A new £2m pet hospital will be named after a married philanthropists whose donation pushed the fundraising total over the halfway mark.
The PDSA Pet Hospital Appeal is raising funds to replace the charity’s current Bute Street hospital in Cardiff by the end of the year.
It comes after the hospital – which makes more than 50,000 treatments a year – saw a huge 45% spike in demand for services in the city since 2006.
But they have been helped towards their target by heart surgeons and animal lovers Marian and Christina Ionescu, who have made a “significant”, but undisclosed, donation.
By way of thanks, the charity has revealed the new hospital will be officially known as Cardiff PDSA PetAid hospital, The Marian and Christina Ionescu Centre.
Cardiff PDSA’s senior veterinary surgeon, Angela Heeley, said it was a “fantastic” gesture.
She said: “To receive such a major contribution towards the new hospital appeal is a great boost for local pets.
“There is still a long way to go until we can cover the cost of the new hospital but this donation is a fantastic step in the right direction.”
PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity, providing free veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of people in need.
Marian and Christina Ionescu have supported the charity since the 1980s.
Originally from Romania, pioneering heart specialist Marian has won World Health Organisation (WHO) recognition for his work in several countries, including the UK and US.
He is also an inventor of an array of surgical devices, including heart valves.
Christina worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon before retiring.
PDSA first came to Cardiff in 1948 when it opened a dispensary in City Road.
It remained there for 10 years before moving to Clare Road in 1958 and the service relocated to the current premises on Bute Street in 1979, where it is now struggling to cope with demand.
The charity receives no government or National Lottery funding and relies entirely on public support to fund its PetAid services.
For more information about the fundraising for the new Cardiff PetAid hospital visit www.pdsa.org.uk/build
or call free on 0800 0199 004.