A Little Bit About DOTS
Released on 17th September - the story of how DOTS began...
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COVID 19 - UPDATE
We are continuing our service 24/7 but with some much-needed changes as follows:
Our vet care is now primarily emergency only. All of our stations are now closed except for The Strand, as London is such a huge source of need. But those who attend our other stations have our number and know that we will refer them to supporting local veterinary practices. We are able in some cases to conduct consultations by telephone. We can also deal with repeat prescriptions.
Pet food is being delivered to locations from where it can be collected. It is important that our clients' pets are on regular, reliable, healthy diets.
Our 3 acre 64-kennel sanctuary is being used to support those rough sleepers who have obtained emergency Covid 19 accommodation but who cannot take their pets with them. This is open to UK wide rough sleepers.
Our sanctuary pet guests are not kept in kennels all day. They are outside playing and having a fun time on 3 acres of green land. Their snugs are fully heated and we play relaxing music for them.
We are supporting the London Ambulance Service with support and fostering in our sanctuary for pets of owners who have to go into hospital.
We have recently opened up our Sanctuary places to NHS workers who need help with their pets too.
On street outreach. We continue to visit our rough sleeper clients, and those without pets too, who need basic humanitarian help such as food and water for themselves.
Our vets, vet nurses, and front line volunteers are working to the best of their ability to do what they can. We are not priority for PPE. So if anyone has any spare gloves, masks, sanitizers, we would be truly grateful for them.
Finally, we appreciate any donation that you can make to help us to help our clients' pets, our clients, and those new people we meet on our outreach. We know times are hard for so many. So we truly appreciate your support.
Dogs on the Streets is a multi award winning and UK’s main charity that supports rough sleepers and the homeless community with dogs.
Found in 2017 by Michelle Clark, DOTS offers 24/7 support for these dogs and their homeless owners.
DOTS operates mobile weekly street “stations’ across London, Oxford, Kent, Milton Keynes, Bournemouth and in a partnership with a housing project Birmingham with further stations opening during 2019
As a RCVS registered vet practice DOTS offers all first triage care at these ‘street ran stations’ from its high tech ‘vet van’.
Run by volunteers, DOTS team comprises Vets, Vet Nurses, Dog Trainers, Groomers and Nutritionists.
Offering food and dietary advice as well as providing vital accessories like coats, bedding, collars and leads, DOTS also helps their owners.
DOTS creates pathways to their rehabilitation to overcome many mental health issues, which can often only be achieved with their dogs by their side.
Working tirelessly, DOTS aim is to find permanent accommodation for rough sleepers and regularly represents clients and their dogs with services/ borough councils. Many refuse housing when offered simply because it is not dog friendly.
In the event of an owners’ illness or hospitalization, DOTS is fortunate to have foster care kennels on 3 acres of land where's the dogs spend the day outside socialising, exercising and enjoying playtime with a team of experienced high end dog behaviourists and trainers. DOTS covers all costs when fostering their dog, giving peace of mind to the owner.
The bond between these owners and the dogs is inextricable- one is nothing without the other. Their dog is their lifeline.
Donations are a huge help to us and 100% of your donation goes on essentials and care for the street dogs
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Services We Provide
In emergency situations