Mission: Acaf assists family-owned pets in the greater pittsburgh area who need emergency or specialty care at pvsec. Our objective is to offer pet owners, in financial crisis, an alternative to euthanasia when their pet faces a treatable, yet life threatening condition. Acaf offers financial assistance to families in need to give their pets a chance for a better and longer life.
Programs: Pets are a vital part of many families, yet every year more than one million pets go without critical veterinary care in the united states. Although there is a financial responsibility in caring for a beloved pet, it is devastating when an owner's financial situation makes them unable to provide veterinary care for a treatable, yet life-threatening condition. The "emergency assistance fund" will help treat animals who might otherwise be put down or suffer needlessly. The animal care and assistance fund provided assistance to over 150 pets of needy owners in 2017. See schedule o for further description of the program accomplishments. The assistance payments are granted to the owners of the pets in need but are paid directly to the departments of the pittsburgh veterinary specialty and emergency clinic (pvsec) on behalf of the pet owners. The "emergency assistance fund-; "cancer care fund (asta's angel fund)-; and "eye care fund (maggie's fund)" requires that the pet owners provide at least 50% of the cost of care in order to receive aid from the "emergency assistance fund". Veterinary emergency clinic (vec) one of the departments of pvsec, vec is majority owned by acaf's board chair dr. Kenton rexford. For further information on the relationship of vec and acaf please also see schedule l. In 2017 vec received 37,199 in payments for services performed on behalf of the pets of owners serviced by acaf.
animal blood banking is a relatively new concept. As pets become more and more a part of our family, and with the growth in veterinary specialty services, the demand for transfusion therapy to treat many diseases and injuries has risen dramatically. Every day, sick and injured animals rely on transfusion therapy. The need for blood products continually increases. Please seriously consider having your pet become a blood donor hero to help us meet this growing demand. See schedule o for further description of the program accomplishments. The rogan rexford animal blood bank allows veterinarians to treat their patients quickly and safely with blood collected from volunteers. Acaf's goal is to grow and operate the blood bank to service the entire pittsburgh region. The blood bank is operated on behalf of acaf by the pittsburgh veterinary specialty and emergency clinic (pvsec). In 2017 the veterinary emergency clinic (vec) which is majority owned by acaf's board chair dr. Kenton rexford, was the sole purchaser of blood units from the blood bank. For further information on the relationship of vec and acaf please also see schedule l. In 2017 pvsec, vec and other departments within pvsec, provided a substantial amount of the support of the operations of the blood bank.