Vet Care Fund Stops Helping Dog and Cat Owners

The American Animal Hospital Association Foundation temporarily halts grant program for owners who can’t afford treatment for pets.

Posted: May 8, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Effective immediately, the American Animal Hospital Association Foundation has temporarily suspended grants from the AAHA Helping Pets Fund because of depleted funds.

With grant requests for veterinary care having nearly tripled since November, the disbursement of available funds happened much more quickly than anticipated, according to the foundation.

“By temporarily suspending the grants, we will help provide long-term stability for the AAHA Helping Pets Fund,” said Kate Crumley, DVM, chair of the AAHA Foundation Board of Trustees. “We remain steadfast in our belief that thousands of pets will benefit in the future from this short-term stoppage.”

The foundation expects to resume granting funds in July. However, it could resume sooner with additional financial support. “We have ambitious goals to grow the Helping Pets Fund in order to help more pets in need of healthcare,” Crumley said. “All donations are greatly appreciated and will help meet the growing demand.”

The AAHA Helping Pets Fund has already awarded more than $800,000 in grants to help more than 3,000 pets receive veterinary care since its inception in 2005.

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Michele   Freeport, IL

5/8/2009 4:47:25 PM

Thank you AAHA

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Moonlight   Henrico, VA

5/8/2009 4:27:38 AM

Atleast they didn't get rid of the program all together

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