Ontario Veterinarians Recognized for Helping Seniors, Disabled Individuals & Abused Women Through Hard Times

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - The Farley Foundation will this week honour over
200 veterinary hospitals across Ontario for raising over $156,000 to help
seniors, disabled individuals and women at risk of abuse pay for 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. The foundation is named after 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).
    Each year, Ontario veterinary practices come up with 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,
to raise money to help those in need.
    Top performers of the fundraiser are recognized with a tiered awards
system and are honoured at an awards ceremony at the Ontario Veterinary
Medical Association Annual Conference & Trade Show.
    This year's top fundraiser, Park Road Veterinary Clinic from Brantford,
raised over $12,000 with a pet community fun fair. This is the fourth year in
a row that staff at the Park Road Veterinary Clinic raised the highest amount
(raising at least $10,000 in each of 2006 and 2007 and 2008). Staff at Park
Road will serve as the Official 2009 Farley Foundation Ambassadors, appearing
at Farley Foundation events and media speaking engagements throughout the
    The Farley Foundation will also pay homage to 16 veterinarians and
veterinary industry members for raising over $15,000 during this year's Ride
for Farley, an annual cycling event where individuals ride over 260 km across
rugged northern Ontario terrain to raise funds and awareness for the Farley

    This year's top fundraisers are:

    Gold Friends of Farley (raised at least $5,000)
    Park Road Veterinary Clinic (Brantford)
    Richmond Veterinary Clinic (Napanee)
    Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital
    Yonge St. Animal Hospital (Toronto)
    Yorkwood Veterinary Clinic (Keswick)
    Harwood Pet Hospital (Ajax)
    Callbeck Animal Hospital (Oshawa)
    Gananoque Veterinary Clinic

    Silver Friends of Farley (raised at least $2,500)
    Chicopee Hills Animal Hospital (Kitchener)
    Fairmont Animal Hospital (London)
    Renforth Veterinary Clinic (Etobicoke)
    Algonquin Animal Hospital (Ottawa)
    Chedoke Animal Hospital (Ancaster)
    Lynwood Animal Hospital (Nepean)
    North Bay Animal Hospital

    Bronze Friends of Farley (raised at least $1,000)

    Kleinburg Veterinary Hospital           Markham Veterinary Clinic
    Baxter Animal Hospital (Sudbury)        Ayr Animal Hospital
    Royal York Animal Hospital (Toronto)    Parkdale Animal Hospital
    Animal Health Services (St. Catherines)  (Waterloo)
    Springer Animal Hospital                BloorMill Veterinary Clinic
     (Sturgeon Falls)                        (Etobicoke)
    Green Bay Veterinary Hospital (Cloyne)  Cornell Animal Hospital (Guelph)
    Laurelwood Veterinary Hospital          Fletcher's Creek Animal Hospital
     (Waterloo)                              (Brampton)
    Welland Animal Hospital                 Mullen Small Animal Clinic
    Aylmer Veterinary Clinic                 (Walkerton)
    Abbey Animal Hospital (Oakville)        Talbot Animal Hospital (London)
    Greely Animal Hospital                  Village Animal Hospital
    Gloucester Veterinary Hospital          (Lakefield)
    The Animal Clinic (Toronto)             Island City Animal Hospital
    Lakeview Animal Hospital (Mississauga)  (Brockville)
    Dalton Road Animal Hospital             Kingsville Animal Clinic
     (Jacksons Point)                       Mitchell Animal Hospital
    Lasalle Animal Clinic (Sudbury)         Westway Animal Clinic (Toronto)
    Belleway Veterinary P.C. (Belleville)   Annex Animal Hospital (Toronto)
    Taunton Road Animal Hospital (Oshawa)   South Porcupine Animal Hospital

    Farley Foundation Awards Ceremony

    The Farley Foundation honours its top supporters during an awards
ceremony at the 2009 OVMA Conference & Trade Show in Toronto. Media must
register on-site at the OVMA Registration Desk.

    When?           Friday, January 30, 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 $500,000 to assist almost 1,600 pet
owners and their pets. Pet owners looking for assistance should speak directly
with a veterinarian. For 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.

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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