WHY I GIVE
“I applaud the Farley Foundation for its ongoing, dedicated mission to help those owners with limited income to provide necessary veterinary care to their pets. I am proud to contribute to this excellent foundation and may it continue to improve the quality of the lives of the pets and their owners for years to come.” ~ Elizabeth
Bernice & Murphy
While out for a walk on one of their favourite trails, Murphy suffered a cranial cruciate ligament rupture in his back leg. After a trip to an emergency hospital, it was determined Murphy would require surgery. As a pensioner, Bernice wasn't sure how she would afford Murphy's veterinary care. Happily, the Farley Foundation was able to help. "Friends told me that I had to be realistic and that I should have Murphy euthanized because of my financial circumstances," she says. "They don’t understand. Now I don’t even need to consider that option. We have a future!"
In 2018-2019, the Farley Foundation assisted:
- 663 Ontario Disability Support Program recipients
- 121 seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement
- 98 Ontario Works recipients
- 84 Canada Pension Plan Disability recipients
- 20 pet owners earning less than $25,000/year
- 4 participants in OVMA's SafePet Program*
- 1 retirement home/long-term care facility
*The SafePet Program helps to find temporary foster care for the pets of women seeking refuge in an Ontario women's shelter.
Ryan & Cedar
When Cedar wasn't feeling well, Ryan took him to their veterinarian for a check up. Their vet discovered that Cedar had a life-threatening condition called immune mediated hemolytic anemia, which causes Cedar's immune system to destroy his own red blood cells. Cedar needed to be hospitalized and was put on medication. Ryan is a graduate student and earns less than $25,000 a year, and was worried about how he would afford his best friend's surgery. Happily, his veterinarian knew about the Farley Foundation and applied for funding. Cedar received the veterinary care he needed, along with a treatment plan to manage his condition. Now that he feels better, Cedar and Ryan are back to enjoying all their favourite outdoor activities, including hiking and paddle boarding.
The Summit Veterinary Pharmacy Ride for Farley was held in September 2018. Veterinarians, friends and family rode up to 160 km, raising $60,000 for the Farley Foundation. The foundation extends its sincere appreciation to Summit Veterinary Pharmacy, the event’s title sponsor, for supporting the event financially, and providing volunteers and support vehicles. A big thank you also goes to all the riders and donors!
Bravecto Fundraise for Farley Month was held in October 2018. Hundreds of veterinary practices across Ontario pitched in to raise more than $278,000 in support of the foundation. Events included dog washes, raffles, pet costume contests and a charity swim. Thank you to all the participating clinics! The top fundraiser was Orillia and District Veterinary Services, which raised more than $7,600. The Farley Foundation would also like to thank title sponsor Merck Animal Health Canada for its generous support.
The OVMA/Farley Foundation Golf Tournament was held in August 2019 at Victoria Park Golf and Country Club in Guelph. The event included 100 golfers who enjoyed a great day on the links and raised $26,000 for the Farley Foundation. Thank you to the golfers and the many companies that supported the event, and for their support of people and pets in need.
10,000 pets helped
In the summer of 2019, the Farley Foundation reached a huge milestone when it helped its 10,000th pet – a cat named Baby (left).
Baby was experiencing weight loss, lethargy and a loss of appetite, and needed testing to determine the cause. Baby’s owner relies on the Ontario Disability Support Payment and was unsure how she would afford Baby’s veterinary care. Happily, their veterinarian knew about the Farley Foundation and applied for funding to help cover the cost.
A big thank you to all our donors, sponsors and veterinary teams for supporting our cause – we couldn’t do it without you