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Pet Assistance, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: We believe that the special bond between pet and owner should never be broken because of a financial or medical crisis; that no pet will ever be surrendered, abandoned, die at home or be euthanized solely because its owner could not afford urgent or emergency veterinary care. Furthermore, we want to help end 'economic euthanasia' and 'economic amputation'...the removal of a limb solely because an owner cannot afford to have the limb plated or pinned.

Target demographics: people and their pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2400 Callers

Geographic areas served: ALL STATES

Programs: emergency veterinary grants for pets of people in financial need, common sense advice and education regarding sick and injured pets

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kitty had MEGA COLON which is a blocked colon and deadly and was told him was the worst eve r seen by 3 different vets! They tried to convince me to put him down! But my kitty named Bear, started rubbing and being overly affectiontate to even the vets and strangers as if he was telling us to please don't give up on me and help me! Luckily no underlying disease was to blame but likely his long hair and lack of drinking water, wet and healthier food to blame. He underwent 2 different invasive enemas, one vet tried to manually evacuate the impacted stool and was on many medications. These 2 different visits cost over $1200 but didn't work! He then after I cried and begged the vet to please try referred us to a vet surgeon whom had to go in and surgically removed most of his colon but he is now doing so good and remained cuddly and seems so appreciative to have his life saved and pain relieved! I am a disabled alone low income woman and some friends helped but Pet Assistance also paid off one of my balances due and with ease and graciousness! Bear and I can not thank them enough to save his precious life and to add unconditional love this lonely alone woman and give meaning to my life!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My dog max had to have his eye removed due to trauma he endured. I thought with the cost we were given of over $2600 we would have to surrender Max. After research I found Pet Assistance. They responded right away and also helped me find a vet who was not over charging me for the procedure. When Max had his surgery Pets Assistance was on vacation. They took time out of their vacation to help my Max. Thanks to Pet Assistance they helped me with saving Max.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization. My loving and energic cat, Bron, needed a leg amputation after suffering a severe brake. I am battling cancer, enduring 6 cycles of chemotherapy treatments and financially struggling as a result. I needed help, pet Assistance was there in many ways. Ruth’s knowledge and ability to give many options to save was greatly appreciated. She showed compassion and was quick to respond. I am extremely grateful for all the assistance. Bron has played a huge role in my emotional healing after treatments and without the help from Pet Assistance that would not be possible. He has made a huge recovery in such a short time. A huge thank you to Ruth and Pet Assistance, they helped save my loving tripod.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Abbey, my 10 year old female Chihuahua was in desperate need of dental care. The procedure requires giving the dog anesthesia. Needless to say, it's very expensive. I'm a senior citizen and my only income comes from Social Security. I didn't have the money to take care of Abbey’s medical needs and was referred to Pet Assistance, who helped considerably with the cost of her dental surgery. If it wasn't for their help, I'm not sure what I'd do or how I would have gotten this taken care of. Thank you to all who support this organization! You unknowingly are Angels to animals you've never met. Thank you Pet Assistance, Inc. for your generosity.
Sincerely,
Myra P.

Bill D.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just wanted to tell everyone what a great service this organization performs. In an emergency they helped my dog get treatment she desperately needed at a time we couldn't afford the vet bill. They also helped out my cat when he had issues. Real lifesavers.

Michael H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Indiana “Bones” is our sweet and lovable 6-year-old pit bull/lab mix. He is the best buddy of our four boys, all under the age of ten. What started out as a small lump in the bottom left side of Indy’s mouth quickly grew to a large tumor that was affecting his quality of life. The tumor did not allow him to close his mouth, eat crunchy dog food, or even want to be around our boys anymore. After finding out the tumor had to be removed, along with almost half of his bottom left jaw, we reached out to Pet Assistance, Inc. This incredible non-profit was able to provide assistance to our family to have Indy’s surgery done. 2 weeks later, he is doing so well! We are eternally grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

30 years ago I appeared on the doorstep of Ruth Pearl's home in New Rochelle. My family was looking to adopt some kitties, and we found Martha, a beautiful tortoise tabby.
Beyond adopting Martha, we were all astonished by Ruth's home which was devoted to animals full force. Consequently, years after Pet Assistance's relocation to New Preston, and my relocation to Seattle, I continue to contribute to Ruth's marvelous organization twice annually. Please support Ruth's intelligent and humane values and her wonderful animal sanctuary. Nina Shilling

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few years ago I made a career change and became involved in bettering animal nutrition for dogs ,cats and small animals. With this change I met many new and interesting individuals. Special people who are dedicated, compassionate and considerate towards the well being of animals. One of them is Ruth of Pet Assistance Inc.. I consider Ruth not only all of the above, but a good friend who I cherish and admire for her knowledge and devotion to helping animals and their owners in need of medical attention. I have read many stories and messages that pet owners have sent to Ruth thanking her for her help,time, energy and assistance with their animal situations.
I am honored to write these words about Ruth and Pet Assistance Inc.. She has touched many lives, both human and animal. Thank you Ruth for all your devotion.
Your friend,
Patti Freemantle

Client Served

Rating: 5

I will forever be grateful for the Help Pet Assistance gave to my family. My Cujo was not recovering from a accident we thought was a pulled muscle. He had been on reduced activity for 3 months and no signs of improvement. He loves LOVES his walks. X-Rays were needed to at least give us a idea what's wrong. Pet Assistance worked with my Vet and paid for the appointment. Turns out these x-rays and how quickly Pet Assistance made sure things were taken care of saved us valuable time with my boy. His x-rays look suspicious for bone cancer. A fast moving and painful cancer. With the x-rays and medication his pain is now being treated. We have a idea where to go from here. We are no longer wasting these good days we have left with limiting activity and waiting on recovery. But getting out and about and enjoying this time. The Photo is a picture of Cujo getting out and visiting folks and getting plenty of attention from people. The thing he loves the most.
Thank you Pet Assistance for this gift. Without it we would have missed the most important days of his life.
Gratitude and Agape Love,
Vicki and Cujo.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rigsby needed cancerous mast cells removed and a torn ACL repaired. Pet Assistance, Inc. came to our rescue donating $250 towards this very expensive procedure. The application process was not difficult, and I was amazed how quickly I got the necessary approvals. While Rigsby was under anesthesia I got a call from the vet indicating that they were not comfortable doing the ACL repair. Pet Assistance, Inc. was flexible and allowed me to apply funds at the new hospital, Rigsby's health was always a top priority! I am so very grateful, and amazed by the kindness of people that donate their hard earned money to strangers. Even though it's not their fur baby, these people love animals and will to do anything to give them a good quality of life. Please continue your mission, your generosity is truly saving lives. These are not just pets, they are family! They give us so much in return for our love. Thank you!

Sofia C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in a panic when my cat Levi got his tail shut in the door. I tried to pay for his care at the vet by myself but the doctor confirmed the tip of his tail needed to be amputated. I didn't know what to do until I contacted Pet Assistant about my baby Levi. All I knew was i had to help him and Ruth brought a lot of comfort for this pet parent. A few months went by that when I took him to the vet for surgery this morning the doctor said it healed nicely because of the scar tissue. I will always be grateful and will keep you in contact. Thank you.

Britney.Jones

Client Served

Rating: 5

I called Pet assistance because I am a single income home , mother of four and my new puppy was injured while visiting family 9 hours from home. The vet quoted me $2600 to repair her fracture, which there's no way I could've afforded it, the only other option was to amputate or give her up and I definitely didn't want to do either. Ruth from Pet assistance took time out of her day, called places for cheaper quites and offered $200 of help to my puppy. I couldn't believe how awesome she was to go above and beyond to get my puppy help. If you have any extra money and want to donate to an organization, this is the one! Thanks again Ruth!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I will be forever grateful that Pet Assistance paid for my dog's oral surgery. This is an update on your funds' recipient, Buster, He is healing wonderfully! In fact, this is the first week he has acted more like his old self in two months. Playful, awake most of the day, tail wagging, and eating better.
We want to thank you again, wholeheartedly!!! Michele and Buster

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth Pearl who is the heart of this compassionate and quite helpful organization gave my 11 year old cat Lloyd and I prompt help and was passionate that we received the best of care. Her organization made it possible for my ailing buddy to get blood work done and although we are still not quite sure what is wrong with this feisty fella who has always been a bit fragile physically - as he was tiny rescue kitten who was very ill when we decided to adopt him.
Lloyd was not too fragile however when my daughter was going to put this runny nosed, pinkeye guy with a hernia back into his cage - he puffed up to as large as possible and made a huge cat cry, "No. .. not back in the cage please." Needless to say his fighting spirit and what we felt plea to come home with us won the day. Since that he has been such a delight that we have an expression in initials now. L.A.L which is short for "Look at Lloyd."

Whatever was troubling him is slowly being resolved . Without Pet Assistance w ewould not have been able to take that first step with the blood work paid. And Ruth 's patient guidance and generous contribution to me as I am on disability was helpful on so many levels. It s so hard when a pet one loves is ill and Pet Assistance made us the three of us - my daughter, kitty and I feel supported and less alone during a frightening time . THANK U!! Pamela. Lloyd & Aimee

Client Served

Rating: 5

My cat fell on his head while making a break for it as I was attempting a flea bath, he ended up fracturing his jaw and I was told he either needed the surgery or I would have to have him put down. I searched all over for someone so could help since I couldn't afford the surgery myself and this organization was the only one willing or able to help us. I recommend them to anyone who needs help and can't find it

Client Served

Rating: 5

My little girl Amethyst has ASTHMA,GLAUCOMA,DIABETES. She needed EYE SURGERY to save her sight. I was $200 short for her much needed eye surgery. I contacted Pet Assistance Inc. and they went above and beyond to make sure I had that $200 Thank you RUTH and Pet Assistance, Inc!!!!! A picture of Amethyst all healed!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank Pet Assistance for their help in getting Dottie's teeth fixed. I adopted Dottie a few years back. She is now about 9 years old. Her teeth were badly infected, she was in terrible pain and needed eight extractions. I could not afford this costly procedure. Dottie is now free from the gum infection and pain that goes with bad teeth. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit contributed $150 to diagnosis procedures for my dog Kahuna. The application process and approval was fast. Many places will not contribute to diagnostic procedures, and these can be very expensive- our bill came to over $1800 in the end over $1500 just for the main procedure. Kahuna was diagnosed with transitional cell nasal carcinoma. Unfortunately it is pretty advanced and for us Chemo is not an option. The diagnostic procedure somehow has seemed to really help lesson his nose bleeds- at least for now. This is why we were looking for help. He had the worst nose bleeds occurring, sometimes unstoppable for over an hour. We were afraid he was going to die from loss of blood. I am very thankful for the help they were willing to give, it wasn't much but it slightly lessened the burden. And they were the only ones I could find to help in general. The only thing that needs improvement is the process to receive donation. It was a little bit of a hassle and living on opposite coasts did not help. Part of it was issues on the facilities part. When you're already stressed complications like this just add to it though. None the less their help was greatly appreciated. It helped to give me more time with my dog, which I greatly appreciate. His cancer is considered terminal but I am thankful for every additional day we get. It has been since February and right now he is doing okay. I am praying for the best.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Lilly had a very serioserious diagnosis of open pylometra, she was on here way out. The night before thanksgiving our 8 yr old Chihuahua became non responsive after a long week of antibiotics and force feeding her she looked to have given up, my husband came home from work and forced her to take water and cream of chicken soup by syringe, myself and our daughters told him he was only hurting her he said this is my dog and I'm not giving up on her. Thanksgiving morning Lilly woke with bright eyes and wàs eatineating and drinking on her own and even playing. So while trying to keep thanksgiving from falling apart, I hoped on the internet and the Pet fund came up, there was a phone number, but I thought for sure I would get a voice mail. To my surprise an angel answered the phone she gave us a miracle within an hr she had donated 380 dollars for a life saving surgery that I truly believe that without, our little Lilly would have died. Thank you so much for helping our family on the holiday, while keeping your own holiday together.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While I have been fortunate enough not to have to utilize the generous services of Pet Assistance myself, I can tell you about the woman who runs it. A number of years ago, while working as an animal control officer, I happened to run into her after moving into her neighborhood. While our dogs investigated one another, we began to chat and I was (and continue to be) amazed at her knowledge of animal health care and behavior. We still get together to hike our dogs, and I can tell you even while deep in the woods her phone continually rings with calls from all over the country. She answers every one. I have to admire her continued dedication even though some of these calls are truly heartbreaking. On a more personal note, when my goat was attacked by a German Shepherd, she helped me nurse him to recovery. As this occurred during a cold winter, she made an area for him IN HER KITCHEN. Now how many people do you know who would go so far to help an animal pal in need?

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a Great Dane named Mya, who needed to have her toe amputated due to cancer. Pet Assistance, Inc gave $100 gift towards her surgery. It mean so much to me to have them help like they did. Ruth is a wonderful woman. She has emailed to see Mya is doing which means a lot to me. This organization really cares about the welfare of our pets and understands that they are not just pets but our family. I will be keeping Ruth posted about Mya until her stitches and bandages come off. It took a while but she got used to the cone. The biopsy report came back and the cancer is not malignant. Once again thank you to Pet Assistance, Inc and Ruth for the wonderful things they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance Inc. contributed $100 for physical therapy needed for Molly, my mother in law's dog. The owner of Molly is 78 and woke up to find her dog dragging herself with paralyzed back legs one day. She had emergency surgery and that depleted her funds, as she is living on fixed income. The post op therapy is needed to get Molly walking again. Ruth at Pet Assistance is super at her job and very concerned with the welfare of animals. She came to help us in this situation and now Molly's future is looking brighter. She has a way to go but the doctors are optimistic. Thanks so much to Pet Assistance for responding quickly and keeping in close contact regarding the care of Molly. Thanks guys so much! More places like this are much needed for emergency care in dogs whose owners can not afford the care. They really came to the rescue! Ruth is very caring and compassionate to dogs!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like to give my gratitude to Pet Assistance. If it was not for them, my pet Polo would not have gotten the help he needed. Pet Assistance Inc. pointed me in the right direction when no one else did. They even helped me with some of the cost. It gives me great relief to know some people do care and are willing to help others. The sad part is, Pet Assistance is limited to how many people and their pets they can help due to limited funding. Kathy from PA

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shamrock, a just turned 12 year old Springer Spaniel and just the sweetest baby, was originally rescued from Hurricane Katrina with her sister, Clover. After waiting 18 months to see if their family would be found, I was finally able to adopt them. I took extra care with their health. Clover was the healthy one, but Shamrock always had something: stomach issues, cherry eye, small benign tumors. But even being diligent and getting regular health check-ups didn't prevent her sister Clover from dying in 2015 from liver cancer. So I now I have Shamrock and watch her carefully but even all that couldn't have prepared me for her bleeding from the mouth. An emergency vet visit resulted in her needing surgery to remove a lump the size of a tootsie roll pop from the back of her tongue. Problem was she was diagnosed on a Saturday and operated first thing Monday morning, so most places that might have helped with the financial situation said no because the surgery had already happened. But not Ruth at Pet Assistance, Inc.! She was willing to consider my predicament! Now since the surgery, other issues have cropped up and of course the vet wants his payment. Ruth understood the difficulty and came to my aid for Shamrock. I see Shamrock getting better every day and cannot thank Ruth enough for helping me give her a treatments so she has a chance to live. It is hard when an animal’s life hangs in the balance based on finances. Mine are so limited now due to Social Security which barely covers regular expenses and increases in Medicare take a big bite out of that. I once was a writer and editor by trade but with everyone using the internet, the services I provided are readily available all over the net and the books I have written get lost in the millions now available. Thanks to Ruth and her Pet Assistance Inc. Shamrock has gotten treatment and I am not in the financial dog house for the rest of my life!

Nancy287

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am forever grateful to this wondeful nonprofit for helping to save my cat, Gibbs! No one else seemed much interested, but Pet Assistance, Inc was there for me. Not only did they send financial support, but they sent emotional support and advice that helped me. I just hope one day soon I will be able to return the favor! Thank you so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance helped me and Buddy at the time we needed help. Buddy pulled away from me when we were walking and got hit by a school bus. I spent all my money at the emergency overnight and Pet Assistance helped pay for his follow up care. He is doing better. Thank you Pet Assistance for helping me and Buddy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of volunteering with this organization. Ruth has an obvious love of animals and offers help to many in need. The stories behind some of the cats and dogs are heartbreaking and it is wonderful that Pet Assistance is able to help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thank Pet Assistance enough for the help with my dog, Zoe. She had a growth that rapidly grew and needed to be removed. Ruth responded to my email right away and helped me with information as well as for paying for the very expensive surgery. I don't know what I would've done without them.

Rebecca198

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance Inc helped my family and I when our dog Moose broke his leg. They were friendly and replied to my application extremely quickly! Also, every time I needed to communicate with them about something they would get back to me within a couple hours, if not sooner! This is an amazing organization and I don't know what we would have done without their help! Thank you so much Pet Assistance Inc!!!

Jennifer593

Client Served

Rating: 5

My cat Ally whom I've had for 12 years, was diagnosed with diabetes in August of this year. It just out of the blue, she started losing weight rapidly and acting strangely. She drank water like she couldn't get enough and hid in my back bathroom from everyone. She bearly ate and quit grooming herself. A vet that could get us in on short notice told me it was a UTI and medicated her, but she didn't recover so I took her to our family vet who worked hard to
squeeze us in. Our veterinarian told me she had diabetes and had to do several tests to look for any kidney or pancreas damage among other things. I suffered a stroke 8 years ago this month and have been on disability since. When I first started rescuing animals, I had a wonderful job and didn't fear the unexpected. I desperately needed some help with these tests. I couldn't fathom putting my sweet Ally to sleep because she was diabetic and I wasn't able to provide all she needed right away. I too am diabetic so our strong bond....had new glue. I sat up all night long searching the internet for help and I found Pet Assistance Inc. I wrote a letter and they answered my plea for help right away. They had me fill out the application and send pictures of my sweet girl. We talked about the details of the testing, my love of my furry children, and several other things. They were truly interested my my Ally. Well, they approved us and went through my veterinarian to set everything up. Ally is back to her old self again. Gaining weight, socializing, playing and taking her shots like a trooper. Pet Assistance Inc saved her life. They gave us both a new start and saved me from having to say goodbye to this vibrant girl. I just can't thank them enough.

Jennifer Longdail
Yuma Az

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our dog Scooter had a mammary tumor that was growing rapidly. Surgery was her only hope. I searched and searched for help for our baby girl. She has been with us almost 13 years. As i searched locally for assistance, and after many "no's" I emailed Pet Assistance. Ruth contacted me and there help saved our dogs life. Ruth got in touch with the veterinary and agreed to help. It was amazing after searching for so long, the quickness in which Ruth responded. It is because of Pet Assistance that our Scooter was able to get her surgery. Ruth even talked with the vet and we are now paying off the bill at $25 a month. There is no way we could of afforded the surgery, and after it was done, it was quite a bit more than we though it was going to be. I spoke with Ruth on the phone. I didn't realize it was 10:30 at night (her time) but not only did she help, she paid more that the original ammount she said she could help us with. Just talking with her helped us at this very scary time. Scooter is now healed from her surgery and doing very well. If not for the kindness she showed, I fear Scooter would not be with us now. This is an amazing organization and I urge anyone who can, to donate to Pet Assistance.They really do help and they were a light in our darkness and we will be forever grateful, Ruth and Jim

corrinalee81

Client Served

Rating: 5

My male cat Rufuss had a bad ear infection and hematoma on one of his ears. I didn't have much money to get him into the veterinarian. After some research and many applications, I finally found Pet Assistance Inc. They helped pay the portion of the vet bill that I couldn't cover. They definitely deserve the public's support. There are so many families out there that are unable to get their beloved pets to see the veterinarian. I myself am working on donating as much as I can to give back to the people that so graciously helped get our baby boy Rufuss back to good health.

Thanks to Pet Assistance Inc, Rufuss is completely healed up and back to his old self. Thank you all for everything you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Please donate to this charity. They not only helped me financially they offered moral support. Ruth got my itemized bill for my dogs surgery and made suggestions to trim it. She was there every step of the way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Chico was diagnosed with bladder stones and required surgery to remove them. I contacted Pet Assistance, Inc. They responded very quickly and helped me with the surgery. Chico is now doing very well. I am forever grateful for their assistance. Please donate to this great organization so they can help other pets.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. Ruth from pet assistance is such an amazing individual! I called pet assistance at 6 am on July 4th when my precious dog coco was in labor and had an puppy stuck in her birth canal. Even with it being so early Ruth helped me look for places that would help and provided assistance when I needed it. My dog ended up losing her puppies but not her life. I am forever greatfull for her help and for helping me remain calm durinf the emergency. My dog coco is very dear to my heart and I don't know what I would have done if I would have lost her. Thanks to Ms. RI think I won't have to find out.