Royal Canin Fundraise for Farley Month aims to help thousands of sick and injured pets

MILTON, ON, Sept. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Nearly 350 veterinary practices across Ontario will participate in the 2014 Royal Canin Fundraise for Farley Month. The campaign, which runs during the month of October, is the largest fundraiser for the Farley Foundation and assists pet owners in need with veterinary medical care of their sick and injured pets.

With a record high number of veterinary practices participating in Royal Canin Fundraise for Farley Month, the campaign hopes to see an increase over its 2013 fundraising total of $243,000. Those interested in contributing to the campaign can visit a local veterinary clinic to make a donation or to purchase a Farley Foundation lanyard and make a difference in the lives of people and pets in need.

"We know that there are enormous emotional and physiological benefits to having a pet," says Dr. Mark Gemmill, President of the Farley Foundation. "The Farley Foundation aims to assist those who most benefit from pet ownership by subsidizing their pets' veterinary care so that they can enjoy the companionship of their pets for as long as humanely possible."

Since 2002, the Farley Foundation has disbursed over $2.2 million to assist more than 5,500 sick and injured pets in need. The Foundation's success is due in part to partnerships with companies like Royal Canin that share the Foundation's passion for pets and supporting the people who care for them. The Farley Foundation is proud to partner this year with its platinum and title sponsor, Royal Canin Canada, and its Gold sponsor Petsecure Pet Health Insurance.

"Royal Canin is proud to support people and pets in need through its partnership with the Farley Foundation," says Dr. Johanne Pelletier, Director of Scientific & Corporate Affairs at Royal Canin. "Like the Farley Foundation, Royal Canin is committed to working with the veterinary profession to promote the health and wellbeing of pets."

One hundred per cent of receipt-able donations made to the Farley Foundation goes directly to subsidizing the non-elective veterinary care of sick or injured pets belonging to pet owners in need.

For more information about Royal Canin Fundraise for Farley Month, to make an online donation or to find a list of participating veterinary clinics, visit www.farleyfoundation.org.

About the Farley Foundation
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. 

About Royal Canin
Royal Canin is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of high quality, specialized dog and cat foods in the veterinary, pet specialty and breeder channels. Its headquarters are in France and production operations exist in 12 countries around the world, including the Canadian plant based in Guelph, Ontario.

About Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
Over the past 25 years, Petsecure has led the marketplace in providing Canadian pet owners with innovative coverage to meet the diverse needs of their pets. As Canada's oldest and largest pet health insurance company, Petsecure offers comprehensive, veterinarian-recommended coverage for dogs and cats of all breeds and ages.

Funding Eligibility
Seniors receiving Guaranteed Income Supplement, disabled individuals receiving 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 visit www.farleyfoundation.org.

Image with caption: "Fundraise for Farley Month (CNW Group/Ontario Veterinary Medical Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140930_C2887_PHOTO_EN_6133.jpg

SOURCE: Ontario Veterinary Medical Association

For further information: Nadia Vercillo, Manager of Development & Public Relations, 1.800.670.1702 ext. 32, nvercillo@farleyfoundation.org

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