All of this belt tightening is having an impact on our ability to care for pets. People are adopting fewer pets, and those with pets are cutting back on pet care. I've cut back on optional medical expenses for myself and for my dogs. Fortunately, my girls have been healthy and safe. But what happens when your dog or cat has a medical emergency and you have no money to pay for care? Thankfully, Dr. Lucy Pinkston Schroth, a small animal veterinarian, has established the Veterinary Emergency Funding Mission (VEFM) to help pet owners locate funding for medical emergencies.
The VEFM is still in development with a target starting date of January 2009. Dr. Schroth's VEFM blog provides all the details on its current status and how you can help in this wonderful and much-needed endeavor.
|Two spoiled hounds: Katie and Samantha|
Note: Since most of my posts are political in nature, I feel the need to separate my endorsement for VEFM from all things political. When it comes to helping hurting animals, animal lovers put politics aside. Fortunately, most animal lovers are good, compassionate people, and that is the tie that binds us. I have no idea about Dr. Schroth's politics; I only know that what she is doing merits our support.