There are many silent and hidden victims of the COVID-19 crisis; it is well publicised that the homeless community and victims of domestic violence must be supported, protected and cared for, however they are not the only victims. Many of these victims have pets and are put in a position where to take the available help from hostels or hotels they would have to abandon their pets and this where Dogs on the Streets (DOTS) steps in.
Marokka, the luxury design brand who are renowned for their geometric French bulldog sculpture FRANK, is delighted to announce its support for DOTS. DOTS is a voluntary run and not-for-profit charity which is dedicated to the welfare of dogs belonging to the UK’s homeless community and families in trauma, through the provision vet care, food, water, as well as offering foster care at their sanctuary to the dogs in times of need.
Through the COVID-19 crisis DOTS is continuing its service but with some adaptations:
Pet food is being delivered to locations from where it can be collected. It is important that our clients’ pets are on regular, reliable, healthy diets.
Vet care is now primarily emergency only. All of their stations are now closed except for The Strand, as London is such a huge source of need. But those who attend their other stations have their number and know that DOTS will refer them to supporting local veterinary practices. DOTS are able in some cases to conduct consultations by telephone, they can also deal with repeat prescriptions.
The DOTS 3 acre 64-kennel sanctuary is being used to support the rough sleepers’ dogs who have obtained emergency COVID-19 accommodation but cannot take their pets with them. This facility is open to UK wide rough sleepers.
DOTS is additionally supporting the London Ambulance Service by providing a fostering service within its sanctuary for pet owners that are hospitalised.
DOTS is also offering sanctuary places to the pets of NHS workers who need support in this difficult time.
DOTS continues to visit their rough sleeper clients, and those without pets too, who need basic humanitarian help such as food and water for themselves.
DOTS is led by Michelle Clark, who prior to the launch of DOTS back in 2017 had already been running a street outreach programme for 5 years, tending to the needs of the homeless with dogs, she has steadily built up a strong rapport and in-depth knowledge of their true needs.
DOTS provides a permanent and regular service for the homeless dog owning community, operating weekly in London as well as running regular services in other major UK cities with a view to expand even further.
DOTS has fully equipped mobile veterinary surgery vehicle allowing ease of access to dogs in need, ensuring all the essential items and services are provided for free each and every week, from food provisions, new harnesses and leads, as well as training and grooming sessions.
Michelle has been involved in a number of cases where she has been successful in getting homeless people and their dogs off the streets for good and hopes to do more of this in the future as she explains:
“The powerful bond between these owners and the dogs is inextricable- one is nothing without the other. Their dog is their lifeline and loyal companion. It is my belief that
every creature, human or canine, deserves a roof over their heads in a humane society.”
DOTS relies on donations to support the work they carry out. To find out more about how you can help, visit DOTS’ website: https://www.dogsonthestreets.org/donate
Charlotte Clout, Commercial Director of Marokka said:
“Supporting charities and good causes underpins everything we do at Marokka, the more I learn about the dedication and hard work of everyone at DOTS, the more I am compelled to offer our unwavering support through percentages of our profits of our signature sculpture Frank, as well as marketing and branding services.”