From April to June, local VCA hospitals collected donations by allowing customers to round up all their transaction amounts to the nearest dollar, raffling off services, and a variety of other fundraising methods.
The hospitals raised donations for Companions of Heroes, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing carefully trained, rescued service animals to wounded military veterans. “This successful campaign allowed VCA clients to donate their small change, which directly benefits local and national animal welfare non-profits that are dedicated to ensuring that all pets in need have a better chance for a happy and healthy life,” said Ron Tatum, VCA Charities executive director. “I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the field and hospital team members who worked so hard to make this year’s campaign a resounding success. Their dedication and enthusiasm generated funds that can help to provide the essential services that pets need and deserve.”
“Our clients are caring and compassionate. Each year they enthusiastically support our fundraiser,” said VCA Delaware Valley hospital manager Marilyn Katz.
Companions for Heroes provides companion animals and skilled companion dogs, obtained from shelters and rescues, free of charge (after reimbursement) to active duty military personnel, military veterans, and first- responders recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country. Companions for Heroes increases public awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other challenges confronting our country’s heroes; and rally’s support for animal welfare and the adoption of shelter and rescue animals.
PHOTO CAP: Pictured from left at the check presentation, Jimmy Childers, Marine vet with Lexi, his service dog through Companions for Heroes; David Sharpe, founder of Companions for Heroes; Lisa Hewlett (VCA); Marilyn Katz, VCA Hospital Manager; and Dr. Christopher Phelan, VCA vet.