Dogs on the Streets; supporting street dogs belonging to the UK’s homeless community

Dogs on the Streets; supporting street dogs belonging to the UK’s homeless community

In honour of Change a Pet’s Life Day 2018, we wanted to share a little bit about the inspiration for and the work of DOTS; Dogs on the Streets, for those who have never heard of us before. To us, a pet is a pet. Regardless of circumstance. And that’s why we are dedicated to providing much needed services and support to arguably some of the most vulnerable pets in the UK; those that belong to people living on the streets. For founder Michelle Clark, who has been doing on foot outreach to the homeless community for some six years, the real inspiration for the launch of DOTS was a street dog named Poppy back in 2016. Poppy’s homeless dad had been taken very ill, collapsing on the streets and in need of urgent attention and accommodation but very sadly he couldn't take Poppy with him due to certain restrictions. He had luckily heard of Michelle through her work and via a...
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What a van-tastic day! DOTS reveals first vet van…

What a van-tastic day! DOTS reveals first vet van…

Sunday 17th December, just a week before Christmas and DOTS had some big big news to unveil... All hail the super dooper, first of its kind, veterinary van! Kitted out with a kennel, fridge for meds, vet table, sink area with hot running water, the vehicle was kindly donated to DOTS to help further our reach and capabilities into 2018 and beyond. As followers of DOTS will know, until now, we have been carrying out a number of regular static street stations as well as almost daily on-foot outreach or responding to calls from our homeless doggy owners in need of help at any time of day. Michelle and other team members have then bundled up their own cars to the brim with supplies in order to give the support needed. In winter at our street stations we have also experienced light issues as the sun sets so early, making things that little bit trickier in attending the doggies. But now, with our wonderful...
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Dear Santa Paws…The good dog Christmas prezzie wishlist & donation link

Dear Santa Paws…The good dog Christmas prezzie wishlist & donation link

Here at DOTS, we think all of our doggies have been good girls and boys this year and we'd love nothing more than for Santa Paws to bring them loads of much needed goodies this Christmas time. Could you help us to make their Christmases merrier and brighter? You could help Santa out by heading to our Paypal link here and donating a few pounds. Let's help Santa Paws come to town, we've drafted him the letter below so he can get his elves to it! Dear Santa Paws, We have over a 100 doggies who we think have made the 'nice' list this year. From smiley Babe to cheeky and playful Roxy and we'd love it if you could fill your sack with some of the items below to make their doggy Christmas dreams come true. So as you fly high over the streets of London, maybe you could make a special stop or two as our friends try to sleep on the cold, hard...
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More furry faces register with DOTS…

More furry faces register with DOTS…

Every few weeks that pass, DOTS will meet and register even more street dogs in order to keep them safe and well supported moving forward during their lives on the streets. Whether via the team taking to the streets to introduce themselves to the homeless and their best friends or newbies turning up to one of the street stations through word of mouth, the numbers just keep growing. In the last couple of weeks alone, a further five doggies have been registered to DOTS care. So shall we meet these gorgeous furbabies? Poppy Poppy was found during the DOTS team Christmas night out! There's nothing that stops this team, even when they are dressed in sequins! Via some high heeled on foot outreach, the vet team checked her over and she was left with a new snuggly coat, some food bowls and of course lots of doggy grub. As we often see with dogs living on the streets, many are fed human food which is...
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Thank you to the Big Dog Bed Company

Thank you to the Big Dog Bed Company

Comfort is something our growing number of street doggies don’t get much of. Whilst they are happy to cosy up to their homeless owners on whatever cushioning they can find, what better than a soft and cosy doggy bed? We were recently made and sent two customised doggy beds by the generous people at The Big Dog Bed Company that we are going to try out first on a couple of our dogs who are lucky enough to be in homeless hostels with their owners but that are still not used to home comforts. We think they will love them and never look back! Thank you to The Big Dog Bed Company! Team DOTS x To find out more about The Big Dog Bed Company, follow the links below… http://www.bigdogbedcompany.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/BigDogBedCompany https://twitter.com/BDBCo ...
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Thank you to Freak Meowt

Thank you to Freak Meowt

As regular followers of DOTS will know, it’s not just the doggy variety of four legged friends we support. At our regular services at homeless hostels, including the Salvation Army, we also see and treat the feline kind. So we were made up when we recently received a lovely package of goodies for cats from the kind folks at Freak Meowt.  Based in Wales, Freak Meowt make gorgeous handmade catnip toys, for the coolest cats in town… We think our kitty friends will be bowled over by these treats. Thank you so much Freak Meowt! Team DOTS x Find out more about Freak Meowt by clicking the links below… www.instagram.com/freakmeowtcatnip/ www.notonthehighstreet.com/freakmeowt www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FreakMEOWt twitter.com/freak_meowt ...
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Thank you to Lily’s Kitchen

Thank you to Lily’s Kitchen

Wowee! Where to start with this thank you… As winter starts to creep in, DOTS really does rely on donations to help support our growing number of street dogs through the bitter months. One way to ensure they are well looked after aside from providing warmth, is to make sure that their furry bellies are at least full of nutritious doggy food. DOTS works so hard with the dog owners to educate them as to the need for dog food for their best friends, when some have been used to just getting their hands on anything they can to keep them full, including human food. So we were absolutely delighted to receive an amazing haul from Lily’s Kitchen recently! Wet food, dried food and of course, some doggy advent calendars! Check out this video on our Instagram to see just how unreal the donation was…over 1000 trays of dog food. So, so very grateful. The doggies and their owners send Lily’s Kitchen a great big...
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Thank you to Pooch and Mutt

Thank you to Pooch and Mutt

With DOTS going from strength to strength, registering more doggies each and every week, the need for quality dog food to hand out in our essentials bags becomes even more important. So we were blown away when we received 2 big boxes recently of dried food pouches from the lovely peeps at Pooch and Mutt! Yummy free-run chicken and sweet potato grub, perfect for our four-legged street friends…In excellent grab size pouches so that the homeless doggy owners aren't struggling to carry them about too.  Thank you so much Pooch and Mutt! Team DOTS x Find out more about Pooch and Mutt on the links below… http://www.poochandmutt.com/ https://www.facebook.com/poochandmutt https://www.instagram.com/poochandmutt/ https://twitter.com/poochandmutt ...
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Thank you to Yellow Dog UK

Thank you to Yellow Dog UK

Some doggies, like humans, sometimes just need a little bit of space. Some are overwhelmed by being with other doggies, some don't like to be approached and handled by unfamiliar people. This is never truer than for homeless doggies who apart from their beloved owners, are quite often unsure of who to trust. So we were absolutely thrilled when the kind people of Yellow Dog UK donated us a big box of their doggy bandanas that clearly read I NEED SPACE on them, warning people to consider the dogs needs before approaching them. These are perfect for our street dogs and helps give them a voice. Modelled beautifully below by our very own Poppy, we have started to hand these out to our furry street friends. Thank you Yellow Dog UK! Team DOTS x Find out more about Yellow Dog UK on the links below… www.yellowdoguk.co.uk www.instagram.com/yellowdoguk www.facebook.com/YellowDogUk www.twitter.com/YellowDogUK ...
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Meet some of the new furry faces of DOTS!

Meet some of the new furry faces of DOTS!

It’s been a busy few weeks for DOTS, as ever, but we thought instead of giving you the normal rundown of the recent stations, that we’d introduce you to a few of the new furiends that we've made along the way instead! It’s a toughy isn't it. On the one hand we are so thrilled to have more street dogs registered to us week on week, meaning we can keep track of them and their health and needs regularly. But it also goes to show that this homeless crisis is still thriving, something DOTS would love to see on the decline. But for now we are safe in the knowledge that the more that are registered with us, the better. We’ll provide as much care and support to them and their owners as we can, especially as winter creeps in. On that note, could you donate a little dosh to put towards a winter doggy coat or blanket? If you can, please head...
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