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PDSA is to limit free care to one pet per household in a bid to save £1.8 million.
The charity says that since 2008, demand for its services has increased by around 50 per cent and it has been using charity reserves to meet the ‘unprecedented demand’.
The move was announced last week by the charity who said it had to take the measures in order to meet its aims of preventing illness, educating pet owners and treating sick animals with its available funds.
The charity is also withdrawing its Pet Treatment Fund, a service that provides a discretionary contribution towards a pet’s treatment for clients that fall outside of PDSA’s practices catchment areas.