Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 08 - Poverty

The Cambridge Clinic

The RSPCA is not simply "the animal police". With 34 clinics and 172 branches which offer financial help for owners on low incomes, we are at least as much about helping owners to keep their animals and care for them properly as we are about preventing bad or incompetent owners from having animals.

The Cambridge RSPCA clinic at 1 Pool Way, Whitehill Road, Cambridge is open for general treatments on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and on Wednesdays for vaccinations, pre-neutering checks and stitch removals. We start booking people in at roughly 8.30 a.m. and don't accept any further bookings for the morning at 10.30 a.m. The vets begin examining animals just after 9 am.

Treatments are not free, but cost roughly a third of what a private vet would have to charge, and we accept anyone on means tested state benefits or very low income (defined as less than £200 per week household income). Proof of income status must be shown at each visit.

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