01 February 2006

Free pet healthcare facility for people on benefits

Daily Ireland

01/02/2006

A new hospital with a difference was opened in Belfast yesterday.
The PetAid hospital in the city’s Antrim Road offers free veterinary treatment to the sick and injured pets of local people in need. It will serve over 73,000 eligible households, home to some 47,500 pets.
To be eligible to receive free veterinary care, pet owners must live within the postcode catchment area of the PetAid hospital and must provide proof of a current award of Housing Benefit and their identity. The catchment area for the new PetAid hospital is BT1-BT21, BT23-BT29, BT32, BT36-BT43 and BT62-BT67.
Appointments are available from today. To make an appointment pet owners should call the PetAid hospital on 02890 770977.
Senior Veterinary Surgeon at the PetAid hospital, Valerie Maguire, said: “It’s really wonderful being a part of PDSA’s first PetAid hospital in Northern Ireland. The facilities are excellent and we are looking forward to making a real difference to the lives of sick and injured pets.”

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