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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals

Mission: We remove obstacles that deny pet owners the ability to provide proper medical care for their pets

Results: Since we launched in September, 2012 we've helped hundreds of pets pay for needed medical treatment.

Target demographics: pet owners pay for veterinary expenses when money is tight

Direct beneficiaries per year: pets in 50 states (including DC) raise over $125,000 for veterinary expenses

Geographic areas served: all 50 US states

Programs: Chances (donations to specific pet medical treatments) and Benefactors (donations to veterinary hospitals to subsidize Chances under their care)

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Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Earlier this year, just months after first adopting her, I noticed a small lump on my cat Leyla’s neck. I was told by her vet, Banfield, that it was not something I should worry about – probably just a blocked salivia gland. They drained it, but the lump came back, this time bigger. I was referred to a surgeon, who believes the lump is actually a cyst, and will be operating on her Monday, Oct. 29. The surgery is going to cost me over $2,000. I am a single cat mom, living on a hairdressers salary, and I simply cannot afford the surgery without some help. It would mean the world to me, and Leyla’s sister Nahla, if you could donate even $1.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was in a panic. With no money. And a female that had come down with pyrometra. A disease that I had never heard of. And a likely hood of her dieing from it without an operation. Pet chance responded to my email immediately. And were very supportive. My little girl is past the emergency stage. And I found our county has vouchers for spaying. Which is what she has to have because of this disease. So I don't need their services at this time. But it's nice to know that they are there if another emergency does happen.I don't know if I can say I was a client served because I didn't need their complete service. But had I needed it I know they would have been there for me 100 %.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pet Chance does impressive work. At a time when personal finances are difficult for many and everyone has a hand out asking for donations, it's great to have an organization who goes above and beyond to help people meet their goals and help their pets. Pets are family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my cat Seymour started limping one morning, I took him to the vet and learned he had a caudal cruciate ligament rupture which required surgery. I had already exhausted my Care Credit for his exam and x-rays and had no idea how I would come up with the money for his surgery. A friend told me about PetChance, so I thought I would try it. I had never used a fundraising site before, but found PetChance extremely easy to set up and maintain (they also have a way you can thank donors right through the site!). Any time I had a question or concern, my email was answered quickly and completely. The day of the surgery, I contacted PetChance to ask them to send the money to the vet, and it was done almost immediately. PetChance is absolutely wonderful; without it, Seymour's surgery would never have been possible. I am more grateful to PetChance and their staff than they will ever know.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Luna's chance didn't have a happy ending, but I can't deny without PetChance I wouldn't have been able to get a proper diagnosis for her, closure, and well, a chance. We started looking for funds because we spent everything we had JUST to have her seen when the initial symptoms started, and as she got worse and worse we needed to take her in again but had no means to. The simple act of sharing a story made such a huge impact. We raised over $1,000 in less than 24 hours. I shared on Facebook, my Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr and people who could give, gave. People who could not, shared and managed to find others who could give a little more. Unfortunately though we were able to take her in for care very quickly, she was too far gone and we were out of nowhere suddenly making a decision on how to say our goodbyes. I will never forget the random acts of kindness people from random parts of the country put into this, the generosity, the warm wishes, the support, it's all helped the wound hurt a little less. I am eternally grateful for PetChance for helping make this happen. Luna died in our arms under euthanasia and will be cremated. The full amount was not used, either. So another thing I found beautiful is how those proceeds can go towards the care of other animals at the same facility who may need it. This company goes above and beyond to give people and their loved fuzzy (scaley or slithery) ones exactly what's in their name. A chance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the help from PetChance.org . I had to ask for help for my sisters dog that lives on the East Coast and I am on the West coast. Her little dog is in right now getting the help he needed because of the wonderful caring people here. Thank You all so very much

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hello i do cat rescue pet amazing group i have been able to get my rescues with health issues fully vetted treated one of my rescued named apollo fully recovered from his medical issues be cause of of this amazing group i tell all about them please tell all about them i am considering becoming volteener


Pet chance

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi I am in tears of My new Boxer has went through a surgery just to find he needs it again he went through two surgeries with in the last 4 weeks I am now facing the bill on Care credit . It is Over $3000.00 So far Not done yet, Oliver is 6 months so yeah not even registered I was not even had him well enough to get shots and register. That is my next move when he is well. Oliver is got a Clostrium i think how you say it. My baby had a mesh like coating that was thick and it was over the Small intestines covering most of his stomach. The medication he is on is thinner and is looking better but not out of the woods yet I need funding to pay the bills we had racked up. Please Help Oliver get better.
The story of pain this dog has been threw at 5 and 6 months.
I have a card funds can be uploaded too. You can contact me at
Jackie_hibbard@yahoo.com

2 jmeyers

Client Served

Rating: 5

In a moment of complete despair and heart break, crying uncontrollably in my car after being told my Emma needed an Emergency Abdominal Surgery and how much this may cost...and that they did not work off payments, and that payment was due at time of service kind of a deal.....with me not even having close to the amount of money needed.... I felt I was going to lose my kanine child who brings me so much joy and love, I did not know how I would get through this... I prayed to god for a miracle because my baby shouldn't have to die because I didn't have the money to save her.... then my cell phone rings and it was the manager of the vet clinic my Emma was being treated at because she didn't know I was out in their parking lot still crying my eyes out..... she told me that "someone" was donating making a large donation that was enough for them to start the surgery, but I had to ok it and I had to agree to make a pet chance account for Emma to ask for donations to help pay the rest of the balance plus a payment arrangement.. and without a second thought, I said YES YES YES..I will do anything. I did not know anything about pet chance at this time, other than they were saving my Emma's life. Pet Chance is a wonderful wonderful organization that help save the lives of our beloved furry babies and I will forever be greatful, and I will forever want to be a part of this myself. Once I am back on my feet, I will be one of those donators who help save other furry babies. It truly is such a blessing and they do miracles... because this was my miracle..... and how do you thank someone for that? I honestly don't know... but I do know, I want to be a part of helping other animals and I encourage others to be a part of it as well. Thank you Pet Chance for saving my Emma and all the other furry babies out there that you have, or will save in the future. You're an amazing organization. Thank you so much.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had never heard of Pet Chance. When my Golden Retriever, 'Autumn Marie' got a terrible infection on her tail. this is when I found out about it. She has been to the vets 6 times in 9 days and will be going back again Friday. She HAD to be seen this often to try to get this infection under control. I lost my job 12/31/13 so I asked my vet if there was any discount I could have. She is the one that led me to Pet Chance. I was kind of embarrassed to ask for help, but so many of my wonderful Facebook friends stepped up to the plate to help me and my dog out. I am so humbled. Pet Chance has been so helpful. The only complaint that I heard of was that some folks wanted to leave their names, they didn't know how to do it so it came up as 'Anonymous'. That makes me feel bad as I don't know who to thank. Other than that though I think it was quite simple. Thanks so much Pet Chance for the help!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I noticed that, under the question: "HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU WERE YOU TREATED?" .. the highest praise to choose from is "Quite well". I would have selected "I was treated with exemplary care." I have only praise for the good people at Pet Chance. They listened, responded effectively, communicated clearly, and went out of their way to accommodate me. I have much respect and appreciation for them. and so much gratitude that they were there when my sweet boy and I needed them. Ultimately, they made his life easier, and saved him great discomfort. I trusted only one vet with my baby, and had I to do it over again, I would trust only Pet Chance during a difficult time.

Thank You

1 Cathy73

Client Served

Rating: 5

Daisy needed surgery to correct a Congenital medial patella subluxation. I wasn't sure where to get the money but came across Pet Chance. I decided to give it a try and have nothing but praise for this organization. I honestly don't know how I would have been able to help Daisy if not for Pet Chance. This was a great experience and Daisy had her surgery. Thank you so much for being here and caring and willing to answer any questions I might have had. Pet Chance truly is one of a kind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This experience was new to me. I was scared to start a fund raiser, but I was more scared of not being able to help my dog. I was willing to do anything to help Mr.Nice. Pet Chance gave me hope, encouragement and the knowledge to be a success story. Mr.Nice was older and people said to "accept the fact that his time was nearing an end". But, I was not going to give up. With Pet Chance and a little work on my part, Mr.Nice is now getting up on his own and walking stronger. He looks happier and that makes it ALL worth it.

1 Kelly120

Client Served

Rating: 5

Petchance is truly one of a kind. They have helped me and my sick cat Leo not just financially but emotionally. They are a wealth of knowledge and support. I am so grateful for this organization. I will continue to spread the word about this wonderful cause!

1 Debbie113

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know what I would do without PetChance. They have been there for Dexter and myself so many times. Their customer service is outstanding. They answer questions very fast. They provide us with so many ideas on how to get our PetChances noticed.

Debbie F.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am new to all of this with my dog just being diagnosed to have cancer. I found this site. I find they are so helpful to work with and go out of the way to answer everyday little questions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PetChance.Org has been the most amazing experience for me in helping me fund the care required for my dog, who was diagnosed with a disk problem in her back. They are caring, compassionate, and sincerely try to help everyone they touch. By working directly with veterinarians to verify pets' needs, they confirm the diagnosis of the pet and also the legitimacy of the funding request. Other sites pay the requestor directly, and there has been some deception on these sites as a result of that practice. With PetChance.Org, the funds go directly to the veterinarian, so there is no chance of deception. I think this is a great idea and I am so happy to see this happen. I now know where to go to help others when they need assistance with their pet care. I will definitely pay it forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i AM SO GLAD THAT PET CHANCE HAD HELPED ME WITH THE FUNDS THAT I REALLY NEED THAN YOU SO MUCH EVERYBODY

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Chance was amazing in helping my 2 year old Golden Retriever Moose who was diagnosed with lymphoma. He was entered in one of their contests at a dog function and they were so amazing in helping us when we had difficulty. The payments were prompt and so were emails. They were amazing!

2 Jef W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Twice my car Daniel needed major surgery, and both times I was directed to PetChance to help raise the funds required. I do not know how I ever would have been able to provide him care without their help. Everything was handled fast, efficiently, and with a minimum of fuss or red tape. I recommend them to every person I meet who needs help with a vet bill.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my cat Tao needed a leg amputation, I stumbled across
PetChance and boy was I glad I did. My request was met,
they made sure to check in on us throughout, and were
overall extremely professional and personable.

If you need some financial assistance, this is THE place to go.

Thank you so much!

2 Jessica149

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think Pet Chance is a very wonderful group to work with. All you do is create your chance/profile or whatever & share it with friends & family & pet chance goes well beyond their way to do the rest & make sure the vet recieves payment on time

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My cat Mr. WAFFLES wasn't doing well, and I had no money once so ever to take him to the vet. Because of this charity, almost all the money we needed was raised in two days! Thank you pet chance!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so happy I found petchance.org. If you wanna donate any where please do it here. I received a donation the day after
I made the profile. The CEO Pete is wonderful and will answer any questions you have. Petchance.org helps people pay vet bills they can't pay and it's wonderful. Thankyou petchance.org for helping me. If you need help with your pet this is the place to come. They call your vet to verify your story and any donations are sent to the vet so nobody that donates has to worry about it being a scam.

David200

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity helped us by raising funds for our poor dog who got hit by a car and needed extensive surgery. W figured it was a long short but signed up. They came through with a small but helpful donation. I recommend them very highly.

Tiffani D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There were pamphlets for Pet Chance at the location were my baby had her Spinal Surgery. I am so glad I took the time to pick one up and read it. The idea behind this website is so great and a long time overdue in my opinion. I tell people that it's like Kick Starter but for Pets. They have been great to work with and very easy to get the bill paid. Please keep up the good work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rachel and I have been using PetChance since May 2013. Before Rachel became sick, I had lost my job and my home, so being able to actually have found a place that allows and owner to be proactive is WONDERFUL!!

They offer tips on how to generate interest and money and they are quick to answer any questions or solve any problems.

I have recommended them to other owners and will continue to do so.

Thank you PetChance!!! You all ROCK!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Something that a lot of people forget is the cost of medical care. Insurance often makes us forget just how much it costs. When we bring our pets to the vet, it is very overwhelming to learn when we cannot afford the care they need.

Pet Chance offers a wonderful way for people to be able to afford medical care for their pets. It is the mission of the organization, and many lives have brightened in the short time since Pet Chance began.

I don't think that Pet Chance stops at saving the lives of animals. It also provides a way for people to connect to something they care about. It helps connect people. It provides a way for people to reliably commit to something they believe in.

Melannie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had our Pit Bull puppy for only a little under 2 weeks when my daughter was backing out of our driveway and hit Kia causing her to need a major surgery and lots of follow-up care. We were devastated when we thought we would have to euthanize her for lack of money. Her vet & surgeon said she would make a full recovery after the surgery. When the vet technician came in with your flier we had hope. We took a leap of faith and had the surgery done. I signed us up on Pet Chance and it was so easy. Then while we cared for our hurt puppy; people from all around donated to help us to help Kia. It was heartwarming to say the least. If it were not for Pet Chance; we would not have our now healthy and happy puppy running around and going everywhere with my family. We could not imagine our lives without her. THANK YOU Pet Chance!!!

ericmelin

Advisor

Rating: 5

I'm an Advisor to PetChance.org which is staffed by seasoned business executives, technologists, volunteers, and veterinary experts with decades of experience - it's a great group of people truly committed to helping pets & pet care-givers who need a helping hand during difficult times. While thousands of "Great Non-Profits" all deserve your time, attention and financial support - know that your time/money is handled by people @ PetChance.org who do truly care about giving Pets a Chance and are incredibly efficient with limited funds. Helping PetChance.org is my way of memorializing Phaedrus, an F1 African Savannah Cat I lost to inexplicable Feline Leukemia before PetChance.org existed. After thousands of dollars in chemo & vet bills...I understand the incredibly difficult economic decisions families must make…on top of already tough situations. Please memorialize your favorite pet by helping Pet Chance, Inc. itself in your Planned Giving & Estate Planning discussions. Pay-it-forward now by taking a moment to Sponsor a Pet on PetChance.org! …just 10 minutes + $10 can have direct, immediate, and tangible impact.

Sharon91

Client Served

Rating: 5

My rabbit, Aero, is currently very sick. She's suffering from residual head tilt as a result of Pasturella. Her head is tilted all the way over to the side, which affects her balance and causes her to roll frequently, something that's not only uncomfortable but also generates the possibility for further injury. Her initial vet bills totaled more than $400, which was a huge burden for me on my currently limited budget (right now I'm a single mother and a full time student with only a part time job).

Then acupuncture was recommended to help Aero. The treatments need to be done on a weekly basis, and while I was hopeful that they would help I was not hopeful about my ability to afford the treatments. Then I found PetChance, and in a little over a week some very generous people have already donated a total of $145 towards Aero's treatments. She's already had her first few treatments, and her mobility has improved significantly!

PetChance is a wonderful organization, and I love that the donations go directly to Aero's vet so that donors don't have to worry that they are getting scammed. Thank you PetChance!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My cat, Peaches, was diagnosed as being hyperthyroid last year. She had a negative response to the medication she was supposed to be on, so my treatment choices for her were limited and expensive. I found PetChance online and liked the fact that they checked out every animal and their story before allowing the go-ahead to fundraise --- no one likes to give money knowing there is the potential for it not going to the intended party or purpose --- so I felt this was the safest and most honest way to go when asking for donations.

They could not have made it easier for us. Lots of suggestions, personal help and lots of prayers and good thoughts from the volunteers and those donating really got us through this tough time. Peaches is back to her old self...and I am forever greatful to PetChance for helping me get her back to that point.

We look forward to be able to do the same when we can for others!

Lisa287

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Chance was an angel to us. They helped us get Luna Moon's much needed surgery. If is wasn't for petchance.org, Luna Moon would not be with us now!
This is one of the best ways to raise much needed funds for any animal's care.
Pass the word along, Petchance.org Rocks!
Thank you again, Petchance.org & all who helped us get the funds necessary to have our Luna Moon's surgery.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my cat Buddy was ill this past summer, he ended up needing surgery twice. I had already incurred some hugh vet bills with visits to the animal emergency and my vet. My resources were pretty non-existant, although it did not deter me from getting the care Buddy needed. My vet told me about petchance.org. I went on their site, got all set up and let my family and friends far and wide know about this great way petchance helps people like me. It was a great experience and so helpful with being able to let people know of my (and Buddy's) need financially. There are so few resources out there for folks who want to care for their pets, but cannot afford to. A site like Petchance.org is the perfect vehicle for helping people raise the monies they need. If you don't "ask" for help, you deny the opportunity for people to help you and your pet. I recommend Petchance.org ALL the time. I am in the animal welfare business both professionally and as a volunteer.....Kudos to Petchance.org and all the people who work there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found out my dog needed an expensive surgery I was given a list of organizations that could help. After filling out info for every site I was given, Pet Chance was not only the only one that got back to me but also kept in touch with me through the entire process.
I was denied any kind of help because I, like so many others lost it all, years of hard work gone in 4 months. Being at a loss of where to turn and to find such a sympathetic and upstanding group is rare these days. When I created the chance for my dog we didn't even have an appointment with the hospital yet and understandably it is part of there check to be able to post one. I emailed the staff and was replied to almost immediately.
While they were verifying the told me to submit my chance and again got back to me asap to move forward and now we are receiving donations.
I can only say thank you and know I will pay it forward here by helping others through Pet Chance as soon as I can.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For Beau and I, it wasn't just about the money, it was about the love and support we received during a very troubling time. My Beau is a 6 year old volunteer kitty, who is FIV positive. In Aug. 2012, his nose started to bleed and run. Other than that he was very healthy. I was told twice to put him down, and he saw I believe 6 vets, who all agreed that he had terminal nasal cancer. He accrued hundreds of dollars in vet bills. Finally, a savvy vet, diagnosed him with a sinus infection, and the rest is history. Beau is completely healed today. Very few people supported me during that dark time, and after 9 months of fighting, I was pretty weary when the victory came, but Pet Chance not only raised about 1/2 of Beau's vet bill, I felt that they were really in the stands cheering us on. I cannot say enough good things about them!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow. I met Pet Chance at the Pet Rock Festival this weekend. What a great idea!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only does Petchance have an incredibly good idea to help pets they are also very fast to get back to you when you need them. Great company!