The Farley Foundation, a charitable organization run by Ontario veterinarians subsidizes the cost of veterinary care for pet owners in need, helped its 1,000th pet owner and pet on Monday.
The Farley Foundation is named after the famed sheepdog from the comic strip, For Better or For Worse. The beloved English sheepdog was a member of the comic strip’s Patterson family, and died while attempting to save April Patterson, who had fallen in a ravine.
Established in 2001 by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), the Farley Foundation assists seniors (in receipt of the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement), disabled persons (in receipt of the Ontario Disability Support Payment or the Federal CPP Disability Benefit) to access emergency veterinary treatment for their pets. In May, 2007, funding was extended to assist women at risk of abuse who have fled to a women’s shelter and whose pets are being cared for through OVMA’s SafePet Program.
What a wonderful program to help pets and pet owners! Pets are our faithful companions and we need to provide them with the care they need to live happy, healthy lives. We all know unexpected things come up; Fido gets loose and gets hit by a car or Fluffy accidently falls from a window sill. It is so nice to see that someone is out there to help when something unexpected happens.