FRIENDS & VETS HELPING PETS, INC.
PO BOX 910117
LEXINGTON KY 40591-0117
Contact Information
Nonprofit FRIENDS & VETS HELPING PETS, INC.
Address PO BOX 910117
LEXINGTON , KY 40591 0117
Phone (859) 309-2043
Fax 859 201-1177
Contact Name Beth Robinson Willmott
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2012
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

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.”

  • Get your vet signed up as a Community Veterinary Partner;
  • Spread the word in your community that FVHP provides financial assistance for lifesaving veterinary care for pets whose families have financial limitations.

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.

 

 










Financial Summary
 
 
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Mission Statement

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.


Background Statement


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 MRI tests. 


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 $99-$2,300.

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 treatments.

Impact Statement


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 possible.


Needs Statement

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 nationwide.


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.

 
We need industry partners to help us fulfill the need for prescription veterinary medication, specialized pet food and specialty pet equipment.




 

Geographic Areas Served
Areas
National
We are a national organization and serve the entire USA.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Cathleen Cline
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Aug 2011 to Dec 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. Dana Bleifer DVMRose City Veterinary HospitalVoting
Ms. Cathleen Cline AeroVironment, Inc.Voting
Ms. Brooke Folley Counts J.D.Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Robert V. Hutchison DVMAnimal Clinic NorthviewVoting
Dr. Loyde Jolly DVMVCA Woodford Animal HospitalVoting
Mr. Marco Quihuis CPAAeroVironment, Inc.Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director no ED at this time
Term Start Nov 2013
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 12
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms Brooke Folley Counts J.D.Aug 2011 - Nov 2013
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Comments
CEO Comments The organization is run on a daily basis by the Director of Development. All funding and large decisions are made by Board of Directors. There is no plan to hire an Executive Director at this time.
Description This program provides non-emergency veterinary care to families who do not have the financial resources to pay for unexpected life-threatening illnesses or severe injuries to their pet. FVHP doesn’t fund diagnostics or preventive measures like X-rays, ultra sound tests or MRI. Typical treatments are provided for curable diseases (life-saving, not life-prolonging) such as surgery for tumors, ambulatory care, expensive medication for a bacterial infection, or post-surgical prosthetics like a K-9 cart. Demographics of those we serve range from the recently unemployed and seasonal workers to the elderly and new student graduates.
Budget 35000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Veterinary Services
Population Served Families, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Description The Emergency Veterinary Care Fund is for families with financial limitations who do not have the resources to pay for emergency life-threatening illnesses or severe injuries to their pet. This program allows us to respond immediately with financial assistance for emergency veterinary surgery/treatment needs to registered FVHP veterinarians and their pet clients.
Budget 20000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Veterinary Services
Population Served Families, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
National Philanthropy Day Honored OrganizationAssociation of Fundraising Professionals, Bluegrass Chapter2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $110,000.00
Projected Expenses $106,565.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense--$73,515$69,100
Administration Expense--$15,002$13,819
Fundraising Expense--$9,834$9,211
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.151.130.78
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%75%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%9%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$48,878$26,067$13,067
Current Assets$109$25,885$12,763
Long-Term Liabilities$48,878----
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$48,878$26,067$13,067
Form 990s
2015 2015 990-EZ
2014 2014 990EZ
2013 990EZ 2013
2012 990EZ 2012
2011 990EZ 2011
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments All FVHP administrative costs are donated/underwritten by our founder. 100% of non-board member contributions go to help sick and injured pets with lifesaving veterinary treatments. 
Address PO BOX 910117
LEXINGTON , KY 405910117
Primary Phone 859 309-2043
CEO/Executive Director no ED at this time
Board Chair Ms. Cathleen Cline
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer