1823 CR 386, Tyler, TX 75708 (Map) | Mailing Address: PO Box 6151 Tyler, Texas 75711-6151 - Phone: 903-597-2471
KTBB Staff Meeting Interview with Gayle Helms of Pets Fur People
Groups Providing Financial Assistance For Veterinary Bills
American Animal Hospital Association
“Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship.”
Brown Dog Foundation
Provides funding to families who find themselves with a sick pet that would likely respond to treatment, but due to an unforseen circumstance, there is not enough money immediately available to make it happen.
Canine Cancer Awareness
Donations made to Canine Cancer Awareness are used for veterinary care for dogs with cancer whose families are financially unable to provide treatment.
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
“With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.”
Cats in Crisis
Is dedicated to helping cats and kittens with special medical needs receive the veterinary treatment they need to live happy, healthy lives. We believe in a Commitment for Life and feel that no special needs cat should be euthanized due to a caretaker’s limited financial means.
Offers payment plans to pet owners that can help provide needed emergency treatments for pets.
Fairy Dog Parents
Fairy DogParents is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that helps prevent dogs from being surrendered to shelters.We provide assistance with food, medical and general wellness needs of qualified dog recipients in Massachusetts. If you are faced with the choice of surrendering your dog because of personal financial circumstances you may qualify for our assistance.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
“Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten – any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion.”
The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.
We are a non-profit foundation dedicated to finding cures and saving pets with cancer and other serious pet diseases. We fund Grants for emergency and specialty care from our Hope Funds to treat pets with promising outcomes whose families cannot afford the full cost of care. Shared contributions are also made by the treating hospital and treating veterinarian to give the family the most financial help possible.
God’s Creatures Ministry
“This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help.”
Gracie’s Mission is to educate pet owners about holistic medical treatments and to provide financial assistance to individuals of limited income that meet the guidelines set forth by the Mission.
Paws 4 A Cure
The mission of Paws 4 A Cure is to provide financial assistance for canine and feline owners who cannot afford veterinary care for their beloved furry family members otherwise.
Shakespeare Animal Fund
Shakespeare Animal Fund, a non-profit charity, was founded after the loss of a beloved Cocker Spaniel “Shakespeare”. He died after a very costly illness, and in his memory this fund was founded to help others who might face financial problems while trying to save their pet. Let Shakespeare help you!
The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund
We work directly with veterinarians to help needy families get treatment for their cats and dogs suffering from cancer.
The Magic Bullet Fund
Every day 8,000 dogs are diagnosed with cancer. We help the families who can’t afford treatment costs.
The Mosby Foundation
The Mosby Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, to assist in the care of critically sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.
The Pet Fund
While costs are an inevitable part of the responsibility of owning companion animals, The Pet Fund assists owners in covering medical costs beyond the normal expenses of vaccination, spay & neuter surgeries, food and routine veterinary care. Adopting a companion animal always involves both expense and commitment, and if owners have a resource to help with medical services, their animals can receive necessary care despite the financial burdens involved.
The Riedel & Cody Fund
The Riedel & Cody Fund is a community of caregivers that provides support for people whose beloved pets are suffering with cancer. We provide support, resources and treatment funding for people whose pets have cancer.
National Animal Organizations that may provide assistance:
Alley Cat Allies
Are you facing tough financial times and struggling to make ends meet for your entire family-including your pets and feral cat colony? Alley Cat Allies has ideas on how to make providing care more affordable, including resources for obtaining food and for helping you cover emergency veterinary costs
American Humane Association
American Humane Association’s Second Chance Fund helps offset the cost of treating homeless animal victims of abuse or neglect. Through the Second Chance Fund, American Humane Association is able to financially assist agencies that rescue, care for, and re-home abused or neglected animals.
The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced the establishment of the Cohen Family Veterinary Care Assistance Fund, a new $300,000 program that will fund emergency medical treatment of at-risk dogs and cats in Miami-Dade County, Fla. It will be used to treat dogs and cats that have entered either HSGM or partner agency Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) with emergency medical needs, either as strays or whose owners are no longer able to care for them.
Best Friends Animal Society
Humane Society of the US
The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Rural Area Veterinary Services Program (HSVMA-RAVS) is a non-profit veterinary outreach program. We combine community service and education to bring free veterinary services to under-served rural communities, where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible.
We Are Family, Too – short-term and seed funding for animal welfare groups to help pet owners who have lost their homes or are experiencing temporary financial hurdles. We Are Family, Too funds such programs as Pet food banks, Product donations, Referral lists of pet-friendly housing, Short-term foster pet care, andVeterinary services.
We provide emergency relief funding and supplies to assist pets in three different types of situations: Large-scale disasters (e.g. hurricanes, fires and other natural catastrophes); Multiple-animal rescue disasters; One-animal victim of abuse or violence. Our Emergency Relief Waggin’ program helps the pet victims of natural and manmade disasters. Our six, 53-foot semi-trailers are pre-loaded with donated emergency supplies so we can quickly assist pets and the people working to save them.
It’s here! The Fall 2012 Paws and Claws Newsletter is hot off the presses and packed with new and exciting things going on at the Humane Society of East Texas! Come on by our website and get signed up to receive the newsletter automatically through your e-mail – or you can download the newsletter from the site. Fall 2012 Paws and Claws Newsletter
Please visit our new Special Needs section – it’s purpose is to feature pets who in spite of their handicap survived and are enjoying their life (with some help). Some of the residents here at Pets Fur People are very special and unique individuals that may have experienced some difficult times in their lives, and their path to the Pets Fur People may not have been an easy one. They would make wonderful pets but are often lost among the many adoptable healthy ones and need a little more exposure and attention to find their matching owners. Please do visit and see if your new forever friend is waiting there for you.
Pets Fur People Pet Supply Shop
These pet supplies are donated to us and are sold very affordable. It’s a way for us to raise money for our animal sanctuary. Our selection varies every day. Sometimes we have dog beds, cat beds, litter boxes, shampoos, chew toys, leashes, dog coats and jackets, food and water bowls, pet taxis, wire crates and blankets for sale. Drop by and shop till you drop!
You are welcome to shop at our store Tuesday through Sunday 10 am until 5 pm – closed for lunch 1-2.
Pets Fur People Partners with Meals on Wheels
June 4, 2013 (TYLER, TX) – Two local organizations announced a new partnership that will bring pet food to the homes of homebound seniors and disabled individuals who face challenges in feeding their household pets. Pets Fur People (formerly the Humane Society of East Texas) and Meals on Wheels Ministry call the program “Meals Fur Pets,” and starting Monday, June 3, volunteers in Tyler will begin delivering pet food to current clients of Meals on Wheels Ministry. The pet food has been donated to Pets Fur People, which oversees the packaging of the dry food suitable for house-sized cats and dogs.
“Meals on Wheels organizations across the county have begun implementing similar programs in response to a need that is observed many times by our volunteers on the front lines,” said Mike Powell, President/CEO of Meals on Wheels Ministry. “In extreme circumstances, we have heard volunteers express concern that some of their clients may even be sharing their own meals with their pets. We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring this new service to our clients in need, especially knowing that for so many, a pet is a true companion to seniors living in isolation.”
The idea behind Meals Fur Pets was born during a conversation several years ago between then Humane Society volunteer Debbie Zea and Executive Director Gayle Helms. Today, Ms. Zea serves as Community Liaison for Meals on Wheels, and she recently began working out the details of the program with Ms. Helms.
“Pets Fur People is dedicated to ensuring the welfare of animals in East Texas, and this program enables us to address the needs of pets that might otherwise face instability and even find their way into our shelter without assistance,” said Ms. Helms, Executive Director of Pets Fur People. “I am thrilled to see our dream of partnership turn into reality, as we embark upon the first phase of this program in Tyler.”
For now, the program is limited to clients of Meals on Wheels who live in Tyler, but the organization hopes to eventually grow the program to address the needs of all clients across its six county service area.
Pets Fur People is a selective admission, life-sustaining animal sanctuary. Its mission is to provide a temporary haven for the animals in their care, until they find their forever families. Pets Fur People was originally established as The Humane Society of Smith County in 1963 by concerned citizens in Tyler. More information may be found at www.petsfurpeople.org.
Meals on Wheels Ministry currently serves over 3,000 seniors and homebound individuals in 30 communities across six counties including Gregg, Henderson, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties. Meals on Wheels Ministry is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing good nutritious meals, daily contacts, and other support services that enable senior citizens and disabled persons to remain independent and living in their own homes as long as possible. More information on client services, volunteer opportunities and much more may be found online at www.mealsonwheelseasttexas.org.
To donate dog and cat food deliver to our shelter. List of supplies we are always in need of:
DRY ADULT DOG FOOD
DRY PUPPY CHOW
MILK BONES (NO RAWHIDE)
DRY PURINA KITTEN & CAT CHOW
CLAY CAT LITTER
POWDER LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Buy a Cookbook & Support Pets Fur People – $10.00
We are proud to offer you the chance to order this wonderful cookbook! This cookbook is beautifully made in a hard-covered, 3-ring binder. The cost for this wonderful cookbook is only $10!!! Shipping is only $5.00! Or check below for local sales locations.
The recipes are specially compiled by friends of the Pet Fur People. There is a special section that features a dedication to Miranda Lambert, 2008 CMA Female Vocalist nominee, and her Shelter pup, Delilah. The cookbook also contains several recipes contributed by the Lambert family.
There is a separate section in this cookbook containing recipes to make special treats for your dog or cat. Yummy!
All proceeds will go to the Pet Fur People.
The following places of businesses now have the Pet Fur People’s “Doggone Good Recipes” Cookbook on sale for $10!!
*The Pet Fur People, Call 903-597-2471 Tue-Sat and place your order!
Alternatively you can send a check or money order (made out to Pets Fur People) for $15 per book and send it to Pets Fur People Cookbook Offer, 1823 CR 386, Tyler, TX 75708 – be sure to include your shipping address and quantity of books wanted. Any other questions please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you!
*USA Shipping, 2702 East 5th Street, Tyler
*College Books 1232 E. 5th Street, Tyler
Shop to Donate to Your Favorite Animal Charity
In these tough economic times more animals are being neglected, abandoned or surrendered to shelters. Extreme weather conditions in different areas of the United States have also contributed to the number of shelter animals. While demand for shelter and rescue services has increased, donations have not kept pace.
A group of animal lovers with pet industry experience have combined their talents to develop and offer a unique solution to the shelter-funding problem with a new website AdoptAShelter.com. Every time a purchase is made through AdoptAShelter.com, at any one of over 400 top-name online stores, 100% of the amount displayed is donated to the animal organization or shelter chosen by the shopper. They can buy just about anything online and earn a donation, all without logging in or remembering a password.
Chris Ruben, founder and CEO explains: “We wanted AdoptAShelter.com to be safe and easy to use, which is why we don’t require you to register or download / install anything. We do not collect any of your personal information in order for you to support your favorite animal charity. Nobody needs another username and password to keep up with. Simply visit AdoptAShelter.com and choose a location and a shelter. Click on the ‘Shop Now’ button and shop.”
Additionally, AdoptAShelter.com goes the extra mile and provides top-notch information from leading experts about animal health and behavior in order to facilitate more and improved adoptions. These resources are essential to helping these precious animals find their successful forever homes. AdoptAShelter.com offers shelters and humane organizations an ongoing revenue stream independent of direct donations and other fundraising programs. There are no costs or sales efforts involved.
“Just think of what we could accomplish,” says Ruben, “if every animal lover used AdoptAShelter.com every time they made an online purchase. Through this site, shelters and animal welfare organizations could meet the challenges of today and tomorrow …. Just Shop to Donate!”
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