Statement from the Animal Health Trust on 23rd March, 2020

This is a long post but we feel an incredibly important one…

We have been overwhelmed and incredibly moved by so many messages of support and offers of donations. At this point, we need considerable sums, and additional longer-term funding, if the charity is to continue.

Many individuals have asked how or where to donate, but we feel it would be disingenuous if we took donations from you now and the funds raised are still insufficient to save the AHT, and it subsequently closes.

In this scenario, it feels wrong to accept this funding as we would not be able to return it. We are currently exploring several other options.

The best way you can help us now is by helping us spread the word about why we are such a vital resource to animal welfare. Please help us tell our story by sharing this post, in the hope that a wealthy individual, corporate or person of influence sees it and can help us.

To inspire you, here are just five reasons we are so special:

  1. Our infectious disease surveillance work in horses is unparalleled – our disease surveillance team protects the world’s equine population from the threat of infectious disease. No-one else is doing this work, and whether it’s global reporting through the International Collating Centre, reporting to, and for, Defra, or providing advice to the expert surveillance panel, our work is vital in protecting the health of horses…

  2. We are a unique information resource – from virus and bacteria isolates dating back 50 years, to DNA samples for every registered Thoroughbred in the UK, we hold in storage vital data for tackling disease. No-one else has this wealth of knowledge and losing it would cause enormous impact across the globe…

  3. We house the UK’s largest canine genome bank which holds the entire genomes of 89 dogs from 77 different breeds. This resource is hugely important to dog health. Without it, the process to develop DNA tests to tackle cruel inherited diseases slows causing a massive impact on the health of generations of dogs…

  4. We have pioneered the use of HDR brachytherapy in horses, to treat sarcoids and other tumours around the eye. We are the only clinic to offer this treatment – without us, hundreds of horses will lose access to their best chance of a long and healthy life…

  5. We are the only UK charity with a dedicated research programme tackling cancer in dogs. The disease affects one in four dogs and without our research, many more dogs will suffer untimely deaths…

This is just a handful of examples of why the Animal Health Trust charity is vital to animal welfare. Many of you have shared with us touching and inspiring stories of how both our clinics have helped your pets. We have unparalleled knowledge and expertise that simply cannot be replaced.

If the Animal Health Trust closes, the world loses an irreplaceable and vital tool for keeping our animals healthy and protected.

We genuinely thank you for your very generous offer of help, it really does keep us going knowing people out there are willing to offer help at this really difficult time.

Please help us now by sharing this post. Thank you.

(From the Animal Health Trust Facebook page)