapport and knowledge of the needs of those living on the streets with their dogs.
The inspiration for DOTS found its way to Michelle in the form of a special street dog named Poppy.
‘Poppy’s homeless dad was taken very ill, and having heard about Michelle’s work, he made contact to see if she could help with Poppy’s welfare while he moved into accommodation to try and better his health. Michelle took Poppy on, welcoming her into her family (which also includes numerous other furbabies!) like one of her own. It was the bond that was formed with Poppy, that sparked the desire in Michelle to do even more than she was for the homeless doggy owning community, to provide a more permanent and regular service.’ Say DOTS.
DOTS now operate weekly in London, and also offer regular services in major cities across the UK. They are looking to expand even further too.
The DOTS team have a fully equipped mobile veterinary surgery vehicle to ensure dogs in need can get the help they deserve in a clean and safe environment.
‘The vet vehicle enables voluntary ran, firsthand care and support, and is equipped to provide vaccinations, basic medical care, biopsies and blood tests with results in 5 minutes.
Regular flea and worm treatments are also provided, along with weight management from our excellent veterinary nurses.’ Add DOTS.
DOTS offer their services completely free of charge, ensuring that their visitors are provided for every week. And it’s not just veterinary care. They make sure the dogs that visit have all they need, from food, to leads and harnesses, training and grooming.
‘Michelle has been involved in a number of cases where she has been successful in getting homeless people and their dogs off the streets for good. She hopes to continue to do more of this in the future, because everybody, human or canine, deserves a roof over their heads.’ Say DOTS.
There are a variety of ways in which you can help this amazing cause, including donating money, donating items from their wish list and volunteering. You could even help by adopting a dog in need.
To find out more about DOTS, the fabulous work they do, and how you can help, visit their website – www.DogsOnTheStreets.org.