PDSA provides free veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of those unable to afford veterinary fees
and promotes responsible pet ownership. The charity operates a UK-wide network of 47 PetAid hospitals and branches and also
works through some 352 contracted private practices (PetAid practices).
This year PDSA PetAid hospitals and branches
will provide more than 1.8 million free treatments and more than 200,000 preventive treatments, such as vaccinations, neutering
and microchipping. In addition, more than 36,000 pets are registered for PDSA-funded veterinary care through PetAid practices.
In 2009 delivery of PDSA PetAid services will cost more than £50 million. The charity is funded entirely by
public support; mainly donations, gifts in wills and trading, and live within the designated postcode catchment.
eligible for PDSA care, a pet owner must be in receipt of either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit and live within the
designated postcode catchment area of their local PDSA PetAid service.
PDSA operates 177 charity shops UK-wide
and is supported by 4,800 volunteers.
The initials PDSA stand for The People’s Dispensary for Sick