Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus officially opened the newly refurbished PDSA PetAid hospital in Shamrock Street Glasgow.
Michelle said: “PDSA does wonderful work providing expert care for the pets of people in need. This fantastic hospital will make a huge difference to thousands of local people and their pets, and I am delighted to have been asked to open it.”
The PetAid hospital recently underwent a £290,000 refurbishment, supported by animal lovers throughout Scotland and beyond. The modernisation has seen the internal layout of the hospital completely re-designed, increasing the number of veterinary consulting rooms from four to seven – making it the largest PDSA facility in the UK. The new and improved hospital also houses a digital X-ray room, a laboratory, separate recovery wards for cats and dogs, a remodelled reception area and adispensary.
PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Kay Falconer, said: “This hospital has been transformed and we are absolutely delighted with it. It may not look radically different from the outside, but inside it is home to new and improved facilities, which enable us to treat even more poorly pets in superb surroundings.
“We rely on public support to develop and run these vital facilities, so we want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has made donations and supported the refurbishment.”
The charity’s Shamrock Street PetAid hospital first opened its doors to pet patients in 1976. Last year the hospital’s veterinary team provided more than 64,000 free treatments to local pets. But the increasing need for PDSA services in the area meant the PetAid hospital urgently needed this refurbishment to cope with the rise in demand.
To be eligible for PDSA-funded treatment at one of Glasgow’s two PDSA PetAid hospitals (Shamrock Street or East Glasgow), pet owners must be in receipt of either Council Tax Benefit or Housing Benefit and live within postcode areas G1 to G5, G11 to G15, G20 to G23, G31 to G34, G40 to G46, G51 to G53, G60 to G62, G64 to G69, G71 to G78 (G74 to G78), G81 to G82, G83 (Alexandria, Balloch, Bonhill and Jamestown only), ML1 to ML7, PA1 to PA8.