BIRMINGHAM Dogs Home is one step closer to creating its own vet clinic thanks to a generous donation.
The Catherine-De-Barnes home has been handed £50,000 from Animal Friends Insurance towards the building of an onsite veterinary clinic.
The clinic will be able to carry out emergency procedures and give pain relief to injured and critically ill rescued dogs.
The charity will re-configure a section of its existing building, by re-modelling and re-fitting the internal layout to include an X-ray room, two wards, three consultation rooms, dental room, isolation room and separate entrance to keep sick dogs separate from the main reception.
Last year the charity needed to spend over £230,000 of supporter donations on veterinary care, a figure which they say will be drastically reduced once the new onsite veterinary clinic is operational.
Birmingham Dogs Home has an annual bill in the region of £30,000 for X-rays alone which cost around £300 per procedure at a commercial vet practice.
Birmingham Dogs Home say the clinic will its vet bills fall by nearly 70 per cent and those funds will be refocused on providing greater levels of support and rehabilitation to the dogs in their care, helping them to find new forever homes.
Westley Pearson, chief executive officer at Animal Friends, said: “Our donation will not only pay for a dedicated X-ray room and equipment which will be at the heart of the new veterinary clinic, it will help empower the charity to drastically enhance how it operates and the number of dogs it can help, saving tens of thousands of pounds every year in the process.”