We wanted to share an update with you on the progress of the HopeStreet Animal Welfare Outreach Program and the lives you have helped change.
Since the very start of our program in 2016, many of you will have read updates on one of our most cherished regular patients, and long-standing beneficiary of your donations, the elderly Chihuahua dog, Chi Chi. It is with very heavy hearts that we inform you the beloved Chi Chi passed away earlier this year. His loss was felt deeply by all who came in contact with the gorgeous little dog, and our sympathies are with his owner. Over the past four years treating Chi Chi, your gift enabled us to perform dental work, chest radiographs, pathology tests and provide ongoing medications that made a huge difference to Chi Chi and his owner. Thank you.
An update on the program
It was a busy start to 2020 for our HopeStreet Animal Welfare Outreach Program. We saw over 20 pets at our Woolloomooloo on-site service during February and March. We were able to provide important vaccinations, parasite control and health checks that led to further investigations at UVTHS, including pathology tests, investigation of masses, limb lameness exams, heart murmur investigations and dental work-ups. Thanks to your generous support, this year we were also able to introduce compulsory desexing of all patients that join the program, ensuring their optimal health.
In late March, as with the rest of our country and the world, the service was impacted by COVID-19. We unfortunately had to temporarily suspend on site visits at Woolloomooloo. Despite our sadness, we have ensured that any pets that were in, or new to the program, requiring medical attention are still being seen at our UVTHS clinic. We have utilised teleconsulting and organised a number of important procedures for our patients and clients. With the support you have generously provided, our wonderful staff at UVTHS have been able to ensure our patients in need continue to be treated during these challenging times.
We wanted to share some of our patients' stories with you: Some of the patients who have visited UVTHS this year include
- Tom and Keike, two cats from the same family who each underwent dental procedures
- Harlee, a Staffordshire Terrier who required dental surgery to treat a tooth root abscess.
- Blacky, a Terrier cross and beloved member of the HopeStreet community, was diagnosed with a Melanoma in his right eye. The affected eye has been removed and he is recovering well.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your ongoing support of our program. It really does make a huge difference to the health and welfare of the pets we see, and is a beneficial and memorable experience for our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students who attend the clinic.With the easing of restrictions we look forward to recommencing our on-site work at Woolloomooloo sometime soon.
We are excited to announce we will be increasing our clinics from monthly to fortnightly visits. In the future, and with your continued support, we hope to expand the program to assist other Sydney community areas in need. If you are able to, please consider renewing your support for the program by making a 100% tax-deductible gift. We are so grateful for your generosity. We really cannot thank you enough.
The HopeStreet Animal Welfare Outreach Program team