Hundreds of animals in the North-east have benefited from a funding boost to a charity.
Funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery to pet charity PDSA has seen the organisation treat more than 500 emergency cases at one of its hospitals in Aberdeen.
The PDSA was able to treat 544 emergency cases throughout last year at its hospital in Fraser Place.
Nationally, the funding helped PDSA to see 71,000 pets brought to vets with emergency conditions that required immediate help.
Players of the People’s Postcode raised £255 million for good causes across the country – and since 2013 PDSA has received £5.5m.
It costs PDSA £60m a year to run its veterinary service.
Fiona Gregge, senior vet at Aberdeen PDSA Pet Hospital, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have enabled us to treat 544 pet emergency cases over the past year.
“This has included everything from pets suffering critical illnesses through to those involved in road traffic accidents, all of which require immediate help and support.
“At PDSA we aim to educate owners, prevent disease and carry out life-saving operations.
“With funding support we’ve been able to save hundreds of pets’ lives in Aberdeen, preventing suffering and despair through our pet A&E programme.”
Nationally, the donations also allowed the charity to purchase 34 items through a National Emergency Equipment Fund to repair or replace old clinical equipment.
The funding also meant 52 pet first aid courses were made possible – 12 of which were in Scotland – and equipped hundreds of people with potentially life-saving skills.
Senior vet for the PDSA Rebecca Ashman added: “We have received fantastic support from players this year, which has helped to secure a better future for thousands of pets in the city, as well as providing emergency care and life-saving equipment.
“For some pets, immediate assessment and diagnosis can be the difference between life and death.”