There are many ways to help sick and injured pets in need.
Donate - 100% of donor contributions go to help sick and injured pets! Help save a pet with your donation. No contribution is too large or too small as we strive to help families save their beloved pet. You may mail a check to the address listed or use the Donate Now button on our website to make a secure contribution using PayPal. We happily accept monthly donations. Check with your employer to see if they have a matching contribution program.
Volunteer your time as a member of our “Street Team.”
Raise funds in your community to help sick and injured pets. We have brochures and information available.
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For more information, contact us at info@FriendsandVetsHelpingPets.org or (859) 309-2043 to speak with our staff.
The mission of Friends & Vets Helping
Pets (FVHP) is to provide financial assistance for lifesaving veterinary
care for pets whose families have financial limitations. We fund treatments for
curable, lifesaving diseases and severe injuries to solve the problem of
families being forced, unnecessarily, to euthanize a pet solely because of cost
restraints. We partner with veterinarians and pet owners to provide
supplemental financial resources to provide pets with the necessary care so
they can live out their lives in a loving and caring environment.
Friends & Vets Helping Pets (FVHP) is a national group of
concerned citizens and small-animal veterinarians who organized as a nonprofit
organization in 2011 in response to our concern about the growing number of pet
owners facing the horrible decision of pet euthanasia because of financial
hardship. That is, when their pet unexpectedly faced a severe injury or
life-threatening illness, the owner had to find a way to pay for these
treatments or be forced to euthanize their pet because they could no longer
afford to care for them.
After extensive research, we found that very
few local/national animal welfare groups assist with veterinary care which
keeps the pet with their family. FVHP funds treatments for curable (lifesaving,
not life prolonging) diseases such as tumors, broken bones, ambulatory care,
expensive medication, or post-surgical prosthetics such as a K-9 cart. FVHP
does not fund diagnostics or preventative measures like x-ray, ultrasound or
FVHP works with pet owners and veterinarians so
that all parties have a vested interest in the treatment’s success. FVHP works
with licensed veterinarians who are registered with FVHP in advance of
treatment. Pet owners must show documentation of financial need and responsible
pet ownership. Financial Aid provided by FVHP is intended as a supplement to
family resources. Grants are made not only to families whose ability to pay
veterinary costs is extremely limited, but also to those of somewhat more
substantial means, up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, who may need
only a minor subsidy to meet the veterinary expenses.
FVHP made the first applications available in
late 2012. In the closing months of 2012, we completed our first 2 surgeries in
2 states. As of March 31, 2015, FVHP has increased to 48 registered
veterinary practices in 20 states. In 2015, we have already funded 8 veterinary emergencies for a total of 17 lifesaving treatments with costs ranging from
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization and receive no state or federal funding. We are completely
dependent on private and corporate contributions and grants to provide
lifesaving veterinary care to sick and injured pets. All FVHP organizational
operation costs are underwritten by a generous Board of Directors. 100% of
contributions go to help sick or injured pets with lifesaving veterinary
When a pet unexpectedly faces a
severe injury or life-threatening illness, responsible pet owners have two
options: to find a way to pay for their pet's lifesaving treatments or to
euthanize their pet because they cannot afford their care. FVHP hopes to solve
the problem of families being forced to euthanize a family pet, unnecessarily,
solely because of cost restraints. To accomplish this, we created a cooperative
structure of vets and participants to respond with special-niche care not
currently provided by most animal welfare organizations.
In 2012, our first year in
operation, we provided financial assistance to 2 families in 2 states with care
for their sick and injured pets.
In 2013, we expanded our outreach
area to 13 states, grew the number of participating veterinarians to 20, helped
save the lives of 14 pets and hired a full-time development/marketing person to
expand our outreach efforts in a more formal manner.
In 2014, we exceeded our goals by
helping 39 pets in 14 states and increasing the number of registered vets to 39.
We also developed an Emergency Care Fund and Protocol to enable rapid funding response
to emergency pet needs in communities where we already have registered veterinarians.
In 2015, we continue to make an
impact with our rapid expansion to 48 practices in 20 states. We have already responded
to 8 emergency care needs and funded 17 procedures across the nation. Our goals
are to continue to grow our impact by saving as many pets as possible and to
grow our fundraising so we can continue to meet the needs of as many pets as
Friends & Vets Helping Pets fills a
gap in typical animal welfare assistance by funding treatments for curable
(lifesaving, not life prolonging) diseases and injuries such as tumors, broken
bones, ambulatory care, expensive medication, or post-surgical prosthetics such
as a K-9 cart. These treatments are not covered by most animal welfare groups.
Our top need is for funding to expand
this special-niche care to help as many sick and injured pets as possible. Due to a very generous Board of Directors, 100% of
donor contributions go to help sick and injured pets.
We need volunteers to help recruit a
network of cooperative new veterinarians to participate in our program
We need volunteers to help get the word
out about our programs to pet-related entities and their customers so we can
increase the number of pets whose lives are saved.
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