EDMONTON, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Tails of Help has been established to provide funding to owners of pets that require essential non-elective veterinary care, and who are experiencing financial hardship. The new registered charity is committed to ensuring that Albertans in need have access to essential veterinary care when financial difficulties may otherwise prevent animals from getting the care they need
"We want to keep pets and families together and unfortunately, research shows that too many Albertans are forced to give up a family pet because they can't afford the necessary health care. Animals are often left untreated, surrendered or even euthanized" says Dr. Jennifer Willans, President of Tails of Help.
Founded in 2013 with the approval of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA), Tails of Help will identify pet owners with a qualified financial need, and whose ill or injured companion animal requires essential veterinary treatment. Applications will be made by registered veterinarians on behalf of the owner, and will be assessed by strict criteria including the level of need and available funds. When applications are approved, funds will be disbursed directly to the veterinary practice.
"Veterinary practices frequently encounter situations where animals are surrendered, or left untreated because of an owner's limited resources. We're very pleased to provide a solution that keeps pets in their homes" says Willans. "Our work will complement that of existing animal shelters and humane societies. Keeping pets healthy and with their loving families reduces the burden on these vital social services."
Initial fundraising efforts are underway and the volunteer board is ready to accept applications for funding assistance before the end of the year.
Tails of Help is a registered charitable organization committed to keeping pets and families together. By providing funding for owners of companion animals in Alberta who require treatment due to illness or injury, Tails of Help will help prevent the pain, suffering, and even surrender of hundreds of animals each year, and the heartbreak of families in need.
To learn more about the organization and how you can be involved, visit www.tailsofhelp.ca.
SOURCE: Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
For further information:
Dr. Jennifer Willans
President, Tails of Help