Staff at the Burghfield Veterinary Practice on Burghfield Common say they have been overwhelmed at the generosity of clients who have responded to an appeal they have been running to help pets affected by the recent Italian earthquake.
The former manager of the practice, Rosanne Allen, now lives in Petritoli, a village about 20 miles from Amatrice, the worst affected town. She works with an organisation called Displaced Earthquake Pets which is bringing aid to animals which have been injured or left without owners. She asked her former colleagues if they could help and they have donated veterinary medicines. They then appealed to their clients for donations and say they have been amazed by the response.
Clinical Director Fiona Strange said: “One person brought in lots of brand new fleecy blankets, while someone else brought in three large bags of dog food. We’ve also received lots of dog beds, leads, bowls, toys and other accessories. Many of our clients have bought food for their own pets while visiting us and bought another for the appeal while they were here.
“From a small note on our reception desk, the appeal has gathered momentum and, a couple of days ago, we could hardly open our back door because of the sheer volume of donations. What we’ve been given so far is currently en route to Italy in a van but we’re keeping the appeal open and hope to be able to send Ros more supplies in a few weeks.
“We would like to thank everyone who has donated. Together they have made a massive difference and we know that Ros and her colleagues at Displaced Earthquake Pets are extremely grateful.”
Anyone wanting to donate food or other pet-friendly items is asked to get in touch with Burghfield Veterinary Centre at 1 Tarragon Way, Burghfield Common. It can be contacted on 0118 983 2465.