MILTON, ON, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Veterinarians, veterinary clinic staff
and pet owners across Ontario will come together during the month of
October to help low-income pet owners pay for the necessary veterinary
care for the pets that mean the world to them.
In its eleventh year, the Farley Foundation has brought pet owners from
across Ontario together by creating a program through which people in
need can receive assistance when their beloved pets suddenly face an
illness or injury. The Farley Foundation assists low-income pet owners
by subsidizing the non-elective/emergency veterinary care of the pets
that mean the world to them.
"As veterinarians, we recognize that the cost of veterinary care,
depending on the procedure or treatment required, can be high for those
who are on a limited income," says Dr. Mark Gemmill, President of the
Farley Foundation. "For people who live on restricted incomes, the
decision to forego groceries or antibiotics for their dog who has just
contracted a serious illness can be a very stressful situation," says
Dr. Gemmill. "The Farley Foundation was created by Ontario
veterinarians to help alleviate the cost of veterinary bills for people
in our communities who are struggling to make ends meet."
With more than 4,300 people in need and sick/injured pets assisted to
date, the Farley Foundation has been successful both because of
empathizing pet owners, and a committed veterinary community whose
veterinarians, veterinary technicians, support staff and volunteers go
to great lengths to treat the pets, apply for funding on behalf of pet
owners, and help promote the Farley Foundation.
This October, nearly 300 veterinary clinics across the province will
participate in the 2013 P&G Pet Care Fundraise for Farley Month
campaign. Throughout the annual campaign, veterinary practices hold a
variety of awareness and fundraising events like dog walk-a-thons,
raffles, trivia or comedy nights and open houses. Pet owners are
encouraged to visit their local veterinary clinic this month to
purchase Farley Foundation dog tug toys and cat jingle balls. P&G Pet
Care has also donated 6,000 dog bag dispensers to the campaign.
The 2012 campaign raised over $224,000 - enough to help 546 sick or
injured pets receive necessary veterinary care! The campaign is
generously sponsored by P&G Pet Care, manufacturer of IAMS, IAMS
Veterinary Formula and Eukanuba pet foods.
To view a list of participating clinics and their cities, please visit: http://bit.ly/1513t4H
To view a listing of the exciting events in support of the Farley
Foundation across Ontario, please visit: http://bit.ly/151Kdo6
Can't make it to a clinic? Read about the people and pets we've helped to date, find more details
about the Farley Foundation or make a donation directly at www.farleyfoundation.org
Established in 2002 by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the
Farley Foundation assists low-income pet owners by subsidizing the
non-elective veterinary care of the pets that mean the world to them.
Applications for Farley Foundation funding are made through veterinary
clinics. Anyone concerned about the health of their pets should seek
the assistance of their regular veterinarian.
Eligibility: Seniors receiving Guaranteed Income Supplement, disabled individuals
receiving either the Ontario Disability Support Payment or CPP
Disability, Ontario Works recipients, pets belonging to seniors' care
facilities, and women at risk of abuse (SafePet participants). Other
conditions apply. For full details, speak with your veterinarian or
SOURCE: The Farley Foundation
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