While studying to be a Veterinarian at the University of Glasgow, Ruby Shorrack learned of a clinic in England that serves pets of the homeless population. Upon learning more about the program, she became inspired.
In fact, after graduating as a licensed veterinarian, she opened a free clinic of her own!
At the age of 22, Ruby opened Trusty Paws Clinics, Glasgow’s first program to treat homeless pets. Since 2014, Trusty Paws has been operating once a month out of a homeless clinic called The Simon Community.
And then she opened a second clinic in 2015 at the West London Mission.
The clinics are staffed by Ruby and veterinary students, and has offered free veterinary care to dogs of the homeless. The clinics are held monthly, and offer services such as vaccinations, microchipping, flea/worming treatment, dog care supplies, and referrals if more extensive treatment is needed.
Ruby is a big advocate for keeping dogs and their owners together. “We try to promote the human-animal bond because it isn’t recognized enough,” Ruby said. “Animals are good for people’s mental health, and the benefits as well as the responsibility and routine that comes from owning a pet outweigh those of giving them up.”
“We work to help them take care of their pets, because it’s more likely for them to get off the street together than it is if they’re apart,” she said.
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