Sunday, May 29, 2005

Liz's Bright Idea

This morning, my fiancee Liz went to the local Petco and picked up a new brush to use on the boys. The old brush is metal and this one has softer bristles so we're hoping the boys like their grooming better.

While she was at the Petco, she saw that the local cat rescue group was there as always, and she gave them a small donation on behalf of Arthur and Beowulf.

There are so many wonderful rescues and no-kill shelters out there and they all deserve help, but we haven't heard of a chairty that provides free or low cost veterinary care for low-income cat parents. You may recall that we took Arthur to an emergency vet back in December and we were saddened when we met a woman in the waiting room who almost had to let her cat die because of the incredibly high cost of the surgery her cat needed.

Liz's idea: start a charity to help people who can't afford it pay for feline medical care. I don't have the time or energy to start such a charity now, but I think it's a good idea. Is anyone doing something like this currently?


Anonymous said...

Here in the UK the PDSA covers the cost of veterinary treatment for people on low income. Perhaps there is something similar near you.

Having started an animal charity myself (not the PDSA) I know that it is extremely hard work. You are expected to be on call 24 hours, never get any thanks, and are often taken for granted and even abused. If Liz wants to start a charity then she needs to give it very careful thought first. She needs to be tough with people if she wants any life of her own. And don't forget that you will be sucked into it too and then it could affect your relationship.

Having said that, it is extremely rewarding to see the animals leaving in better health than when thay arrived and being able to say that you are doing something genuinely worthwhile with your life.

Muddy, said...

Sounds like a good idea to me. Also, I wondered if there was a "wounded wildlife" number someone could call when they see injured wild animals, especially larger ones, needing help.

Anonymous said...

Actually, yes - there are a couple -

IMOM stands for "In Memory of Magic" the founder started the charity after her beloved 21 yr old black cat, Magic, passed on.

IMOM gave us 5 more months with our beloved Tristan, a golden retreiver mix we adopted from rescue, after he was diagnosed with Lymphoma in sept 2004 IMOM is a 501K ( tax deductable) charity that helps people who can't afford the medical care their pets need.

If any readers are looking for a very worthwhile pet charity - this is one that is very well run and is doing work that is very much needed. check it out!

Reverend John Hollander said...

Yes we do in Minnesota when we have the funds in our account - We call it our H.E.L.P. Program - Help Ensure Living Pets.

We have helped a few people and work with a few vets who will give us a discount as we give the money directly to the vet - Just to make sure the request is legitimate.

We can always use donations for that fund or our building fund - the name of our organization is AAA Animal Humane Society, Inc. We are registered as a 501(c)3 non profit in the state of Minnesota
Reverend John Hollander(Santa)

AAA Animal Humane Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 102
Hamel, MN 55340

Anonymous said...

Yes, We here at AAA Animal Humane Society still do that when we have funds available in our H.E.L.P(Help Ensure Living Pets) WE are presently seeking donations for that fund and our Building fund to Build a Nursing Home for the Animals. WE WILL BE AT WALMART IN MAPLE GROVE, MN TOMORROW SATURDAY FEB 16 BETWEEN 11:30 AND 2 SEEKING MONETARY DONATIONS FOR THOSE FUNDS.

Please stop by and donate. Help us to help you with your Needs. Reverend John Hollander