The Pet Fund

Someone's Best Friend Needs Your Help

Sacramento, CA   |  www.thepetfund.com

Mission

Thousands of animals are sent to shelters and euthanized each year, many because of treatable medical conditions. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or needed veterinary care. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Ms. Erin Havey

Co Principal Officer

Ms. Karen Leslie

Main address

2747 14th Street

Sacramento, CA 95818 USA

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EIN

20-0232792

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The costs of veterinary care for companion animals continue to climb. One of the primary driving forces behind this increase is the increase in cancer cases requiring expensive medical care. The Pet Fund has increased partnership with university teaching hospitals and with biotech firms to recruit for clinical trials for innovative cancer therapies to increase access to needed veterinary care for pet owners. In addition, we continue to grow our outreach to pet owners in terms of education and providing resources for financial assistance for medical care, including orthopedic surgery, medication, treatment for common diseases such as heart disease, and other veterinary expenses. Our goal is help increase access to care, while providing education about preventative care and resources for assistance.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Pet Fund Assistance with Veterinary Care

The Pet Fund provides grants for pet owners in need of assistance with veterinary bills. These grants enable pets to receive needed medical care and enable pet owners to keep their animals out of shelters.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.

Thousands of animals are sent to shelters and euthanized each year, many because of treatable medical conditions. While the law regards companion animals as property, The Pet Fund regards these animals instead as family members who do not qualify for human medical insurance. Pet insurance programs are available, but often even these programs cannot cover the total cost of necessary medical care. Free spay and neuter clinics as well as vaccination clinics are common, but these are largely the only free or low cost veterinary services available. The Pet Fund seeks to bridge this gap to make companion animal medical care available to all who need it.

The Pet Fund works to provide grants for veterinary care for those who cannot afford it, but also functions as an education resource providing information about preventative care, financial resources, and veterinary assistance to pet owners nationwide. The goal of the organization is not just to provide grant assistance, but to help each pet owner become more skilled at preventative care and more informed about available resources. The goal in educating one pet owner at a time about these resources is to make pet owners' circumstances more sustainable, which will keep animals out of shelters and together with the people who need and love them. In addition, funding care for just 50 animals is the equivalent of emptying an average-size shelter, so even a fraction of the animals we assist remain out of shelters and saved from economic euthanasia.

The Pet Fund is the largest national nonprofit that focuses on providing assistance with veterinary care. In addition, because The Pet Fund is focused on education and outreach as well as granting assistance, we are able to provide pet owners with information that will enable them to care for their animals long term. We are uniquely capable of providing this outreach because our focus is kept exclusively on funding and education. Unlike organizations that must divert both funding and attention to spay/neuter operations or rescue work, The Pet Fund is able to make significant progress towards our goal by focusing on our mission, which is keeping animals out of shelters in the first place. While rescue work and spay/neuter resources are critically important, these services by themselves do not in any way keep animals out of shelters or free from economic euthanasia. Our focus on education, preventative care, and developing resources for financial independence ensures that the grants our organization makes to pet owners are given to sustainable situations and not just temporary fixes. Our organization's long term experience with nonprofit development enables us to focus on these sustainable goals, rather than responding only to crises. The requirements for our volunteers include a much higher education and experience threshold for qualification than is normally expected for nonprofit volunteer opportunities, and our training is also more focused and more demanding. Consequently, the result of our long term management experience, focus on sustainable results, and volunteer excellence produce measurable results.

The Pet Fund has made significant impact in a short period of time, but the problem of economic euthanasia for companion animals is still an ongoing issue. Our nonprofit has long been the primary source for media information about this issue, and The Pet Fund continues to be very proactive about bringing attention to this problem as both an economic and public health issue. In addition, our website is able to reach over 350,000 visitors yearly with education resources for preventative care, financial assistance resources, and veterinary care assistance links that help to ensure that out outreach and education efforts are furthered by our website. We also receive over 200 calls from pet owners daily asking for assistance, so our nonprofit works on an ongoing and intensive path towards providing education and assistance. However, additional resources for preventing economic euthanasia for companion animals still need to be increased, since the need for help is always greater than available funding. The level of assistance needed to provide help for every pet owner who qualifies for our fund will require much larger endowment funding, which is a goal towards which we work as well.

Financials

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The Pet Fund

Board of directors
as of 11/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Erin Havey

No Affiliation

Term: 2000 -

Jill MacCartney

No Affiliation

Dana Ness

No Affiliation

Karen Leslie

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Linda Wallace

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Erin Havey

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/02/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.