An appeal organized by VetPartners to help the people and pets of Ukraine has raised more than £ 20,000.
As well as money, two lorry-loads of 600 pet carriers have been donated to help people in the war-torn country who have been forced to flee their homes with their pets.
The money was raised by fund-raising events across the group, including cake sales, raffles, a sale of wildlife photography and tombolas – and VetPartners matched the amount raised, taking the total to £ 20,521.
Of that total, £ 8,806 has been donated to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal with £ 11,715 going to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a charity helping Ukraine’s shelter animals caught up in the conflict.
Throughout March, small animal practices across the VetPartners group offered free claw clips and equine practices arranged free worm egg counts for horse owners for a minimum donation of £ 10.
Practice teams across the VetPartners threw themselves into raising funds and arranging the collection of vital supplies to help the people of Ukraine.
VetPartners chief executive Jo Malone said: “We were all moved by the heartbreaking scenes of people carrying their pets while fleeing their homes in war-torn Ukraine, prompting our appeal to donate carriers.
“VetPartners is full of caring, compassionate people, and we all desperately wanted to do something to help the people and animals of Ukraine during this heartbreaking conflict.
“Whether it’s donating vital funds or supplies to those in need as quickly as possible, our colleagues responded so quickly to help the thousands of people fleeing the fighting in Ukraine. Together, we can do many things – and what we have achieved sums up our caring and supportive culture. ”