AN ANIMAL lover and veterinary nurse is appealing to Dispatch readers to help a Nottingham based charity by becoming a volunteer or donating money.
Hucknall’s Kate Dean, who helps out at West Street based Buckley House vets, is also a foster carer for the Animal Accident Rescue Unit (AARU) which is desperate for help.
“I’ve been helping out at the charity for two years - ever since a friend of mine got me involved,” explained Kate of Belvoir Street.
“I have just taken in a cat called Belle who was taken to Buckley House for treatment by the RSPCA.
“She had severe wounds to her head and shoulder which the vet suspects was due to scalding,” added Kate. “The wounds were at least two weeks old and Belle was suffering terribly.”
Due to the nature of Belle’s injuries, Kate is bathing her wounds and applying cream twice a day. Different animals need different levels of care and foster carers will only be given animals suited to their circumstances.
Kate explains: “In Belle’s case the RSPCA couldn’t care for her and took her to Buckley House for treatment. Like all animal charities they are full to capacity and struggling to meet the financial demands for so many animals in need.
“It is a slow process but hopefully with care, Belle will recover so we can try and find her a forever home in the future.”
The AARU help rescue cats and dogs but also wildlife, including birds. They have animals which have recovered and need adoption too or people can offer their services in other ways.
Kate added: “We need volunteers who can drive the fostered animals to the vets for check-ups and routine appointments as well as fundraisers or individuals who can fulfil an admin role for the charity.”
Veterinary surgeon at Buckley House, Graham Oliver, has been involved in the care for Belle and is an avid supporter of the AARU.
“They do a valuable job and fill the gaps left by the RSPCA and PDSA,” explained Mr Oliver. “The practice has been supporting their work for 25 years giving them preferential rates on care, monitoring costs and hospitalising animals for short periods when they struggle to find foster homes for sick pets.
“We have also held fundraisers for the AARU,” added Mr Oliver. “It is an excellent organisation which, despite being a small charity, makes a big difference.”
For further information or to donate, check out the charity’s website at www.animalaccident.org.uk.