Plans for a ground-breaking Pet Wellbeing Centre in Manchester to treat pets in need have been unveiled today by PDSA.
The charity, which is celebrating its centenary year, has been caring for Manchester pets since 1925, when the first PDSA dispensary opened in the city.
The current PDSA Pet Hospital location in Old Trafford has been the charity’s home for over 40 years. Today, its vets and nurses treat nearly 12,000 pets every year, providing around 78,000 treatments, ranging from emergency life-saving surgery to routine vaccinations and dental operations.
But after years of treating sick and injured pets, the much-loved hospital, on Warwick Road South, has now reached breaking point and desperately needs replacing.
The £2.4 million ‘Wellbeing Centre’ will ensure PDSA can help the pets of Manchester residents for many years to come.
Vet Fiona continued: “It will enable us to provide the best treatment possible to pet patients, in state-of-the-art surroundings, long into the future.
“It will give us more consulting rooms, two operating theatres and a specialist dental theatre, meaning we have more capacity to help pets in need.
“It will also allow us to do more than just treat animals – we want it to become the heart of the Manchester pet community. Somewhere people can get advice and guidance on how to keep their best friends happy and healthy.”
Located in Gorton, the new Manchester PDSA Pet Wellbeing Centre will replace the current outdated facility within 18 months.
The facility will feature a bigger, brighter waiting area, with separate areas for cats and dogs, reducing the stress a visit to the vet can cause. It will also house improved kennel facilities to allow pets to recover quicker from surgery and treatment in a better environment, a diagnostic room, digital x-ray facilities, and more car parking.
PDSA is hoping the Wellbeing facilities will enable greater engagement with schoolchildren and the local community so we can contribute on them becoming responsible pet owners of the future.
The charity is hoping to begin building work on the new facility by the end of 2018 and open doors to pet patients by summer 2019.
For more information about the Pet Wellbeing Centre and how to get involved visit www.pdsa.org.uk/Manchester or call 0808 1645004