WOODLAWN — Hard medical care decisions forced by economics don’t solely exist within the realm of physicians. Veterinarians can attest there is an equal amount happening to furred family members. Mountain View Veterinary Clinic is staging its first official Hope Fund Rescue Fundraiser to help needy clients in dire situations.
According to Organizer Samantha Jennings, all proceeds from the May 28 event will go to Hope Fund Rescue. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 113 Industry Lane.
“We had a former employee who established a fund around four years ago that was very similar to this,” said Jennings. She explained the idea continues because staffers hate to see clients under severe hardships have to choose to put down their animals because they cannot pay the medical bill.
Jennings said on an unofficial basis, clinics typically help with the expense in extreme circumstances but cannot keep their doors open over the long term by soaking up the losses through such costs. She said ongoing fundraisers, such as candy bars sold in the clinic’s lobby, have helped raise money for the cause.
“We have been able to keep a lot of animals from being put to sleep through the Hope Fund Rescue,” Jennings said.
The mascot for the practice is a cat who recovered following being shot in its spine. According to Jennings, a person donated money to provide it a wheel chair upon learning the cat’s back legs would be paralyzed.
The Hope Fund Rescue Fundraiser will also offer a rabies clinic with proceeds going to benefit the fund. It will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at a reduced cost of $8 (from the regular fee of $12 a shot). The event will offer barbecue plates starting at 11 a.m. prepared by Ben’s Catering. Items to be raffled off include an electronic tablet and quilts as well as other donated items. (Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each.) The “Misfit Critter Farm and Sanctuary” will also have animals available for adoption during the fundraiser.
People who would like to have a yard sale table at the fundraiser may do so for a $15 donation and may keep the profits from any items they sell. Jennings said more volunteers are also welcome to help on the day of the event.
“It’s (the effort to organizer a fundraiser) worth it because our hearts are in this to help,” Jennings said. “It is heartbreaking to see these cases when financial obligations determine treatment. We’re emotionally invested. We had to do something to help. We can give hope when all hope is lost.”
Jennings said staffers felt a real sense of making a difference recently when a client, who was battling cancer, felt she would have to have her cat put down because she couldn’t afford to have it treated for bladder stones. Resources from the Fund were used treat her beloved pet, relieving her of that burden in addition to fighting cancer.
People may obtain more information on the Hope Fund Rescue Fundraiser on Facebook at HopeFundRescue or by calling 276-238-0716.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.