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The Farley Foundation

Helping people. Healing Pets.

OVMA established the Farley Foundation in 2002 to help pet owners who aren't able to afford necessary or emergency veterinary care for their pets. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest charities of its kind, serving as a leader for veterinary charities that help pet owners across North America.The Farley Foundation

The funds distributed by Farley are a direct result of OVMA member veterinarians fundraising efforts, generous donations from the public and our wonderful sponsors. 

The Foundation does not deal directly with pet owners regarding the status of applications. Pet owners will be directed to speak with their veterinary clinic about the status of their Farley Foundation applications.


Funding qualifications

Types of clients

OVMA member veterinarians can apply for funding to subsidize veterinary care needed by the pets of clients who:

  • are seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) 
  • are persons with disabilities who receive the Ontario Disability Support Payment (ODSP) or the Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP) Benefit
  • are women at risk of abuse participating in OVMA's SafePet Program
  • are individuals receiving financial assistance through Ontario Works 
  • have pets that are owned by senior care facilities (including supportive housing, retirement homes or long-term care homes)
  • have a pre-existing veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) with the practice they're seeking funding from

If the pet owner doesn't meet this eligibility criteria, they're not eligible to receive Farley funding.


Types of animals

Funding is available to subsidize the treatment of any animal whose primary purpose is companionship, without restriction on the species of animal.


Types of medical care

The Farley Foundation will pay for non-elective procedures or treatments.

  • Routine physical examinations, vaccinations, etc. will not be funded.
  • Spays and neuters will not be funded, unless the procedure is essential to the continued health of the animal.
  • General prophylactic dental care isn't eligible for funding. Other dental procedures like extractions are considered on a case-by-case basis.


Who's Farley?

Farley is the name of a character developed by Canadian artist and cartoonist Lynn Johnston. The beloved sheepdog was a member of the Patterson family in Lynn Johnston's syndicated comic strip, For Better or For Worse®. The name of the Farley Foundation is a tribute to the sheepdog who eventually died in the comic while attempting to save April Patterson, who had fallen in a ravine.

We're grateful to Lynn Johnston for lending the Farley image to the Foundation. Read more about her on the Farley Foundation site.



The Farley Foundation relies on donations to provide necessary veterinary care to sick/injured pets owned by people in need across Ontario. Consider making your donation "in honour of" or "in memory of" a pet or loved one.

Donations of any amount are appreciated. Charitable tax receipts are issued donations of $15 or more. 

Make a donation online, or find out about other ways you can donate on the Farley Foundation's Support page.



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