DOTS (Dogs On The Streets) is a voluntary run not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the welfare and rescue of London dogs belonging to the city’s homeless community. Set up in 2016 by Michelle Clark who had run an outreach programme tending to the needs of the homeless with dogs, she steadily built up a strong rapport and in depth knowledge of their true needs.
Via Michelle’s extensive work in this area, the true inspiration for DOTS came in the wagging-tailed shape of a very special street dog called Poppy who changed Michelle’s life forever. Poppy’s homeless dad was taken very ill and having heard about Michelle’s work made contact to see if she could help with Poppy’s welfare while he moved into accommodation to try and better his health. Michelle took Poppy on, welcoming her into her family (including numerous other furbabies!) like one of her own. And it was this bond that was formed with Poppy that sparked the desire in Michelle to do even more than she was for the homeless doggy owning community, to provide a more permanent and regular service.
DOTS operates weekly in London as well as running regular services in other major UK cities with a view to expand even further. With a fully equipped mobile veterinary surgery vehicle allowing ease of access to dogs in need, DOTS ensures all the essential items and services are provided for free each and every week. From food provisions to new harnesses and leads plus training and grooming sessions. Michelle has been involved in a number of cases where she has been successful in getting homeless people and their dogs off the streets for good and hopes to do more of this in the future, because every body, human or canine, deserves a roof over their heads
Wild at Heart Foundation run campaigns to support DOTS with donations of supplies from our followers of adopters and dog loving people. We have plans to work more closely alongside them to support their incredible work in the homeless community, including volunteering support and fundraising.