Farley Foundation Assists 1,000th Pet Owner in Need to Obtain Veterinary Care for their Pets

    MILTON, ON, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Farley Foundation, a charitable organization
run by Ontario veterinarians which subsidizes the cost of veterinary care for
pet owners in need, today helped its one-thousandth pet owner and pet.
    Established in 2001 by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the
Farley Foundation assists seniors (in receipt of the Federal Guaranteed Income
Supplement), disabled persons (in receipt of the Ontario Disability Support
Payment or the Federal CPP Disability Benefit) to access emergency veterinary
treatment for their pets. In May, 2007, funding was extended to assist women
at risk of abuse who have fled to a women's shelter and whose pets are being
cared for through OVMA's SafePet Program.(*)
    "We are pleased to have reached this major milestone," says Dr. Drew
Bowles, President of the Farley Foundation. "Studies repeatedly show that
there are many health and emotional benefits to owning a pet, particularly for
seniors and disabled individuals who rely heavily on their pets for
companionship. The Foundation makes it possible for these pet owners to
continue to provide veterinary care for their pets when their financial
situation may otherwise have made that difficult."

    One Farley Foundation recipient writes,

    "I want to take time to personally thank you so very much for your
financial help to pay for my cat's veterinary bill. I feel very blessed to
have found such a generous foundation designed to help those who would
otherwise not be able to provide care for my cat who means the world to me. I
am on ODSP as I have major depression. On many days, my pets are my
inspiration to keep going. I rely very heavily on them for their unconditional
love. Because of your help I am able to continue to have my cat (my best
friend) in my life. Thank you so very much."

    To date, the Foundation has disbursed over $305,000 to assist 1,000 pet
owners and their pets, including 552 dogs, 435 cats, 5 rabbits, 5 birds,
2 rats and 1 snake.
    Farley Foundation funding is delivered through eligible veterinary
clinics across Ontario. Individuals interested in seeking funds from the
Farley Foundation should speak with their regular veterinarian. Full details
about funding eligibility and the application process are available online at

    About Farley

    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 character.
Lynn Johnston has generously donated the Farley image to the Foundation and is
a staunch supporter of the charity.

    Want to make a donation?

    Individuals wishing to make a donation can do so online at
www.farleyfoundation.org or by phone at 1.888.262.9811. Farley Foundation is a
registered charity. Donations of $10 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.

    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 Farley Foundation or the above release,
please contact: Nadia Vercillo, Manager of Communications and Public
Relations, T. 1-800-670-1702, ext. 15, nvercillo@ovma.org

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