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The Trusty Paws Clinic

680. Ruby Shorrock

Ruby Shorrock, a vet from Glasgow, was just 22 years old and a student vet when she set up The Trusty Paws Clinic to care for homeless people’s dogs.

Ruby’s clinics are run by student vets and offer free monthly drop in sessions to ensure dogs stay healthy under the supervision of the recently qualified founding vets. The clinics operate out of homeless centres so that owners can get support for themselves as well as help from the vets.

Ruby now runs clinics in London as well as Glasgow. She has treated over 300 dogs and is fundraising to be able to carry out ever more complex treatments.


In a personal letter to Ruby, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“’The Trusty Paws Clinic’ is a tremendous initiative ensuring dogs belonging to homeless people are well cared for and providing an opportunity for their owners to access support.”

Ruby said:

“I’m really honoured to win the award. I’d like to dedicate it to all of the Trusty Paws team in Glasgow and London. It’s not a one woman show, they make all the magic happen. I’m eternally grateful to everyone who has helped.”


The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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