October 20, 2012
Animals have been a part of my life ever since my earliest memories. As a kid I took for granted having pets and keeping them healthy - my mom took care of all the bills, so I had no idea how much taking care of animals can really cost. As I became an adult, with animals that were my responsibility and not my mom's, I started realizing how expensive animals can really be. It's simple enough to budget for the yearly check-ups, but when an emergency arises, too many times people must choose between the health of their animal and feeding their family. Recently, one of my cats unbeknownst to me swallowed some string, which then lodged in his stomach and intestines. My wonderful vets were able to save him, but it was a close call and cost a lot of money. Luckily I was able to afford it. So many are not. I couldn't imagine having to make the choice to euthanize an otherwise perfectly healthy 2 year old cat simply because of cost; unfortunately every day many people are forced to make such a decision. Thank goodness RedRover is there to help. Their wonderful, compassionate staff not only provide financial help, they also provide emotional support and expert advice on how people can raise money on their own to help defray the vet costs. While RedRover can't cover the whole bill, and can't provide financial help to everyone who asks, they always provide a shoulder to lean on. And their other programs are equally wonderful - promoting humane literacy, sheltering animals during emergencies, and helping to go after animal abusers. Their tireless staff believe passionately in their work and make this a wonderful, effective organization to be a part of.
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