Charity to give free care to dogs whose owners are homeless in Dundee

Michelle with Lola, belonging to homeless man Gary (centre) with Robin Russell and British actor Peter Egan.
Michelle with Lola, belonging to homeless man Gary (centre) with Robin Russell and British actor Peter Egan.

A charity providing free veterinary care to homeless people’s dogs is coming to Dundee.

Dogs on the Streets (Dots) was started in London to support the city’s homeless with essentials such as dog coats, leads and food, and now provides all veterinary care free of charge.

The Dundee branch will be the first of its kind in Scotland.

Michelle Clark launched the charity after taking in a Staffordshire bull terrier from the streets so that its owner could receive medical care.

She previously provided basic essentials to dogs in her area.

Michelle said: “I had been helping the homeless community with food and blankets for their dogs for a while. Then I took in a Staffordshire terrier named Poppy when her owner needed medical care.

“Poppy was quite unwell herself so I got her the treatment she needed and decided that more needed to be done for street dogs.

“That was when Dogs on the Street was created. It provides vet care, microchipping and essentials such as dog food free of charge.

“The Dundee team will be made up of two vets and two vets’ nurses who will be able to provide free health care to any street dog.

“If the dog needs any more serious care, such as operations, we will also pay and arrange for this too.

“We are working closely with the Eagles Wings Trust in Dundee and the team will be located beside its food van in Bell Street every fortnight.

“It is so important to provide this care as a lot of the time a homeless person’s dog is their only companion and they would not be able to pay for the care without our help.”

Dots is completely publicly funded and relies on donations to continue providing care for the dogs.

Michelle added: “We have received amazing feedback and support, not only from the homeless people we help but also the general public.

“Every person we have helped has been incredibly appreciative, even when just receiving the most basic of items which would be widely available to the rest of us.”

Gemma Nowrie who contacted Michelle to bring Dots to Dundee said: “I am thrilled we have managed to bring Dots to Scotland.

“Working in co-ordination with the Eagles Wings Trust soup kitchen enables us to reach out to more people and bring the homeless community together. I cannot wait to get started and meet the dogs and their owners.”

The Dots team will be at Bell Street on Monday February 12, from 7.30pm-9pm.