Thousands of British pets are facing a brighter future with news that animal charity PDSA has today been awarded £500,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery. The cash boost will be used by the charity's vets and nurses to extend vital treatment and education programmes across the UK.

Last year alone, over 470,000 pet owners turned to PDSA for help to care for their pets, a figure that has risen by more than 50% in recent years. Annually, it costs over £60 Million to run PDSA's charitable service, all of which is funded entirely by public support and reinforces the fact that the UK is a nation of animal lovers.

Jan McLoughlin, PDSA Director General, said, "We're delighted to receive this support from players of People's Postcode Lottery which will make a massive difference to pets' lives. Through our network of 50 pet hospitals and our education work in schools and in communities we're able to touch the lives of more pets than any other UK animal charity.

"Every single day our amazing team of vets and nurses work flat out to deliver not just life-saving treatment but also the vital advice and preventive care that gives all pets the chance of healthy, happy lives."

The funding will be used by PDSA to help support thousands of pets nationwide through education, prevention and treatment.

The charity will be joined at a special cheque presentation at Inverleith Park, Edinburgh today by members of Britain's Olympic silver medal winning curling squad, including captain David Murdoch, and People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador and singer Danyl Johnson.

Pet owners in the city are encouraged to take their dogs along for free pet health checks and advice from PDSA's PetCheck vehicle which will be situated in Inverleith Park today before moving on to Craigmillar Library car park tomorrow.

Last year alone, through its network of pet hospitals and its community education work, PDSA advised over 470,000 pet owners on how to look after their pets and carried out crucial treatments.

David Murdoch, Scottish curler and animal lover, said, "As the proud owner of a dog myself I know only too well the joy pets can bring to our lives. I think PDSA is an amazing charity and this funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery will safeguard the lives of thousands of adored pets."

Singer Danyl Johnson, who owns a spaniel called Darcie, said he was delighted for PDSA. "I have first-hand experience of PDSA's lifesaving work having visited one of their hospitals last year," he said. "The vets and nurses really are unsung heroes, helping all those sick and injured pets that have nowhere else to turn. I'm thrilled that this money is going to such a worthy cause."

Hazel Johnstone, Trusts Manager at People's Postcode Lottery, added, "People's Postcode Lottery raises funds for, and increases awareness of, charities and good causes. Pets are a huge part of people's lives and PDSA's work is a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of pets and their owners in the city and communities nationwide.

"We are delighted that our players are able to provide this support to PDSA, the UK's leading veterinary charity, to help its vital work."

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