We had posted this before (DOTS of London) and wanted to help our friend Sara Abbott with her campaign to raise money for DOTS.
Living in London we see homeless people on the streets – and often they have their best friend sitting along side them. And this is why Sara have chosen to support DOTS – stands for Dogs on the Streets.
Why are we doing this? Our dogs love us, whatever we do and where ever we go, so long as we go together. It’s damn hard living rough whether human or dog, each finding themselves on the streets for a million different reasons. For dogs in good relationships with their owners DOTS provide on street vet care, grooming, food, leads and coats and toys, a place once a week where they can come and pamper the dogs. In a life as hard as theirs it’s a safe and friendly break, a place the dogs have all the attention. Any serious dog medical issues are managed, dental care, training and even operations requiring ‘bed rest’ have been arranged and hotel accommodation paid for so the dogs and their owners are off the streets for a few days to heal.
Michelle, the founder of DOTS London, through her other homeless outreach projects is also the first to hear of any dogs in serious trouble and can step in to change things. She was recently awarded care of a dog who was being passed round as a begging aid, being abused and frightened. She originally started providing essentials for the street dogs over five years ago, raising awareness and collecting donations via her original Twitter account @donatesox/@otslondon.
May’s comment: There are only three days left in Sara’s Just Giving Campaign! We’re hoping for a last minute rush on ticket sales. Each £5 donated means a chance to win an oil on canvas portrait of YOUR DOG worth £490 and every penny goes to help dogs living on the streets.
A million thanks if you’ve donated already, but Sara asked us to share one last time and see if we can push ourselves nearer the £2k target.
DOTS LONDON is the first independent voluntary ran street project that PROTECTS, CARES & SUPPORTS all street dogs covering the Borough of Westminster, Camden, Shoreditch, East and parts of North London, Michelle was the first to provide dog essentials to homeless people living on the streets of London. This was very much-needed and appreciated from the homeless community with dogs. As a result awareness grew and more grass-roots initiatives recognised the need for support with, and donations for street dogs.