Siamese cat Spock, a blue point

Siamese cat Dracs, a lilac point

PDSA - The UK's largest veterinary charity


A few facts and figures about the PDSA, the largest veterinary charity in the UK and some useful telephone numbers. You can also keep up to date with the latest news.

Animal welfare covers a wide range and even a quick search around the Internet will produce any number of websites dealing with animal rescue, pet rehoming, animal health issues and other related subjects. Please take a few minutes to read about PDSA, the UK's largest veterinary charity. If you want to find out more about PDSA, click on their logo further down the page, to go to their official website.

This picture was taken on 13th July 2000 when Spock and Dracs presented their first cheque to PDSA. For more details and to read what Spock and Dracs thought about it all, CLICK HERE

To see pictures of the presentation, which took place on 24th May 2002 at PDSA's Telford Headquarters and to find out more about Catsup's own Fundraising Project, click HERE

To read about the a presentation at PDSA's Newcastle PetAid Hospital on 18th March 2004, and to see behind the scenes there, click HERE

Fundraising through Catsup's online shop and local initiatives continues.

Regional and National News Headlines

PDSA believes that domestic holidays are a better choice for pets than travelling overseas and has teamed up with holiday company cottages4you, which has over 5,000 dog-friendly properties available in the UK. Booking through PDSA's website means that 10% of all booking fees will be donated to PDSA. To find out more visit

PDSA has started its search for more pets that need to lose weight with the launch of the annual Pet Fit Club. You can register your interest in taking part at

On 13th August, brothers Philip and Paul Bremner begin a fundraising trek in Brazil.

PDSA has launched it's ninth annual PetCheck tour taking to the road with its mobile PetCheck vehicles, offering fee health checks to dogs, as well as general pet care advice.

If you have any share certificates gathering dust, why not consider donating them to PDSA? All you have to do is send your original share certificates to PDSA, along with your contact details. There's no need to contact a stock broker or registrar, PDSA will complete the necessary forms. All you'll have to do is sign a form and return it! If you need any further information phone Freephone 0800 591248

Did you know there is now a PDSA "VISA" Credit Card? PDSA will receive £4 for every new PDSA MBNA credit card account opened and a contribution of 0.25% on outstanding retail balances on the PDSA card every quarter.
Please consider transferring to a PDSA credit card. Balance transfers will attract just 1.9% APR for six months from the date the account is opened. The card has no annual fee and includes free fraud protection, including internet transactions.

If you're interested, phone Freephone 0800 062 062 to apply.


PDSA provides free veterinary treatment for the sick and injured pets of owners who receive help with their housing costs - either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit.
There are currently in the region of 5.8 million households in Britain that fulfil these eligibility criteria. At the start of 2004, just over 4 million of them(70%) were served either by a PDSAPetAid hospital or by a PDSA PetAid practice.
There are 43 PDSA PetAid Hospitals across Great Britain staffed by over 200 veterinary surgeons and 270 veterinary nurses. In addition, there are 328 PDSA PetAid practices and 5 PDSA PetAid branches.



PDSA PetAid Hospitals provide treatment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Daily, 4,650 pets are treated, free of charge.
In 2005 the Newcastle upon Tyne PDSA PetAid Hospital alone carried out 38,378 treatments. The Gateshead Hospital carried out 42,509.
Each PDSA PetAid Hospital costs around 500,000 ($900,000) a year to run.
PDSA receives no state aid. It is entirely dependant upon contributions.

Some useful phone numbers

There are currently in excess of 4,800 registered volunteers.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering phone:

Freephone 0800 854194


To find out about PDSA PetAid Schemes phone:

Freephone 0800 731 2502


To make a donation, phone:

Freephone 0800 019 9166
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