It’s not too late to lend a helping hand financially to the animals in the Gulf Coast region affected by the Deep Horizon oil spill. In response to the record number of pets filing into shelters and the increasing need along the Gulf Coast for animal assistance, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has partnered with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Merial to support veterinary clinics and shelters affected by struggling pet owners who are unable to provide food and medical care for their pets. The Gulf Coast Relief Program, which was announced at our Annual Convention, is part of AVMF’s Animal Disaster Relief and Response Fund, which supports state and national disaster relief efforts. This specific relief program will offer aid to 90 clinics and five shelters in the Gulf region.
The AVMF, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Merial’s Paws to Save Pets program will provide a total of $145,000 in funding and pet food products to help reimburse veterinary clinics that have generously provided free services and goods to their clients whose livelihoods have been impacted by the oil spill. If you would like to support the cause, we invite you to visit the AVMF’s Web site. Additional clinics seeking assistance are encouraged to contact the AVMF for reimbursement of their services.