Vet bills aren’t cheap. Everyone knows that. But when a person is trying to get care for their sick or injured pet, the possibility of high vet bills can be even more frightening. What’s the alternative? Letting your pet suffer or simply putting them down because the cost is too high? If you’re a pet lover like Greg and I, you know those just aren’t options.
Enter the Shamrock Animal Fund, a not-for-profit that is just so darn amazing because they actually help financially strained families pay vet bills to get care for their pets. Sound too good to be true? Think again. Started by Matt Mulcahy (yeah, THAT Matt Mulcahy, reporter for YNN) and named after his dog that passed away, the Fund’s main goal seems to be to reduce (or eliminate) the number of abused animals–or those that are neglected due to the pet’s health issues, family financial constraints, etc. They also offer advocacy and just plain good advice for people who maybe aren’t the best equipped to open their home to a pet.
Founded in January of 2010, the Fund has already been able to help pay for care for more than 20 animals and they’ve created strong networking ties with a dozen or so vet offices in the Syracuse area. Even though they’re pretty new, they’ve already participated in a few events around the Syracuse area and word of their advocacy for animals is slowly spreading via Facebook, in large part due to a current competition to raise $1000 (if CNYCentral gets at least 15,000 followers by the end of May, they’ll donate $1000 to the Fund).
But what it comes down to is that the Fund helps animals in need. And for that, I say, kudos, Shamrock Animal Fund. Kudos.
You can read more about or donate to the Shamrock Animal Fund here.