What is Vets for Pets and People?
Vets for Pets and People (VFPP) is an organization at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine that partners with Project Safe, an Athens area domestic violence shelter. Through this partnership, pets, whose owners have sought shelter from domestic violence, works with a network of volunteers to provide temporary foster care to their pets. We also seek to educate veterinarians, veterinary paraprofessionals, and the general public about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.
Our organization is made up of veterinary students, clinicians, and staff members who are passionate about animal welfare and the important role the veterinary field can play in the community.
How do we make a difference?
By providing foster homes for pets, Vets for Pets and People hopes to remove a significant barrier that frequently prevents abused women from leaving their dangerous environments. According to the American Humane Association, 71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their abuser had injured, maimed, killed, or threatened their family pets. In fact, abused women are 11 times more likely to report an incident of pet abuse by their partner than non-abused women, and 34% of women reported delaying going to a shelter out of concern for their pet’s welfare if the animal had previously been threatened or harmed (Ascione et al, 2007).
What will your donation help to cover?
VFPP relies solely on donations to fund the medical care these foster animals need, as well as the educational materials we print and distribute to local veterinarians, teaching hospital clients, colleagues, and other animal-related organizations.
On average, expenses for each animal range from $300 to $500. These expenses can include boarding, updating vaccines, spaying and neutering, and providing other medical care or procedures the animal may need. For more difficult cases in which it takes longer to find a foster home for the animal, costs may be $1,000 or more.
Your gift of any amount helps animals so owners can leave an abusive situation without worrying about what will happen to their beloved pet.
Here are a few examples of how we put your contribution to work:
- A $10 donation can buy a rabies or Bordatella vaccine or dewormer for the pet.
- A $20 donation can buy a fecal flotation or heartworm test so we can check for parasites, or a microchip to help find and identify the animal in case it ever gets lost.
- A $40 donation can provide a night’s stay in the hospital or treatment for a minor illness such as an ear infection or skin infection.
- A $100-200 donation can pay for a spay or neuter surgery.
Every little bit helps us to provide excellent care to these innocent animals who deserve a helping hand.
Please consider supporting Vets for Pets and People today!
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