In 2009, our small animal clinic was established with state of the art facilities at our base in Inchicore, Dublin 8. The opening of that clinic, complemented by our mobile clinics, has made an immeasurable difference to so many communities across Dublin and without our support, many families would struggle with providing necessary care and assistance for their pets. Today, our clinic services have expanded to ten locations across Dublin each week day evening, locations such as Cabra, Tallaght, Blanchardstown, Crumlin, Ballyfermot, Ballybrack, Smithfield, Walkinstown, Finglas and Donnycarney. Where pets require more comprehensive clinical examinations and treatments, they are referred to our Inchicore clinic.
A practical and caring approach is at the heart of our clinical work and our veterinary team provide information and support to our clients, educating on how to be a responsible pet owner and ensuring precious pets have a happy and healthy life. Since our foundation, well over half a million family pets have been treated and demand for affordable veterinary care continues to grow every year. In 2017, our clinical team had almost 27,000 pet visits covering all aspects of veterinary care including health-checks, x-rays, blood tests, microchipping, neutering and other surgical procedures.
In addition to our small animal work, we operate a horse ambulance service that attends all Irish racecourses and events, working closely with veterinary surgeons to assist injured horses.
The Irish Blue Cross rely heavily on donations from the public and the goodwill of supporters to continue our work. With the loyal support of many volunteers, we host an action-packed calendar of fundraising events each year including the very popular Bark in the Park™ sponsored dog walk, flag days, collections and appeals. All donation towards our on-going work are always welcome.
Pets need our help. So we need yours too.