Supporting the Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service

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The Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) is a charity that has been running for more than 28 years, and rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured, orphaned or trapped wild animals and birds, and then releases them back into the wild once they have recovered.

The service, which is delivered by June and Barry Smitherman, was founded in 1985 and has been a voluntary service ever since. They are officially recognised (and frequently called upon) by the RSPCA, Metropolitan Police, Hertfordshire Police, Essex Police, the London Borough of Enfield, and many other organisations.

Unfortunately, the WRAS receives no funding and they rely solely on public donations and visitors to the centre, and that’s why we are so pleased to be able to offer our support when they need it most.

How do we help?

Our practices based in Enfield, Mansfield Cottage, Cockfosters, Finchley, Muswell Hill and Hendon help save the lives of injured wildlife by making their facilities available, free of charge, for X-rays (including MRI and CT), operations, and general help.

Former Medivet partner and veterinary surgeon, John Gladstone, retired from Medivet in 2012 and now volunteers 2–3 days a week at the WRAS where the animals are treated.

They have a small hospital where John can perform operations and small procedures, but as they rely heavily on donations, they need huge financial help in order to acquire better facilities.

And this is where we step in to help. John takes injured animals to our practices for specific veterinary attention, and provides our staff with the opportunity to learn about the treatment of British wildlife, whilst John uses the team and their state-of-the-art facilities for basic and advanced veterinary care.

Sadly, the WRAS have to make life and death decisions because of a lack of money and it’s not very nice, but our practices are always very obliging and extremely happy to offer their services to the WRAS in order to help them care for and treat wild animals. 

All donations, no matter how small, are gratefully welcomed by the WRAS, and the funds are used for food, nursing care, and the rehabilitation of wild animals and birds, as well as the maintenance of their housing.

If you would like to make a contribution to the health and welfare of future wild animals, please feel free to make a donation by visiting Your kindness and generosity will be very much appreciated.

Posted August 9, 2016 by Cara Zaleski in Press

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