Imagine how you’d feel if you were financially strapped and couldn’t afford veterinary care for a beloved pet who was ill or injured. That’s what happened to a local veteran with PTSD when his emotional support dog Bilbo developed bladder stones. Untreated, these stones can cause blockage of the bladder and be fatal.
Luckily, Orchard Hills Animal Hospital has established the Guardian Angel Fund to help in cases where a pet’s family lacks the immediate financial resources to provide life-saving care for their pet. We were able to successfully remove the stones and Bilbo is now doing very well.
The Guardian Angel Fund is funded 100% by your donations and covers a maximum of $500 per case. As you can imagine, demand for this help is great, but funds are limited, so families do need to meet specific criteria to qualify:
- Their pet’s situation must be an emergency or the outcome of the case without treatment must be severe or life-threatening.
- If the pet receives the required treatment(s), the outcome must carry with it a good to fair prognosis.
- The owner of the pet must demonstrate financial need by:
- Exhausting or lacking personal financial means (debit, credit cards, etc.) to provide the necessary care for their animal.
- Applying for Care Credit and either being declined or using up the funds approved through the line of credit.
- Any costs associated with the patient’s care that goes above and beyond this limit must be paid for by the client at the time service is rendered.
- Individuals may only receive money through the fund one time in a 12-month period.
For more information or to make a donation to the fund, please contact Orchard Hills Animal Hospital at 360-859-0476.