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The PDSA – a 100 Years of Help for Sick Animals.

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals was founded in 1917 by Maria Dickin CBE to care for sick and injured animals of the poor in the UK.

During the terrible times of World War 1 Maria worked tirelessly to improve the deteriorating health of animals in the Whitechapel area of London.

Despite lots of sceptism she opened her free “dispensary” and quickly had to move to new premises as it was so successful. Within six years she had designed ¬†and equippped her first horse drawn clinic. This was followed very swiftly by a fleet of mobile dispensaries and the PDSA soon became a common sight throughout the country. Two acts of parliament, in 1949 and 1956, defined the role of the PDSA that continue to govern it’s activities today.

The PDSA provides an invaluable service. Although there is no cost for treatment for those owners who are in receipt of certain benefits a donation however small is always gratefully received. They also offer preventative services such as neutering, vaccinations and microchiping (offered at cost price) In 2005 the Pet Fit Club was launched to help battle the problem of pet obesity.

Last year the PDSA helped 470,000 UK pets.