Derby PDSA honoured with MONOPOLY square

13 October 2016

Derby PDSA Pet Hospital is to star on the new official MONOPOLY board game for the city – the local vet charity will receive its very own Community Chest square when the board is released this Friday (14 October).

PDSA was voted onto the board in a Derby MONOPOLY charity poll held earlier this year, and is one of two charities to be featured on the most recent local edition of the iconic game.

Aimee Labbate, Senior Vet at Derby PDSA Pet Hospital, said: “We are all incredibly excited about PDSA featuring on the new Derby MONOPOLY board. We’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who voted for us.

“It’s wonderful to know that so many local people value the help we have provided over the decades. We are honoured to be at the heart of such a proud and caring community and feel it is very fitting that we will now feature on our very own Community Chest square.”

PDSA is the UK’s leading vet charity, providing 2.7 million treatments to sick and injured pets every year through its 51 pet hospitals across the UK. The Derby PDSA Pet Hospital sees around 100 pets every day and delivers over 50,000 treatments every year, providing a vital lifeline for local pets and their owners.

Ben Thompson from Winning Moves UK – developers of the MONOPOLY: Derby Edition board under license from Hasbro – said: "A very big congratulations to PDSA for making it onto the board, along with the Maria Hanson foundation. The Derby MONOPOLY charity poll was extremely popular and thank you to everyone who made nominations.”

The famous MONOPOLY counters include the top hat, the old boot, the Scottie dog and the battleship. The Scottie dog became a ‘mover’ in the 1950’s, the cat more recently following a worldwide poll in 2013.

When the new Derby MONOPOLY board is released both the dog and cat playing pieces will feature. Vet Aimee added: “All of us here at Derby PDSA are huge animal lovers and dedicated to providing top quality care for people’s pets, so there might be a bit of a dispute as to who gets to play the Scottie dog and the cat pieces in our first game!” 

PDSA has been caring for pets in Derby for nearly 60 years. It first came to the city in 1957, when a dispensary opened in Abbey Street.  The service relocated to 186 Normanton Road in 1976 before moving to its current premises at 200 City Gate, London Road, in 2001.

The charity strives to improve all pets’ lives through education, preventive care and emergency treatment.