Celebrations as the charity that runs Nottingham’s pet hospital turns 100

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The PDSA was founded on November 17, 1917

A pet welfare charity which runs a hospital in Nottingham will celebrate its 100th birthday this week.

The PDSA was founded by Maria Dickin on November 17, 1917, to help provide care for sick animals of the poor in London’s East End.

The charity now has 48 hospitals across the country, including one on Dunkirk Road, close to the Queen’s Medical Centre.

According to the PDSA, the first mention of the charity having a site in Nottingham was in 1927, when there was a small dispensary on Longden Street, Sneinton.

A new Midlands area hospital was then opened on Abbey Street, Dunkirk, in 1933 after local fundraising efforts.

The hospital contained an outpatients department, a horse ward, a small animal ward, a convalescent ward, offices, stores and a forge.

A caravan dispensary also worked out of the hospital, covering the Aspley, Basford, Hucknall and Ilkeston areas.

But the building of the roundabout on Clifton Bouvelard meant the PDSA was forced to search for a new site for its hospital, and the charity moved to Dunkirk Road in 1960.

Today Nottingham PDSA Pet Hospital provides around 65,000 treatments every year, and can see as many as 200 pets in a single day.

Florine Morrison, senior vet at Nottingham PDSA Pet Hospital, said: “The story of PDSA is a truly remarkable journey from humble beginnings during World War I.

“What emerged from one woman’s attempts to alleviate animal suffering has blossomed into the UK’s leading vet charity.”

To celebrate the history of the Nottingham hospital – and the 100th anniversary of the charity – area manager Colin Wallace will complete a series of “daredevil stunts” to raise money for the charity.

His challenges include a skydive and performing wheelies on a motorbike at 180mph.

He said: “I asked my teams to suggest some challenges for me to do to celebrate our charity’s centenary – fundraising should be about pushing yourself to do something you wouldn’t normally do.”

Florine added: “Over the last century we have provided an astonishing 100 million treatments to 20 million beloved pets. Today we look after pets across the country and play a lead role in pet wellbeing, not only through treating the sick and injured, but through prevention and education.

“It costs £60 million to deliver our veterinary services alone and, with no Government funding, we rely entirely on the goodwill of our supporters. So I’d appeal to anyone who believes in PDSA to visit our website and pledge their support. I firmly believe it’s the best way there is to support pet wellbeing.”

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