The Farley Foundation is a registered charity that was established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) in 2001. It aims to assist low-income pet owners to access non-elective veterinary medical care for the pets that mean the world to them.
Most of us may be more familiar with “Farley” through the famous cartoon strip For Better or for Worse written by Lynn Johnston. A character created to illustrate the personality of the author’s own dog, “Farley” was a perfect image to symbolize the Foundation.
The Farley Foundation is generously administered by the OVMA. This relationship keeps administration costs to a minimum. However, to keep the goals of the foundation carried out, strongly relies on outside donation.
Senior pet owners receiving Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and disabled persons receiving Ontario Disability Support Payment (ODSP) or Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) may qualify. More recently the foundation has expanded its funding to women staying at a women’s shelter who have a pet participating in the OVMA’s SafePet Program.
The Farley Foundation assists in the payment of non-elective procedures or treatments. Pet owners themselves cannot apply for fundraising on their own, only veterinary clinics may do so in advocacy for individually qualifying cases.
The Farley Foundation depends solely on generous donations from other organizations, the public and most predominantly the veterinary world. A few of our clients have been lucky enough to receive assistance from the Farley foundation to help support the costs of medical procedures greatly needed by their beloved pets. Because of this, and because we strongly believe in the actions of this foundation, we have decided to hold a fundraiser with a donation box in our front office to help the Farley Foundation to continue its charity to others.
If you would like more information about this worthy cause or would like to make a private donation, you can visit the following website: http://www.farleyfoundation.com/