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    Ontario Veterinarians Raise $110,000 to Assist Seniors, Disabled
    Individuals and Women at Risk of Abuse

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - The Farley Foundation will this week honour over
200 veterinary hospitals across Ontario for raising $110,000 to help seniors,
disabled individuals and women at risk of abuse(*) to access necessary
veterinary care for the pets that mean the world to them.
    The money was raised during a month-long campaign in October called
"Fundraise for Farley Month" aimed at increasing awareness and raising funds
to assist the Farley Foundation - a registered charity which subsidizes the
emergency veterinary care of pets belonging to seniors and disabled persons in
Ontario.
    Each year, veterinary practices from around the province, order free
fundraising kits which include posters, brochures, paw prints and a new item
in 2007 - Farley Foundation pet collar tags featuring one of the world's most
famous cartoon characters, Farley the English sheep dog from Lynn Johnston's
internationally syndicated comic strip, For Better or For Worse(R).
    Veterinary practices are encouraged to get creative with their annual
campaigns, using the kits as a starting point. Over the past few years,
veterinarians and their staff have come up with some great community-based
events, such as doggy walk-a-thons, a dog wash, dog Olympics, dog treat bake
sales, pet fairs, pet shows with pet/owner look-alikes contests, pet pedicure
parties, pet costume parties, pet fashion shows, Santa pet pictures, "Shave
Your Veterinarian's Head" raffles and teddy bear clinics.
    Top performers of the fundraiser are recognized with a tiered awards
system. Gold, silver and bronze 'Friends of Farley' will be honoured at an
awards ceremony in conjunction with the 2008 Ontario Veterinary Medical
Association(OVMA)'s Annual Conference & Trade Show.
    This year's top fundraiser, Park Road Veterinary Clinic from Brantford
raised $14,000 with a pet community fun fair. This is the third year in a row
that staff at the Park Road Veterinary Clinic raised the highest amount
(raising $10,000 in each of 2006 and 2007).

    
    This year's top fundraisers are:

    Gold Friends of Farley (raised at least $5,000)
        Park Road Veterinary Clinic, Brantford ($14,000)
        Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital, Kitchener ($5,035)
        Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital, Thunder Bay ($5,358)

    Silver Friends of Farley (raised at least $2,500)
        Harwood Pet Hospital, Ajax
        Algonquin Animal Hospital, Ottawa
        Green Bay Pet Hospital, Cloyne
        Gananoque Veterinary Clinic
        North Bay Animal Hospital, North Bay
        Fairmont Animal Hospital, London

    Bronze Friends of Farley (raised at least $1,000)
        Yorkwood Veterinary Clinic, Keswick
        Kleinburg Veterinary Hospital, Kleinburg
        Ayr Animal Hospital, Ayr
        Royal York Animal Hospital, Toronto
        Fletcher's Creek Animal Hospital, Brampton
        Callbeck Animal Hospital, Oshawa
        Baxter Animal Hospital, Sudbury
        Picton Animal Hospital, Picton
        Lynwood Animal Hospital, Nepean
        Markham Veterinary Clinic, Markham
        South Shore Veterinary Clinic, Keswick
        Parkdale Animal Hospital, Waterloo
        Welland Animal Hospital, Welland
        Avonlea Animal Hospital, Mississauga
        Gloucester Veterinary Hospital, Ottawa
        Lasalle Animal Clinic, Sudbury
        Laurelwood Veterinary Hospital, Waterloo
        BloorMill Veterinary Clinic, Etobicoke
        Island City Animal Hospital, Brockville
        Belleway Veterinary Hospital, Belleville
        Morgan Animal Hospital, Niagara Falls
        South Porcupine Animal Hospital, South Porcupine

    Farley Foundation Awards Ceremony

    The Farley Foundation will honour these top fundraisers at an awards
ceremony to be held during the 2008 OVMA Conference & Trade Show in Toronto.
Media must register on-site at the OVMA Registration Desk.

        When?       Friday, February 1, 12 noon
        Where?      Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto
    

    About Farley Foundation

    The Farley Foundation assists seniors (in receipt of the Federal
Guaranteed Income Supplement), disabled individuals (in receipt of the Ontario
Disability Support Payment or CPP Disability), and women at risk of abuse (who
are participating in OVMA's SafePet Program(*)) by subsidizing the cost of
non-elective veterinary care for their pets. Established in 2001 by OVMA, the
Foundation has distributed well over $300,000 to assist almost 1,100 pets. Pet
owners looking for assistance should speak directly with a veterinarian.

    About OVMA's SafePet Program

    OVMA's SafePet Program assists women at risk of abuse (and their
children) who are entering women's shelters to make the final decision to
leave abusive situations by providing temporary housing and care for their
pets while they are in women's shelters. Women seeking shelter, should contact
a local women's shelter or call 1.866.863.0511 (TTY 1.866.863.7868).
Individuals interested in becoming pet foster parents should contact a local
veterinarian or visit www.ovma.org for details.




For further information:

For further information: about the Farley Foundation or the above
release, please contact: Nadia Vercillo, Manager of Communications and Public
Relations, T. 1-888-262-9811, ext. 4, C. (416) 838-3925 or nvercillo@ovma.org

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