Leading veterinary charity PDSA celebrated a milestone as the roof was installed in Nottingham’s new pet welfare center. A closing ceremony was attended by a charitable veterinary nurse, as well as customers and animal patients.
Thanks to generous donors from the charity, including a large donation from the Marian and Christina Ionescu Hospital and the support of the People’s Postcode Lottery players, PDSA has so far raised £ 2.3million for the cost of building the new pioneer center.
But the association is urging residents and local businesses to support them to help them with the remaining funds needed to equip the new building, which will replace its aging pet hospital on Dunkirk Road.
PDSA veterinarian nurse Nina Downing said: “It’s fantastic to see the incredible progress being made at the new center, which will open next year for Nottingham pets and owners. PDSA is in desperate need of a new hospital to care for the pets in the area, so it’s great to see this become a reality!
“We provide a vital service to the animals of Nottingham whose owners struggle to pay for the care of their sick and injured animals. For many vulnerable animals, we’re here to help them when they have nowhere else to turn.
“The pandemic has been an extremely difficult time and we have worked hard to continue to keep our doors open for pets in need, despite all the hardships we have faced. Covid has highlighted the unique and special relationship we share with our pets, enriching our lives and combating loneliness, so we are truly delighted to welcome another positive chapter for the residents and pet owners of Nottingham. “
Located in Basford, the new hospital will replace the current PDSA premises, which have now reached breaking point. The center will feature a larger and brighter waiting room, with separate areas for cats and dogs, reducing the stress that a visit to the vet can cause. It will also house improved kennels to allow animals to recover from surgery and treatment in a better environment, a diagnostic room, digital x-ray facilities and more parking.
Laura Chow, Head of Charities at the People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “A lot of our players are big animal lovers so it’s wonderful to see the new Nottingham PDSA Pet Wellbeing center take shape. This facility will have a huge impact on the local community, helping many owners through difficult times and improving the welfare of pets, helping to keep pets healthy and happy.
The center is expected to open in spring 2022.