The Veterinary Care Charitable Fund (VCCF) is a program created by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) to provide veterinarians with a simple and effective way to offer charitable veterinary services to clients facing personal hardships as well as animals rescued from abuse and neglect. Enrolled veterinary hospitals now have a way to offer low or no-cost services to clients who may otherwise be forced to surrender or euthanize their beloved pets.
Charitable care may be provided to those in need including:
• Disabled veterans requiring a service dog
• Low Income senior citizens
• Good Samaritans who rescue domesticated animals
• Victims of domestic violence
* The AVMF does not provide funding to individuals in need of financial assistance. All requests must come directly from a licensed AVMA member veterinarian.
Two year old Faith has a wonderful life thanks to the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund and the Alpine Animal Hospital. Faith was suffering from Stomatitis (severe inflammation of the mouth) and needed to have her teeth extracted. Faith's devoted owner, a long time client and lover of stray animals, was facing a financial hardship and thought her only option was to have Faith euthanized. With the help of the doctors at Alpine Animal Hospital Faith received the medical care she needed. The owner says that Faith is now doing so well that she is playing like a kitten again!
Adorable Chewy was taken to the Academy Animal Hospital as a foster dog through an animal rescue organization. Badly injured, he could not put weight on his right femur. Sadly, his leg needed to be amputated. The surgery required an orthopedic specialist but the cost for the surgery was more than what the rescue organization could afford.
Thanks to contributions to the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund, Chewy's leg was amputated and he is happy, healthy and living with a wonderful new family.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 86,500 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. For more than 50 years, the Foundation has been helping veterinarians help animals with support for education, advocacy, service and research programs and activities.
Special thanks to Merial as a lead contributor for helping us launch the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund.