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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

162 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mia is our precious little one; when she got sick everyone kept an eye on her cause we thought the worse. Seeing her so uncomfortable, not able to sleep, and whimpering every night was breaking our hearts. We tried going to the vet and put her on diets, exercise her, but nothing was making it better. The estimates for the surgery were outrageous and the entire process overwhelming. Ruth at Pet Assistance was so caring and helpful throughout the whole process. She guided us and was so nice about our situation. Mia had her surgery and even after her complications she was able to go back to her happy-self mass-free!!!

Comments ( 1 )

Petsaver The grateful owner writing this review did not mention that Mia is 15 years old. She had a tumor the size of a tennis ball near her spine. PAi is so glad we could help with Mia's costly medical care and that she is back to her adorable, happy self.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance is a wonderful organization that helped me when my dog Foxy was in need of an emergency splenectomy. I’m a senior citizen on a fixed income. Without the help from Pet Assistance I would’ve been able to afford the surgery. I’m forever grateful to the loving people at Pet Assistance!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Blanca and I are so grateful for Pet Assistance. If not for this organization I don't know where my FurBaby would be. She is my Little companion that makes my day, every day. No matter how bad my chronic pain is, she makes it all better. When I took her to the vet. the Dr. told me she had Bladder stones and should be spayed. This was a very expensive procedure for me being on a fixed income. I filled out an application and Ruth Pearl contacted me. She contacted my vet. and helped my Blanca with the procedure needed to make Blanca all better. Thank God for Pet Assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Houdini had been gaining weight rapidly his food intake was the same as was the type of food so I could not understand why he was 20 pounds over his ideal weight. His breed is prone to several weight issues so I started trying to find help to get him diagnosed the bloodwork is very expensive. After endless months of applying for help and even with him being my physiological service dog I almost gave up. I saw a review for Pet Assistance Inc I wrote to them with our story and even with it being a weekend I got the email of Hope we had been looking for. There were no questions about why I could not pay for the Vet just kind words saying they wanted to help us and THEY DID!! With there help Houdini is started on the right path to wellness. Without there help I don't know how much longer he would I'd lived. They are truly kind selfless people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My baby Trouble had a large bladder stone that needed to be surgically removed. I tried desperately for a month to save my money so I could pay for the nearly $800 procedure. It was extremely difficult to do considering I live paycheck to paycheck. I was desperate and terrified. Trouble has been my best friend for 10 years and I don't know what I would do without him. I had to turn to someone who could possibly help Trouble. I found Pet Assistance, Inc. through a quick google search. Once I filled out the application, a very kind caseworker named Aileen contacted me and was able to help with Trouble's surgery. Aileen was extremely kind and helpful every time I spoke with her. She made an extremely stressful time for me a little bit easier. Last minute, Trouble ended up not needing surgery due to the fact that he passed the bladder stone on his own. Even when the plans changed last minute, Aileen was extremely understanding. She was just as excited and grateful as I was to find out that Trouble didn't need surgery after all. I would strongly recommend this organization to anyone who's pet in need of urgent care that their owner can't afford on their own. This organization is run by amazing people with a big heart. Thank you so much to Pet Assistance, Inc. for everything!

1 Terri Z.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sweet 15 yr old Tinkerbell had a swollen face one morning. I'm in a panic. Take her to the vet and she needs dental surgery asap to clean and extract some teeth that had calcifications and just all around bad. Being on disability and low income there was no way I was able to afford even half of the surgery. Luckily, my daughter could help with the initial appointment and gave me the contact information for Pet Assistance Inc (My daughter's cat had just had to have surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her mammary glands and Pet Assistance Inc stepped in and helped her as well) and they came through within two days to cover a major portion of the surgery. Without them, I don't know what I would have done. My Tinkerbell, Trinket(2) and Misty(12) (all cats) are my babies.

My Tinkerbell is back to her sassy old self. Running with her 2 yr old sister, doing her sneak attacks, crunching on treats and most importantly, the cat food in her dish is disappearing. Thank you so much Pet Assistance Inc. You are amazing in what you do.

Terri Zinthefer
Milwaukee, WI

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Puppers, my 12 year old Chihuahua had an infected uterus. Her stomach was swollen and hard as a rock. I could not find a place to do surgery right away that I could afford. Pet Assistance found us an inexpensive hospital and even paid part of the bill. Pet Assistance, we love you! Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I wish I could report something good about this organization. Maybe they help some people out but I will tell you who they suggested I euthanize, a kitten. Our kitten was rescued from a barn who was in bad shape, he was malnurished, full of parasites, and covered in flea's. He began to thrive after seeing the vet and being on high protein foods. He fell sick with an upper respiratory infection and soon developed pneumonia. Apparently, because of this and him being hospitalized recently, I was told to "cut my losses". This baby has not had a chance to live. He does not know what autumn looks like, has not seen snow, has not had any firsts. We have raised money for him but potentially need a boost, not to be told to euthanize him. I will never donate to rescues again, over the years I have been lucky to never need help with a rescue so I donate regularly, never again

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth was amazing to say the least. I was turned down for help by everyone but Pet Assistance stepped up and quickly. I was humbled by how quickly they helped me. My dog was attacked and needed help immediately an within a day Ruth called and helped pay my bill. I know that people reach out all the time this was my first time ever asking and this organization was a life saver for me and my fur baby. I want to say thank you to Ruth personally and give them the credit they deserve. Others turned me down some would not even consider but Pet Assistance never judged they just stepped up. The application process was easy and Ruth truly cared and checked on us right away. Ruth eased my mind that with her help my Sookie was going to be able to get the care he needed. God Bless this organization they truly care about our fur babies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Sophie is approximately 10 years old. Before she came to live with me she was used as a puppy mill by an apartment breeder that never invested any of the money she made from the puppies into Sophie's health care. That woman abandoned both Sophie and Sophie's daughter Bella with me when I dog sat for her. It wasn't until the dogs were staying with me that I found out about Sophie being used as a puppy mill. I got the dogs vaccinated and micro-chipped then started saving to get the dogs spayed. Then I discovered that Sophie had a large mammary mass. In just a few months it doubled in size and a few new small mammary masses appeared so we went to see the vet. Her vet recommended that we remove the mammary masses and send them out for histopathology asap. I am disabled and on social security so saving up takes time which we didn't have. I only had $200 saved at the time of the appointment but the estimate was for $366 - $487. So I started searching the internet for help and found Pet Assistance Inc. Ruth got back to me quickly and was able to help with some of the bill. The vet only accepts cash or check so Ruth got in touch with the vet's office and made arrangements to send a check so there were no worries on the day of surgery.

Sophie's surgery went well although the planned surgery was changed to remove just the large mammary mass and send it out for histopathology and wait for the results before we remove the smaller masses and spay her. The results have come in and the mammary mass was not cancer. It was benign. So we will be moving forward with her second surgery as soon as she is healed from the first. We would not have gotten this far without help from Ruth at Pet Assistance Inc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my original letter to Pet Assistance, Inc.:

Shadow was a gift for my 55th birthday. I had recently lost my poodle of 18 years. Shadow was adopted on a Friday from DFW Humane Society. He was in a covered, outdoor portion of the shelter where it was cold and damp. By Sunday Shadow was gravely ill and I had to take him to the Animal Emergency Room. To this day, they aren't 100% sure but they believe Shadow had the Parvo virus. $3000 and many weeks later, Shadow was finally out of the woods. Dr. Brashear at Main Street Veterinary Hospital saved his life. Now he is back at the same hospital needing this surgery. Shadow is the most human creature I've ever known. He is so in tune to my feelings and emotions. He is always quick to give me a kiss or lick my tears away when I'm sad. He is an angel sent to me from heaven and he is my whole world. I am distraught that I am unable to afford this surgery that he desperately needs and that I have to see him in pain. He has several teeth that need to be extracted due to chronic infection into the bone that has not responded to multiple rounds of antibiotics. I am a senior who receives SSI benefits only and I was not approved for Care Credit. I have attached the quote for his surgery and my SSI benefits statement.

With the help of Pet Assistance, Inc. Shadow had an extensive 2 hour surgery to have 10 teeth extracted as well as having gum tissue cut back and debrided. Shadow has an excellent prognosis and came through it like a champ! I have attached a photo of him on the way home after surgery showing off his pearly whites. I don’t think the anesthesia had completely worn off yet!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance, Inc. is a wonderful organization. My dog, Momo, needed surgery to remove soft tissue in his throat (airway obstruction) and to remove a mass from his flank. We were referred to a private animal hospital that quoted a price that would have been impossible for me to pay as a single mother of two. I contacted Pet Assistance, Inc. and dealt with Ruth. She was quick to respond to my e-mail, very helpful and friendly. Ruth found me a great local pet hospital and actually called the hospital for me, got me a contact name and very reasonable pricing (less than a third of what the private hospital had quoted us). It was a great experience. It's stressful to know your pet needs surgery but even more stressful to realize you can't afford to get your pet the surgery s/he needs. I'm extremely grateful Pet Assistance, Inc. was there to make sure my dog could receive the surgery he needed.

Sophie123

Client Served

Rating: 5

The vet told me my dog, Sophie, needed surgery for bladder stones costing $794. With financial constraints this was more than I could pay. I found Pet Assistance and they were an absolute Godsend! I emailed Ruth, who got back to me immediately. By day’s end payment arrangements were made and the next day the vet was paid the donated money. They were so easy to work with and were a miracle when I needed one! Below us a picture of Sophie and the stones that were removed. Ruth even followed up to see how Sophie was doing and to see if she could help me find an effective, less costly dog food. She is a true animal lover! Make sure you contact them first!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello all who visit. My name is Treva and my fur baby of 13 years is Kidu. Kidu developed a fatty tumor in Ocotober 2017. The tumor was small at first and I thought nothing of it. In December it grew to a noticeable size. Before long I decided to have it drained , it grew even larger. After the third time of draining and significant signs of discomfort and loosing interest in play, i sought treatment to remove this now tumor was the size of a basketball. The cost was way over what my fixed income could afford. Lucky for me , after research i found the Pet Assistance and the were generous donation allowed me to follow thru with surgery. Kidu is up and running for his ball and has fully recovered. in a couple of months his hair will be grown over to hide his scare.
Thank you so much to Pet Assistance for helping to keep Kidu healthy for the remainder of a long lived, much loved and a huge part of my life. Words really cant express my gratitude.

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!

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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.

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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.

1

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.

1

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I will be forever grateful to Pet Assistance, Inc. My mom is trying to support herself, her animals, and my sister and her two kids, with no job (she is in the very long process of getting disability, for she can no longer work). I give any spare money I get to them, to help them get by. Our family is very emotionally attached to our animals and have a lot of love for them. Our dog Josie had a tumor that was growing very quickly, she could barely walk or anything. It was the size of a football when it was removed. I could only pay for half of the surgery, and Pet Assistance, Inc was amazing enough to help with the other half. Please donate to this heart-filled and amazing company. I know I will be, when I get better situated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome!! Amazing! They were willing to help me in my time of need!! Ruth is a very awesome person, she very helpful and friendly!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm quite isolated, due to being disabled. Luckily, I have my dog Tank! He is my constant companion. When I received the estimate for his surgery, and it was several hundred dollars above my monthly disability income, I reached out to every organization I could find. I was shocked when I called Pet Assistance Inc., and a HUMAN BEING answered the phone! Sometimes it's difficult for me to ask for help, but I was treated with the utmost respect! Ruth is SO knowledgeable! She understood the severity of Tank's condition, and immediately offered to help! Tank was able to have his surgery, and is recovering well! This would not have been possible, if not for Pet Assistance Inc., and it's donors!

Deepest Gratitude,
Angie

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to thank Pet Assistance Inc for their assistance in getting my parents dog, Sugar Baby’s tumor removed from her chest. The tumor was continually getting larger and without Pet Assistance Inc help, they could not afford to help Sugar Baby. When I called Pet Assistance Inc., Ruth welcomed me with open arms and truly wanted to help. My family will be forever grateful for the help they gave and for the many years of happiness Sugar Baby will bring to my family. Thanks again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cant thank Miss Ruth enough for stepping in and helping my dog Vega. Vega is a dog we rescued from the streets, she had a hard life. She was diagnosed with stage 4 heart worm. And we have been doing the slow kill method on Vega , On 7-15-2016 I seen that Vega breathing was very labored and she just did not look good. SO we rushed her to the vets. I am on disability I had enough money for the visit . The dr came in and diagnosed Vega with a bad lung infection , and the antibiotics that Vega would need were very expensive. But this medicine would be the only way to get Vega better. I was frantic because I new I could not afford these meds and Vega would just get worse. I started looking on the internet and came across Miss Ruth , and explained to her Vega situation , not to long after Miss Ruth called me back and told me she would help Vega , I couldn't have been more happy , I cant thank Miss Ruth enough for stepping in and helping Vega, with out here I dont know what I would have done, or what would have happened with Vega. Vega is feeling much better after getting the medication she needed . Again thank you Miss Ruth :)

Adam61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my yellow lab gidget had two life threating tumor's that would have taken her life if it wasn't for ruth at pet assistance. thank you for saving part of the family.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am ever grateful to Ruth for helping my beloved Earle get the surgery he needed.
Ruth contacted me quickly, was available to speak, seemed experienced in assessing the situation, gave me good advice, and was willing to help. Thank you Pet Assistance Inc., and Ruth.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is Sapphira my 8 year old Siberian husky furbaby last night she was admitted for emergency life threatening removal of an egg sized bladder stone. Surgery cost $2600 I was referred to several foundations some very very well known to which I will write my own review to them separately. I live in CA Ruth lives in CT, SHE was to my amazement the ONLY person who reached out to me and treated me like a person in need NOT applicant "#25".....she called me through out the day to see how my baby was doing and also was able to refer me to other great foundations. Thank you Ruth for not losing sight of the TRUE reasons for such foundations as yours the NEEDS OF THE BABIES!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

INCREDIBLE !!! I searched the entire internet for assistance to help us get the surgery that our pet Annie needed, and only " 1 " on the entire internet would help us. The rest of them would only help certain kinds of dogs. Aren't all dogs precious? Ruth Pearl helped us with no questions asked and now our dog Annie is healthy and living a wonderful life. God Bless Ruth and Pet Assistance, inc.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to Ms Ruth and Pet Assistance Inc. My 7 year old Mastiff mix had torn her other ACL. 1st ACL surgery was 11/2014. With the Pet Assistance contribution to my Sadie's surgery, we were able to get it done this week 4/19 with great success. This is a wonderful non profit organization that without them, I would not have known whet to do!!
Sadie is on the mend and doing great!
Thank you Pet Assistance Inc!!!!

Bubbysmom

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot express how grateful I am for Ruth and Pet Assistance. My baby (Dog), began to have trouble urinating on a weekend. I got him into a vet, to find out he had bladder stones and needed immediate surgery or he would not make it. The amount of the surgery was way beyond my means, and the only other option was euthanization. I was told to go home and think it over, say my goodbyes if no other option, and then contact them back. I was able to contact Ruth who, not only talked to me like a human being with care and compassion, but she also was able to help towards his remaining medical care, and even had other organizations to contact to help towards it as well. She has kept in contact to check on my fur baby, and he and I are so grateful for her and this organization.
Thank you Ruth and Pet Assistance for giving me and Bubby the support so that he can live longer with me and that I did not have to make the devastating decision to chose between medical care or death for him. You are truly an Angel and I cannot say thank you enough. I am hoping one day to pay this forward and be able to donate so that others may be helped as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My rabbit recently stopped eating due to some teeth issues. I didn't have the money so I researched getting some help. Ruth called me the next day and said they could help. You have no idea the relief I felt. my animal is my baby!!:-)

Pamela115

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank Ruth/ Pet Assistance very much for helping me and my fur baby threw a very hard time. If there is anyone out there that cares it's them!!!!! I again must thank you very much!!!
Pam K

Client Served

Rating: 5

In New Year's Eve my dog got hit by a car and was put in the pound went to pick him up and told me to get him out will be $800 which included medical expenses... I have 3 lil kids and my wife does not work made it very difficult to even get my dog out, but anything to save my dog would have been helpful well thanks to the vet I took him I was recommended to look into pet assistance in. They came to the rescue and helped with anything they could now my dog Chico is at home with us thanks

Marquita M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am extremely grateful for the help that Pet Assistance Inc has provided for my dog Lola. Lola needed an emergency procedure on her leg and I could not afford it financially. I didn't know what I was going to do. I went online to look for any options for assistance and Ruth called me immediately. She calmed my worries and gave me some very helpful advice. She also helped me with half of the vet bill. Because of Ruth, Lola was able to get the emergency care that she desperately needed and is now on the road to recovery. Ruth was definitely a God send and I am looking forward to paying this forward as soon as I am financially able to do so.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so very grateful for the assistance we received from Pet Assistance Inc. Because of Ruth's wonderful organization, we were able to get my cat Cooper the lifesaving treatment he needed. I don't know what we could have done without them. A thousand times... Thank you, Pet Assistance Inc.