Bisto the dog raised £50k for sick pets
A little dog from Glasgow has been heralded crème of the fundraising crop by vet charity PDSA, after she helped raise over £48,000 for poorly pets in the area.
Bisto the crossbreed from Bearsden in Glasgow received a special award from vets at the charity for her fundraising work in the city over the past ten years.
Bisto, who will be 20 years old in October, started fundraising for PDSA when she stayed with dog sitter and long-term PDSA supporter, Julie Gillespie.
Julie (83), from East Kilbride, said: “I was minding Bisto for her owner Muriel while she was on her summer holiday and had planned to do some fundraising with the group at Glasgow Central. Not wanting to leave Bisto alone, I brought her with me and our takings doubled! She is a real people dog – everyone is so drawn to her – they can’t resist those puppy dog eyes! We get so many people coming over to say hello to her when we are in the station and more often than not, they stick a few pence in our bucket for the privilege!
“Because Bisto was such a hit and she enjoyed it so much, we decided to make her a regular attraction whenever we fundraised at the station and ten years on, she is still going strong!”
The fundraising group says that with Bisto’s help, they netted an average of £600 in one day for the charity, which has two Pet Hospitals in the city, treating over 300 pets every day.
Vet Hannah McIvor from PDSA’s Glasgow Shamrock Street Pet Hosptial, presented Bisto with her award. She said: “Bisto has made an outstanding contribution to PDSA and has raised a staggering amount of money for poorly pets locally. It costs over £2.3 million to run our two hospitals each year, so the work of the fundraising group is vital to making sure that we can continue to provide our service to the pets that need it most.”
PDSA fundraiser Brenda Smith, said: “Bisto is a hairy fundraising hero and has helped the Glasgow team raise almost £50,000 for poorly pets. We are so proud of her and wish her a very happy 20th Birthday – that’s 140 in dog years!”
PDSA is the UK’s leading vet charity and has 51 Pet Hospitals across the UK, treating over 470,000 pets a year.
To find out how you can fundraise for PDSA, visit www.pdsa.org.uk/fundraising or call Brenda on 01952 797 224.