MILTON, Ont., June 5, 2017 – The Farley Foundation, a charity helping low-income pet owners in Ontario, has reached a milestone by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for its 8,000th pet.
Established in 2001 by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the foundation assists Ontario pet owners in financial need — including seniors, disabled individuals, women at risk of abuse and others receiving government assistance — by covering the cost of veterinary care for their sick or injured pets.
In total, more than $3.3 million has been disbursed to assist pets and pet owners in need.
“The Farley Foundation is based on a belief in the human-animal bond — that the relationship between humans and animals has an impact on the physical and emotional well-being of both parties,” says Dr. Dale Scott, the foundation’s president. “The foundation was created to help those who depend the most on their pets for love and companionship to continue to enjoy the company of their pets.”
To date, 4,734 dogs and 3,208 cats have been helped, along with a variety of other pets, including guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, ferrets and reptiles.
“I’m sure you understand how incredibly stressful the financial aspects of veterinary emergencies are on top of the surgical and emotional components,” says one disabled cat owner, who received funding when her best friend Murphy required emergency care for feline lower urinary tract disease treatment. “This has absolutely taken some of the pressure off, so I can focus more positively on Murphy’s recovery.”
The foundation subsidizes up to 100 per cent of the cost of care to a maximum $1,000 per pet or pet owner per year for vital treatments, including diagnostics, surgery, hospitalization and medications. Pet owners demonstrating financial need can apply for funding through their veterinarian.
For more information about the Farley Foundation, visit farleyfoundation.org.