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 2018, the East Side Pet Crisis Fund has helped over 90 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.
Princess Rowdy’s Story
We received a call from a woman in the Metro East concerned about her dogs. She had fallen on hard times. Her husband was diagnosed with MRSA and had been in and out of the hospital having surgeries. Two of her four dogs were sick, losing hair and not eating. She had nowhere to turn, and was overwhelmed. We took her dogs to the vet, where they were dewormed and given flea preventatives and antibiotics. In a matter of days, the life returned to Princess Rowdy’s eyes thanks to the East Side Pet Crisis Fund!
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.
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.
Emergency veterinary care is made possible through the East Side Pet Crisis Fund thanks to a generous grant from the Banfield Foundation.