800+ Happily Ever Afters & Counting!
** In 2016 91% of all funded pets and 95% of those not assisted with end of life care (planned euthanasia) remained out of the shelter and home with the families they love after our intervention.
Although our hope is that every pet who receives our assistance achieves long-term recovery, outcomes of veterinary medicine are never guaranteed. Sometimes diagnostics reveal a terminal condition such as cancer or a chronic condition that is unmanageable and impacts the funded pet’s quality of life. Our organization funds treatment courses (as budget allows) suggested by our trusted veterinary partners but the owner ultimately decides whether they pursue the recommendations, including euthanasia. Our veterinarians provide education, guidance and quality of life assessments helping owners understand prognosis and make informed decisions in their pet’s best interest. We do provide funding to cover the cost of humane euthanasia in approved cases where our vet has evaluated that as the most humane option.
While our mission has traditionally focused on funding the treatment of conditions with a good prognosis so families can stay together, we've had an increasing number of inquiries from owners who have senior pets at the end stage of disease and can't afford to help end their pet's suffering. In 2015 we started a Rainbow Bridge Fund to assist with the costs of humane euthanasia and cremation, addressing this critical unmet community need.
Our Rainbow Bridge Fund gives this final gift of a dignified, peaceful passing to pets with a terminal prognosis when their owners can't afford humane euthanasia and cremation. While we are not granting pets happily ever afters in our Rainbow Bridge Fund cases, we still consider this a worthwhile use of funds. Sometimes helping a pet pass peacefully is the only thing we can do to bring them comfort and that aligns with our mission no matter how it affects our save rate.