East Side Pet Crisis Fund
In 2014, the East Side Pet Crisis Fund was created to assist families in the Metro East with emergency veterinary care. Through our work with the community, we encountered many situations where families needed financial help to care for their animals. Thanks to this fund, we are able to serve as a resource to residents with nowhere else to turn.
When a family has a pet needing emergency medical attention, the first step is to provide us proof of need (proof of government assistance, fixed income, etc). Pet owners are then required to apply for the Care Credit at our vet’s office. If the family is approved for the Care Credit, then vet expenses will be billed to that account. If the family is not approved, then funds will come from the East Side Pet Crisis Fund. Exact vet care is determined in conjunction with the family, veterinarian and Program Lead. This is always on a case by case basis and while funds are available. We ask that the family pays back a portion of the total cost if they can. If we assist the family, we do require that all animals in the home be spayed/neutered, or make plans to do so.
From January 2014 to January 2017, the East Side Pet Crisis Fund has helped over 60 families in some capacity. Assistance has included examinations, obstructions, parvo treatment, emergency surgeries, and humane euthanasia. Below are just a few of the many stories of the pets this fund has helped.
In August 2017, we met this gorgeous pup named King. His dad was worried because he had an open wound on his neck that showed signs of infection. We covered a visit to the veterinarian, as well as the cost of antibiotics for King to help keep him with his family. After his vet visit, his family welcomed him home with open arms.
Daisy Mae’s Story
In August 2017, 12-year-old Daisy Mae was hit by a car. Her family couldn’t afford the emergency vet care she needed, so they called us for help. We covered the cost of surgery to repair the injury on Daisy Mae’s leg. Daisy Mae is back to her normal self, spending her days snuggled in with her loving family.
In July 2017, we received a call from Diamond’s mom. Diamond had gotten attacked by another dog in the neighborhood, and had a severe injury on her leg. Thankfully, we were able to help Diamond and her family with our East Side Pet Crisis Fund. She is now back to her normal spunky self!
In May 2017, we were introduced to this adorable pup named Peanut. He had decided to rummage through the garbage and ate either a chicken bone or corn cob, and had an obstruction, requiring a visit to the emergency vet. Fortunately, Peanut didn’t require surgery. The vet helped him pass the obstruction, and he went back home to the love and comfort of his family.
In early 2016, Butch was attacked by some dogs in his backyard. His family couldn’t afford the vet care needed, so the vet called Gateway Pet Guardians. We were very happy to step in and help this family. Butch is back to his happy self, demanding daily snuggles, chasing his tennis ball, and basking in the sun. He won’t let a missing ear get in the way of his head scratches!
Rocky became very sick, and his owner couldn’t afford the vet care he needed. Sadly, Rocky’s prognosis was not good; but GPG helped his mom through one of the most difficult decisions of her life. Sadly, Rocky crossed the rainbow bridge, but Gateway Pet Guardians was with her every step of the way, and continues to stay in touch.
Thanks to our East Side Pet Crisis Fund, we are able to help keep pets with their people by providing emergency veterinary care. But we aren’t able to help unless funds are available. YOU can make a difference in the life of a community pet, and keep a family whole by donating to this fund.