Bandanas. Lynn Johnston*. Women at Risk of Abuse. What do these have in common?

    MILTON, ON, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Visit your local veterinary clinic during
October to purchase a limited edition bandana for your pet featuring Lynn
Johnston's famous English Sheep dog character, Farley, and help seniors,
disabled individuals and women at risk of abuse to access emergency care for
their pets through the Farley Foundation.
    During this year's Fundraise for Farley Month, over 230 veterinary
clinics and hospitals around the province will join together in support of
people and pets in need, raising funds and awareness for the charitable
organization which subsidizes emergency veterinary care for the pets of
low-income seniors, disabled individuals and women at risk of abuse who are
entering women's shelters.
    The event is a month-long campaign during which veterinary facilities
across the province dream up unique events to both give back to their local
communities, and raise funds and awareness for the charity which has disbursed
nearly half a million dollars to help over 1,400 pets belonging to seniors,
disabled individuals and women at risk of abuse(xx).
    Each year, a new item is manufactured for Fundraise for Farley Month and
provided to participating veterinary clinics as fundraising items. In 2006,
the Farley Foundation distributed 10,000 blue and green wrist bands for the
cause. In 2007, pet owners snatched up 13,000 pet collar tags. This year, a
limited 13,000 people will lay claim to blue/white, 100% cotton bandanas
featuring Farley in various poses.
    This year's Fundraise for Farley Month campaign is generously sponsored
by Hill's Pet Nutrition Canada Inc.
    Please visit your local veterinary clinic and help support people and
pets in need. Can't make it out to a local veterinary clinic this month? Make
a donation online at or call 1.888.262.9811.

    About the Farley Foundation

    The Farley Foundation assists seniors (in receipt of the Federal
Guaranteed Income Supplement), disabled persons (in receipt of the Ontario
Disability Support Payment or Canada Pension Plan-Disability) and women at
risk of abuse (and their children) who are participating in OVMA's SafePet
program, to access the emergency veterinary treatment of their pets.

    (*)North Bay native Lynn Johnston created the Farley cartoon character as
    part of her syndicated comic strip, For Better or For Worse(R). The
    beloved English sheepdog was a member of the comic strip's Patterson
    family, and died while attempting to save April Patterson, who had fallen
    in a ravine. The Farley Foundation is named in honour of this much loved

    To date, the association has assisted 903 dogs, 580 cats, 6 rabbits, 5
birds, 2 rats, 2 ferrets, 1 snake, 1 horse, 1 guinea pig, and 1 bearded
    Farley Foundation funding is delivered through eligible veterinary
clinics across Ontario. Individuals looking for assistance should speak with
their regular veterinarian.

    (xx)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 help, 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 for details.

For further information:

For further information: about Farley Foundation or the above release,
please contact: Nadia Vercillo, Manager of Communications and Public
Relations, T. 1-888-262-9811, ext. 4,

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