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Brown Dog Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: To bridge the gap between the cost of medical care and saving the family pet.

Results: 1548 Family pets saved since 2006 ~200 family pets saved each year

Target demographics: to help pet owners avoid the unnecessary decision to euthanize their pet when treatment is available to save their life

Direct beneficiaries per year: 227 families.

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: Guidance and Referral to alternative, lower cost treatment protocols, Payment Plans, Grants to help cover the cost of one-time treatments and assistance purchasing lower cost medications.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We cannot thank Brown Dog enough!!! What an amazing nonprofit organization. They helped remove a bladder mass for our pup Bentley and saved his life!!! Forever grateful. Wonderful staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brown Dog Foundation is an amazing nonprofit that helps families and their fur babies in times of need. I’ve seen them help in my own life (years ago with our black lab’s ACL surgery we got a referral for) and have tried to help in return along the way. We’ve attended the wine dinner and got Top Cat of the year a few years back by raising funds. What a beautiful, breath of fresh air BDF is!

1 Erika R.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brown Dog saves my dog’s life and gave her a life worth living. This would never have happened had it not been for Carol’s immediate response to my inquiry, and I will forever be grateful for her dedication to the cause!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The thought of having to put your beloved pet to sleep only because you do not have the financial means to pay for their illness or injury is unthinkable. That is where Brown Dog comes in - an angel for these four-legged friends and their families. I have donated for several years as I truly believe in this organization and it’s mission. So many pets have been saved and live long healthy lives with their families because of the financial assistance from Brown Dog.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always had dogs and cats in my life so I know that they are much more that pets they are family members. When one of our greyhounds was diagnosed with cancer at a very young age we knew that we wanted to fight it with everything we could. Unfortunately we didn't have enough financial resources at the time to cover all of the expenses. Fortunately my sister helped us out and Evie lived for 6.5 more years as a happy pup. Many pet parents do not have access to money when their pets get sick and that is why Brown Dog is so important!

1 Suzanne C.3

Donor

Rating: 5

A top-notch organization that is dedicated to keeping pets and their families together by providing financial assistance for veterinary care.

1 Bethanie P.

Donor

Rating: 5

While I personally have not needed the services of Brown Dog Foundation (thankfully!), they provide a much needed resource for pet lovers who face the heartbreaking scenario of not being able to afford the care that would save their much beloved pet. What Brown Dog Foundation does is literally life and death, and not just for the animals. involved. For many, a pet may be the one source of love, companionship, and in some cases, a reason for getting out of bed in the morning. I am honored to support this foundation and the important work they do.

1 Lisa Robinson S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brown Dog is a wonderful foundation helping people help their four legged family members.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome nonprofit that helps pets when they need it most.

1 Vicki37

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brown Dog Foundation helped me immensely with my dog's medical bills after she was diagnosed with Dermal Hemangiosarcoma. She needed surgery to remove a mass and I only had enough money to pay for the ultrasound and x-rays. I'm on disability, so I wouldn't have been able to get the life-saving surgery without them.

After my boyfriend passed away in 2018, I had no help with finances and my dogs had become my entire life. I'm eternally grateful for Brown Dog - my sweet girl wouldn't be here without them.

Friday's surgery was in April 2019 and as of this May (2020), she's still in remission!

1 SuzanneCannon

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Brown Dog Foundation is a literal lifesaver for pets who need veterinary care and the families who love them. In the current economic climate, many pet owners simply can't pay out of pocket for the full upfront cost of veterinary care - especially emergency or surgical care. Brown Dog helps fill in the gap for these pet owners, who would otherwise have nowhere to turn. I am a big fan of this organization because their mission keeps pets and their people together, and reduces the heartbreaking frequency of economic euthanasia and owner surrender of pets. Brown Dog is an innovator in coming up with sustainable, creative methods for helping more pet owners afford veterinary care, and they are deeply committed to improving financial access to care across the socioeconomic spectrum, as is evident through their activities and alliances with other organizations with similar missions. They are honest, transparent, empathic and compassionate. If you care about animal welfare and the human-animal bond, Brown Dog Foundation is worthy of your support, because they truly recognize and honor the sanctity of the human-animal bond.

2 Glynis B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not say enough good about this nonprofit organization. They helped me and my pup, Gus get two lumps removed in August without their help I would not have been able to do this myself. Again, thank you Brown Dog Foundation

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Iona and Brown Dog Foundation helped me and my Murphy dog out when he got sick and had cancer and helped with the medicine and doctor visits and treatment. I am very thankful for the foundation and all the help they gave me and Murphy

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with The Brown Dog Foundation was awesome. Soldier our pit bull had bad experience and we didn't have the funds to do all the test and medical care for him. Brown Dog Foundation came to our rescue. Carol Smock and Dr. Hatcher help us. The Foundation helps people who cannot afford the cost for the treatment for our pets. They are the best. Please if you can donate to them. They do help our pets. Brown Dog Foundation is a worthwhile cause that does important work!

4 Susan535

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brown Dog Foundation has been a God Send in my life and that of my 12 year old terrier mix, Allie. When I was facing more than my share of life challenges and found myself physically unable to work, Allie was diagnosed with a high probability of Cushing's disease. My veterinarian referred me to Brown Dog Foundation and I reached out immediately for help. At that time, without Brown Dog's help, I could not have afforded to have her testing done for correct diagnosis or purchased the necessary medications to keep my Allie as healthy as she could be. I probably would have lost my sweet girl. They helped save her life. They gave me hope. Since their assistance, I have volunteered for the organization whenever possible and have witnessed and heard many stories from others about how Brown Dog has made such a huge impact on the lives of pet owners/pet parents and their pets. When a pet parent is being faced with hardships such as personal illness, sudden loss of employment, etc., and their beloved pet companion is suddenly injured or becomes ill, it is devastating and overwhelming. Brown Dog helps bring recovery to the pet and hope to the pet parents. I cannot find the words to express how valuable this charity is to so many people. I am so grateful for their existence!

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Brown Dog Foundation has had a tremendous impact on pets being able to receive the care they need. Too many times I've seen owners have to make difficult choices because of financial constraints, but with the help of the BDF, owners and their pets have viable options.

What this organization has done and continues to do simply amazes me. I encourage all veterinary hospitals to consider working with the BDF and donating to this wonderful cause.

Carol, thank you for all of your hard work!

6 OSU_PetDoc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have both volunteered and donated to this organization and will continue to do so into the future. The organization helps families pay the hefty vet bills that are often associated with injured or ill pets. No one should have to make the difficult decision to treat or not to treat but unfortunately, during these difficult economic times, many families are faced with this harsh reality. Brown Dog Foundation is a worthwhile cause that does important work!