TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - In celebration of surpassing its first $1
million in disbursements to help people in need pay for the necessary
veterinary care of their pets, the Farley Foundation is asking all pet
owners and members of the media to spread the word about our amazing
charitable work through Facebook, Twitter and other social media
accounts with the following message:
"Help spread the word. The Farley Foundation has reached a major
milestone by disbursing its first $1million to help thousands of pets
across Ontario. Learn more at www.farleyfoundation.org"
"We've come a long way in a relatively short period of time," says Dr.
Mark Gemmill, President of the Farley Foundation. "When we first opened
our doors in 2002, we had hoped to provide Ontario veterinarians with
the opportunity to direct some of their benevolent work to assist the
neediest pet owners in our communities.
"Clearly, the Foundation has struck a chord with Ontarians who
understand the bond that exists between people and their pets. This has
given us the momentum and the financial ability to assist nearly 3,000
sick or injured pets belonging to people who benefit most from pet
ownership, including disabled individuals, seniors and women at risk of
Carole, an Ontario Disability Support Payment recipient, is just one of
many funding recipients who credits the Farley Foundation with helping
to save the life of her cat. "My best friend Rainbow, a 3-year-old
calico suddenly became very ill. I called the vet she had seen with a
previous owner, and they asked me to bring her in which I did. I
was completely at a loss to how I would pay to have her looked at, let
alone fix her.
I paid for an antibiotic and a visit and her infection continued.
Obviously surgery was inevitable. I thought I would have to have her
put to down, because as I am on ODSP, there would be no possible way
for me to pay for surgery. The veterinarian was wonderful and made a
call to the Farley Foundation. Days later I was accepted and Rainbow
was scheduled for surgery. They covered the entire cost less than two
weeks before Christmas, and saved my best friend's life. She is doing
great and I am grateful for the Farley Foundation."
"By simply cutting and pasting the above message into your social media
account, pet owners have the potential to raise the bar even higher,"
says Dr. Gemmill. "The more people who know about the Farley
Foundation, the more people who will know that help is available in
Ontario, and the more people and pets we will be able to assist."
To date, the Farley Foundation has assisted,
Dogs - 1570
Cats - 1098
Rabbits - 8
Birds - 7
Ferrets - 4
Rats - 3
Snake - 1
Horse - 1
Chinchilla - 1
Bearded Dragon - 1
Guinea Pig - 1
Hamster - 1
Learn more about the Farley Foundation at www.farleyfoundation.org or
join us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Farley-Foundation/126971871445) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/Farleyfndation).
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 over
$1,000,000 to assist over 2,700 pet owners and their pets. Pet owners
looking for assistance should speak directly with a veterinarian. For
full details visit www.farleyfoundation.org
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.
SOURCE The Farley Foundation
For further information:
For more information about the Farley Foundation or the above release, please contact:
Nadia Vercillo, Manager of Development & Public Relations
T. 1.888.262.9811 or email@example.com