We are great supporters of the work of both national and local animal charities.
The PDSA PetAid scheme allows needy pet owners in Dover, Folkestone and Deal to get reduced veterinary treatment for illness or injury for their pet from any of our branches. The scheme is available for those in receipt of either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit, and who live in postcode areas CT14 in Deal, CT15 - CT17 in Dover, and CT20 - CT21 in Folkestone. If you think you may be eligible, collect a blue form from one of our surgeries, complete and return it to us enclosing documentary proof of the eligible benefit and a Postal Order for £7.00 payable to the PDSA (please note that cheques cannot be accepted). You will be contacted to arrange a free of charge health check as your pet must be registered as healthy when joining. For this reason it is vital that you register for the scheme as early as possible - before your pet needs treatment. Further information can be found on the PDSA website or by calling the PetAid helpline on 01915 144353.
Since Burnham House first began we have provided veterinary staff for the RSPCA Clinic in Folkestone. The Clinic is open from 2 - 2.45pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and provides reduced-cost veterinary treatment for owners in receipt of: State Pension; Incapacity Benefit; Jobseeker's Allowance; Housing Benefit; Income Support; or Bereavement Benefit. You will need to take proof of eligibility with you; the consult fee is £7.00 and limited medications are available at a reduced price. The Clinic is at 21 Grace Hill, Folkestone (next to the RSPCA charity shop and opposite Folkestone Library); contact 01303 242433.
RSPCA Welfare Cases
As well as staffing the RSPCA Clinic, we also deal with the RSPCA Inspectorate to attend possible cases of animal cruelty. Regrettably such cases are not uncommon and our vets follow through these cases, acting as professional witnesses in court if necessary. Recent work with inspectors has included the investigation of illegally-captured tortoises and smuggled birds. We also work with the Port of Dover, Trading Standards and Kent Police on very diverse cases.
British Divers' Marine Life Rescue
Sea mammals, particularly common and grey seals, are frequently found sick or orphaned off the coast of Kent and we have developed excellent facilities for their care. Young seals are often treated then moved to one of the RSPCA's facilities to rehabilitate seals then returned to the wild. We also provide veterinary support for stranding incidents around the coast including porpoises and whales. Several of our vets are trained in specialist marine mammal techniques and act as volunteer medics for the BDMLR.
Updated 04/04/12 hp