Since CAF’s launch, more than 300 pets have been helped at over 35 veterinary hospitals across Rhode Island. Here are just a few of those stories.
Ashley rescued Sebastian from a shelter in Providence when he was a cuddly 6-month-old kitten. About a year later, Sebastian returned home from his outdoor adventures with a deep cut behind his left ear. Ashley immediately brought him to her veterinarian who told her that Sebastian’s wound was serious and needed stitches, along with two weeks of antibiotics and a month of follow-up care. Ashley, being a young single mother, could not afford to pay for all of Sebastian’s veterinary costs, but with CAF financial assistance, Sebastian’s bills were covered. Sebastian’s wound healed, and Ashley was delighted and relieved to see him return to his sweet cuddly self.
See more of Sebastian’s story in the CAF Fundraising Video >
Dakota is one of the sweetest American Pit Bull Terriers you’ll ever meet, and she loves to chase sticks! Dakota’s owner, Terry, noticed one day that Dakota wouldn’t stop scratching and then saw that Dakota’s belly was covered with a red rash. Terry took Dakota to her veterinarian right away to get her checked out. After a number of tests Dakota’s veterinarian found that Dakota had skin allergies—an easily treatable condition that required a round of antibiotics and a change in Dakota’s diet. Terry, after having just gotten out of the hospital herself and subsequently being out of work, needed help paying the bill that covered Dakota’s tests and antibiotic treatment. Terry qualified for CAF support and CAF funds covered two-thirds of Dakota’s bill. Terry was so grateful to her veterinarian and to the Companion Animal Foundation that she vowed to make a donation to CAF herself once she got back on her feet.
See Dakota in action in the CAF Television PSAs >
Other CAF Stories
Joe is a retired priest whose best friend and constant companion is a very large and affectionate mastiff mixed breed named Howie. When Howie started licking at a sore that wouldn’t heal, Joe took him to his vet where they diagnosed a cancer. Joe lives on a fixed income, but through CAF financial assistance, he was able to have a surgery done that removed the tumor and gave Howie back his quality of life—and Joe was able to keep his promise to always take care of Howie.
Yolanda wanted to thank all the pet lovers who have supported the CAF mission and made it possible for her to receive veterinary care for her little Chihuahua, Poppy, when he suddenly became listless and refused to eat. Poppy meant the world to Yolanda, but she had recently lost her house through a foreclosure and she simply couldn’t afford any additional bills. CAF funds supported diagnostic testing and treatment, and now Poppy is back to his old self and back with his loving family.