Dogs Trust

How we gave hope to best friends Ben and Karl

Karl and Ben on a sofa

Ben the Border Collie become Karl's companion a few years ago, when Karl's mum became too ill to care for the pet she'd had since he was a puppy.

The pair are inseparable, with Ben providing much needed relief and regular fresh air for Karl, who suffers with anxiety and depression. They had been sofa-surfing for around four years, before eventually settling at the St Petroc's Society in Truro, Cornwall – a hostel which also accepts dogs. It was there that Karl first spotted a nasty looking lump under Ben's chin.

Luckily, our Hope Project works closely with St Petroc's, and their staff gave Karl our Hope Veterinary Entitlement Card, as well as booking an appointment that same day with the City Road Veterinary Centre. At Dogs Trust we aim to help dogs whatever their circumstance. Our Hope Project provides free veterinary care for dogs belonging to homeless people and those in housing crisis.

The vet diagnosed the lump on Ben's chin and recommended that it needed to be removed straight away, which was covered under our Hope Project. Now that Ben is registered under the scheme, he will be able to receive his ongoing preventative care, such as vaccinations, flea and worming treatment, as well as being covered in case of any further concerns with his health.

Ben is now back to his old self and feeling much brighter, and not only cheers Karl up every day, but also helps lift the mood of many of the hostel's other residents too.

Karl tells us,

"Ben is my best friend, he is always putting a smile on people's faces and cheering everyone up. Ben and I are eternally thankful to Dogs Trust for helping with his care."

Karl and Ben

How our Hope Project works

Our Hope Project provides help with the cost of veterinary treatment for dog owners who are homeless.

By working closely with homelessness organisations and hostels, not to mention hundreds of kind-hearted vets, we're able to make the world of difference to some very poorly dogs just like Ben – and the owners who love them. Last year, we provided 467 dogs with emergency preventative care.

Find out more about our Hope Project >