Animal Trust launches £2m crowdfunding campaign

The group, which is set up as a community interest company, has launched its new bond offer on the Triodos Crowdfunding platform

Animal Trust has announced it is looking to raise £2m of investment crowdfunding to help expand its services in England and Wales.

The group, which is set up as a community interest company, has launched its new bond offer on the Triodos Crowdfunding platform. 

Animal Trust said its mission is to “make good veterinary treatment more affordable and accessible for pet owners earning the Real Living Wage”. 

In light of this, it reportedly seeks to open sites in areas where the available veterinary services are too expensive for local residents. It targets locations that are either within, or accessible to, lower earning individuals and families and currently operates across Cheshire, North Wales, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Shropshire and Yorkshire.

Animal Trust added that its priority is the “health and care of the animals that they see”. It also provides free consultations for sick and injured animals brought to the surgeries, to ensure that pets are seen as soon as they become ill.

Owen Monie, CEO of Animal Trust, said: “We believe that pet ownership isn’t just for the wealthy and every animal deserves access to experienced and professional veterinary care as soon as they become ill. 

“We aim for someone who earns the Real Living Wage to be able to afford care for their pet at Animal Trust. We run our business for our customers and our staff and do it as sustainably as we can. In the near future, we also hope to become the first B Corps certified veterinary business in the UK.”

Jeremy Pannell, corporate finance manager at Triodos Bank UK, added: “The cost of looking after pets can be prohibitive for families on lower incomes, which is why we are delighted to be supporting Animal Trust to raise finance to grow its services. The organisation really does walk the talk by running the social enterprise sustainably and putting stakeholders front and centre.

“In addition to making its high-quality services affordable to those on lower incomes, Animal Trust has also been an enthusiastic backer of the Kickstart scheme helping 16- to 24-year-olds gain work experience and move into apprenticeships. We are really pleased to be helping them raise the finance they need to grow.”

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