A TEAM of vets from a York practice have volunteered to help the pets of homeless people in the city.

The team from Minster Veterinary Practice - which has surgeries in Copmanthorpe, Haxby, Willow Grove, Tower Court and Crockey Hill - are working with an organisation called Street Paws, and once a month provide basic treatments to those in need, including free health checks, medication, microchips and flea and worm protection.

Emma Darling, practice manager, said: "We are delighted to be involved in such a fantastic programme. For many homeless people, their pets are all they have, but accessing vital veterinary care can prove very difficult and frightening, with many fearing their pets will be taken off them. We are here to change this and build up trust with the owners, reassuring them that our team are here to help.

Street Paws was set up in April 2016 and now has 130 veterinary staff at five monthly sessions across the UK.