Despite the fact that nearly half of all households in the UK own pets, there are many animals out there without loving homes or the medical treatment they need. Thankfully, with the help of some wonderful organisations, it's possible for them to have the happy and healthy lives they deserve.
Animal charities encompass much more than rescue homes for mistreated pets, or centres for affordable pet healthcare. They can also be organisations that look after the natural habitats of native species, so that our countryside and all that live in it are protected for future generations.
There are many local charities and animal sanctuaries in Norwich and nearby that promote animal welfare, as well as providing rehoming or health services for abandoned pets. By playing People's Postcode Lottery, you'll automatically be raising money to fund their fantastic efforts.
If you live in Norwich, why not read on to discover some great organisations that are always in need of extra pairs of hands to continue their incredible work?
Animal Charities In Norwich That Need Your Help
Having started more than a century ago as a hospital for sick and injured animals, PDSA is now the country's largest veterinary charity. It has opened 48 hospitals across the UK and has dozens of charity shops (including one in Norwich) helping to raise funds.
PDSA can provide expert healthcare to pets in need, through their dedicated teams of vets, nurses and assistants. The organisation primarily offers people with lower incomes or in desperate situations with free or low-cost treatments for their pets. PDSA also promote pet welfare and responsible ownership by delivering advice and access to things like neutering, microchipping and vaccinations.
While Norwich does not yet have a PDSA Hospital, you could still show your support for this very worthy cause by volunteering to work a shift at the local charity shop, or by getting involved with its fundraising group in Norwich's charity events.
NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST
The Norfolk branch of the national Wildlife Trust charity runs various conservation projects as well as having five visitors' centres, including a bird breeding sanctuary. It actively tries to preserve the habitats of numerous species, from woodland creatures to birds, so that they can continue to thrive.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust is also committed to educating young people about the natural world, and it does this through events and school programmes. As well as becoming a member of the Wildlife Trust, you could show support by volunteering to help out with collection boxes or with preservation projects out in the wild.
Dogs Trust is a national charity that does fantastic work when it comes to rescuing and rehoming mistreated or unwanted dogs and puppies. It's a cause close to our players' hearts here at People's Postcode Lottery, and they've raised £9.5 Million for the charity to date.
You'll find a Dogs Trust rescue centre in Snetterton, about a half-hour drive from the heart of Norwich. All the charity's centres are run largely by volunteers and Dogs Trust is always on the lookout for more. Why not get in touch about opportunities? You could also sponsor a dog or offer to foster a pup in need while the centre is searching for their permanent home. However, these are not decisions that should be made lightly.
How Can You Show Your Support?
Have a look at our Local Causes directory for even more volunteering opportunities near you. Don't forget to sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery too, as you'll not only be in with a chance of winning, but you'll also be supporting some amazing charities across the UK.