Andre & Duncan
Andre took his canine companion Duncan to the veterinarian when he was displaying signs of intestinal discomfort. An examination revealed that Duncan was suffering from an enlarged prostate gland and required surgery to prevent additional problems. Andre is a recipient of the Ontario Disability Support Program and was concerned about affording his pet's surgery. With help from the Farley Foundation, Duncan was able to receive the veterinary care he needed to feel better.
In 2019-2020, the Farley Foundation assisted:
- 621 Ontario Disability Support Program recipients
- 130 Ontario Works recipients
- 107 seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement
- 70 pet owners earning less than $25,000/year
- 65 Canada Pension Plan Disability recipients
- 8 participants in OVMA's SafePet Program*
- 2 retirement home/long-term care facilities
*The SafePet Program helps to find temporary foster care for the pets of women seeking refuge in an Ontario women's shelter.
Bella & family
Bella required surgery to treat pyometra, an infection that can affect unspayed animals. Her owner wasn't sure if she would be able to get her family's pup the help she needed, so she asked their veterinarian for advice. Understanding their difficult situation, Bella's veterinarian told them about the Farley Foundation and applied for funding on their behalf. Thankfully, Bella was able to receive the veterinary care she needed and is healthy and back home with her family.
The Summit Veterinary Pharmacy Ride for Farley was held in September 2019. The event saw an increase in ridership with the introduction of a friends and family category, and it raised nearly $78,000. 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 2019. Hundreds of veterinary practices across Ontario pitched in to raise more than $293,000, which was the highest total ever! Events included dog washes, raffles, pet costume contests and a charity swim. Thank you to all the participating clinics! The top fundraiser was Taunton Road Animal Hospital, which raised $10,135. The Farley Foundation would also like to thank title sponsor Merck Animal Health Canada for its generous support.
Pets to Vets Campaign
The Farley Foundation achieved a major milestone when it assisted its 10,000th pet in 2019. To celebrate this achievement, the foundation launched the 1,000 Pets to Vets campaign to enable even more pet owners to access funding assistance.
One of the foundation’s funding eligibility criteria is that the pet owner must have an existing veterinary-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) with a veterinary practice. Unfortunately, many low-income pet owners lack the financial resources to establish that relationship. The 1,000 Pets to Vets initiative will enable 1,000 low-income pet owners to establish a VCPR by subsidizing the cost of an initial examination and any necessary core vaccines.
“Establishing a relationship with a veterinarian is an integral part of preventing illness,” says Dr. Matthew Richardson, president of the Farley Foundation. “By focusing on preventive care with this initiative, we can help pet owners in need by putting their pets on the road to good health.”
To qualify for the Pets to Vets program, pet owners must otherwise be eligible for funding from the Farley Foundation, be without a veterinarian and be a first-time recipient of funding assistance from the foundation. Pet owners meeting these criteria can apply through a local veterinarian.
Helping even more people and pets
To help pet owners during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Farley Foundation temporarily expanded its eligibility requirements to include individuals receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Between April and August 2020, while the CERB program was active, 27 CERB recipients accessed funding from the foundation.