Pets are considered a huge part of the family. What if you had to make the horrific choice of euthanizing your pet or surrendering him/her to an already over crowded shelter? Perhaps over $500, $1,000 or heck…any amount of money? Or what if you had to watch your pet suffer and go without care all together?
Access to veterinarian care impacts millions of pets and families. There are an estimated 29 million pets living in financially struggling families across the United States, according to recent studies by, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Access to Veterinary Care Coalition (AVCC), American Pet Products Association, and Maddie’s Fund. According to these groups, needing public assistance is one measure to show need; however, middle-class families that often live paycheck to paycheck can also struggle with the rising cost of veterinarian care. Some may say those who cannot afford these costs shouldn’t have a pet, but who are we to deny the wonderful companionship pets provide, not to mention the many health benefits associated with owning a pet (mentally and physically). We often hear people say that their pet is the best part about daily life, they find happiness and unconditional love each day.
We have watched our community time and time again struggle because they are faced with hard decisions when it came to their pet. Those on fixed incomes and especially veterans and seniors are particularly vulnerable. We know…we have been helping people and pets for years!
Although this is a national crisis of epic proportion, with the current pandemic, Clark County needs this service more than ever. Please consider helping us if you are able and together let’s keep pet owners from ever having to make a decision between watching their pet suffer and economic euthanasia.