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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!!!

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It took me two days to realize that my sweet "gentle giant" brown tabby named Jackson wasn't urinating. It was later in the evening in San Diego when I emailed Pet Assistance, since I was worried about him and in a major financial bind. Not only did I get a call from Ruth at Pet Assistance right away, but she advised me to get Jackson to a vet immediately. I quickly picked up on her concern and that she truly cared. I was able to find a vet that was open after normal business hours, had him checked out, they performed what they needed to get done for him, gave me his medication and Ruth with Pet Assistance took care of the rest so I could focus on getting him better. I cannot begin to express the relief of finding such a valuable non-profit. It is a terrible feeling with your fur baby isn't doing well and you do not have the money to get them the help that they need. And my older ginger cat who is also having health issues would miss his warm snuggles every night. So far he is healing well and Ruth has checked in asking how he is doing several times. I will forever be grateful for the love and generous support that they provided. Not only will I be donating to their non-profit once I am able to, but I highly recommend that anyone else who is considering donating choose this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Good evening,

My name is Kevin Bonneville and I wanted to tell everyone how great Pet Assistance Inc., has been to our beloved and beautiful Zeus. Zeus is a 3 year old Rottweiler who has had Addison's Disease for 2 years, and is newly diagnosed with Diabetes.

Pet Assistance helped Zeus with his medical expenses and we are just so amazingly gracious for the grant that Ruth provided.

I hope that when I am in the position to do so, I can offer a donation so other companion animals may have Pet Assistance as well.

Thank you for helping Zeus recover and feel better. We love him and cannot imagine life without our "sweet boy."

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization and Ruth were unbelievable in my time of need. Not only was the application process understandable but the contact with a live person, Ruth, was excellent. While waiting for the surgery date she helped me find other organizations that could assist. Not only that she was a wealth of knowledge when asking me about the vet and his practice and what to look for and what costs are necessary and were not. She was with me from the beginning to the end. Without her my baby boy Elvis the Rat Terrier would not be on his way to a full recovery and a long life. He still has his cone on and is refusing to let that stop him from trying to play fetch or even soccer. THANK YOU SO MUCH

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It still hurts my heart to think that without this wonderful organization, our Sammy would not be with us today. Just before Christmas 2015, he became lethargic and seriously ill; upon examination, it was discovered that he had an intestinal blockage and pancreatitis (caused by blockage). Sammy needed emergency surgery, but we just didn’t have the money to spare. If it had not been for Pet Assistance, we would have had no choice but to humanely euthanize my young canine friend.

A HUGE thank you to Ruth and Pet Assistance, Inc. for your support, for giving us a future with Sam & for enabling a lifelong friendship for these two (picture of Parker & Sammy heading out for a hike). May your charity be as blessed as those whom you have served!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you, Pet Assistance Inc. for helping me pay for surgery for my cat, Gar!
Gar had chronic urethral blockage and needed perineal urethrostomy surgery, but after pouring all of my savings into Gar's emergency medical costs before the surgery, I didn't know how I was going to finance Gar's life-saving care. Pet Assistance Inc. helped me with Gar's surgery bill and now the stress over payment is one less major worry as my boy recovers. Ruth Krebs, the company agent I've been in contact with, has been supportive 100% of the way, and has even been concerned with following up on Gar's recovery! I've never been so touched by and impressed with a charity's involvement in a benefactor's well-being.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a great charity. They helped me with the surgery cost on my cat Barkley. He fractured his left femoral head on his back leg. If it wasn't for Pet Assistance Inc. I could not have came up with enough money for it. I would recommend anyone to donate what they can to this charity. My family can't thank them enough for the help. As I can I am going to donate to this charity so they can help other families with pets.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I highly recommend Pet AssistanceInc. as it gives practical,compassionate and KNOWLEDGEABLE guidance to pet owners who feel they have no alternatives other than to go to expensive franchise clinics and large corporate
owned hospitals.The guidance one receives from this organization is priceless. They truly care,they help in whatever way is possible for both the animal and their loving owners.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth Pearl you are an angle ,thanks to you and the foundation Pet Assistance, my dads loyal companion Boogers, now has a second change at life.
Boogers electrocuted himself after biting an electrical cord in half, we had no way of paying for his medical treatment ,he was unable to eat or drink on his own and his mouth had a very foul smell. I took him to BANDFIEL HOSPITAL because I got a coupon for a free exam, well he was there 24 hours and the only thing the would tell me was that it would be 800.00+ dollars to begin treatment ,they held Boogers hostage for 180.00 for treatment he didn't receive until a call was made from Pet Assiance and he was released . and I took boogers to an awesdome vet that Ruth Pearl, herself, called to see what Pet Assistance could do to ensure the wellbeing of boogers AND IS IN CONSTANT CONTAct whith me and the doctor.Pet Assistance is God sent!I prayed for help and I received it !!!! this is an organization that really carts about your pet but they also care about the pets parents and they have given me back my faith in humanity!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance, Inc is absolutely amazing! I had come to the unfortunate realization that my dog Matty had gotten in to the neighbors trash, ending up with a turkey bone lodged in his throat. :/ He was in quite a bit of pain.... I am a single mom who just spent all I had on Christmas gifts for my son. Pet Assistance, Inc showed wonderful patience and tremendous care for my family through such a difficult time. Matty is doing wonderful after going through an endoscopy to remove the turkey bone, he was blessed with a second chance at life! And my family is blessed to have him with us for the holidays. I don't know what I would do with out him! Thank you Pet Assistance, Inc for all that you do!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance Inc is absolutely wonderful! They assisted me with diagnostic testing for my border collie when no one else would. My dog was exhibiting symptoms of a UTI or possible bladder stones and she needed a urinalysis and x-ray. Pet Assistance stepped forward to assist me immediately and got my precious pup the care she needed. Absolute angels! I am so thankful for this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

This from a satisfied client. My lab-mix Riley, & I, a retired 'old guy', live in the mountains of So California. Lots of things can go wrong for dogs up here. Ruth came through "big time" for us. Riley had been suffering for 3 months, with no significant results, despite standard vet care. Very quickly, a plan was hatched for surgery. Long story short, I didn't have the money & could not foresee when I would. When needed, Ruth stepped up with a generous donation which made it all possible. Quick, efficient & most of all, caring. Providing help when needed. How else do you rate a charity organization, but on results? This one is a winner!!! Gratefully, Riley & Jerry

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dog polo was hit by a car on vacation my family had spent our last without pet assistance we wouldn't been able to figure out what medical treatment our dog ended we appreciate everything they have done for our member of our family so please help donate to pet assistance you never know when your pet is the need and you are low on cash thanks very much pet assistant. Latoya Washington

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The help pet assistance provided our family is priceless! Their assistance made it possible for us to provide the care our pup needed to keep her in our lives happy and healthy! Ruth is compassionate, caring, patient, and kind. Thank you for taking the time to get to know our family (our pup, Brooklyn, is a loving family member). We sincerely appreciate your support, and generosity during a difficult time. We are forever grateful. Your caring emails and phone calls to check on Brooklyn after her surgery made us feel special. Ruth treated us as if we were family. Ruth and Pet Assistance are forever a part of our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have nothing but praise and gratitude for Pet Assistance Inc. Our dog Carlo had an urgent need to be seen by a veterinarian after a cyst ruptured and caused a rapid infection. After speaking to Ruth by phone and explaining our situation, she was able to get us the help we needed to get him timely care. He received antibiotics and thanks to Pet Assistance our beloved boy is on the mend.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My neighbors dog Mojo got attacked by another dog, he had taken him to the vet where Mojo needed staples in his head. His owner was able to pay for the staples, the pain meds and antibiotics, But failed to get a cone for the dog. The next day Mojo had gotten all of the staples out of his head and when I saw it, It was already getting infected. Because the gash was so big I thought he would need to get it re stapled but his owner couldn't afford it and neither could I. I offered to take the dog so he could heal at my house and get his meds twice a day and I bought a cone for him, and I started looking into organizations that could help get the staples put back in when I got an email back from pet assistance Ruth was very helpful! and gave me a lot of great advice. Mojo ended up healing just fine without needing the staples again. thanks to all the great advice I received Mojo is 100% healed up and doing better than ever! thank you Ruth!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 7 year old dog Cooper recently fell ill. We took him to a vet who did an X-ray which revealed he either had a large tumor or had eaten a foreign object that was lodged. We were told that the next step would require an MRI just to diagnose the problem. The costs for just that (without even knowing what the next step would involve were in the thousands). My husband had been recently laid off and with 4 children we just could afford it. I called almost 20 different places for help and no one would offer any type of assistance. My last "Hail Mary" call was to Ruth at Pet Assistance. Not only was she willing to help me financially, but she found a Veterinarian who was also willing to help. Ruth being the caring person that she is, met me at the Vets office and helped walk me through everything and continues to follow up with us. Because of her and Pet Assistance, Cooper is doing well and back to his old self. Without them I really don't know what we would have done! I'm so grateful for everything she's done!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Chester my 12 year old cat came down with an emergency illness this week. I am unable to afford even the vet consultation. Pet Assistance was the only one who would help and thanks to them I have an appointment at the vet set for the next day. I even live in another state! I cant thank them enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dakota, my best friend and rescuer, has suffered an immense amount in his life. I adopted him from a local rescue that rescued him from being locked in a bedroom of an abandoned house. He had physical deformities and, due to the gross negligence of the rescue itself, was a very sick boy. When I picked him up, he had kennel cough so badly that he was near death. We spent the first six months of our relationship on the living room floor together as I stayed with him, comforting him as his body battled violently. Needless to say, a strong bond developed. Once recovered, Dakota, who is a chocolate lab, turned out to be the most fun-loving, loyal, and entertaining dog. Little did I know, the tables were about to turn. A couple years later, I became ill and near death myself. It was Dakota who then became my rescuer, getting me up to eat and take meds. when I couldn't get up on my own, and tenderly offering companionship by my side. I owe my life to my friend. Later in life, Dakota developed fear aggression that was aggravated by becoming epileptic. After working with many trainers and getting him on the right dosage of seizure meds., he is much better but, can be unpredictable due to the seizures. Later still in his life, he suddenly went lame in one leg. Upon several examinations, it was determined that his entire knee had disintegrated and the tendons around it were torn. The surgery was more costly than i could afford. We are preparing for surgery now thanks to Pet Assistance who offered to help that last portion of what needed to be raised. Most other assistance organizations could not help him either due to lack of funds or because Dakota has multiple issues. It is heartbreaking not being able to help your very best friend. Thanks to Pet Assistance I will be able to get Dakota's much needed surgery and give him the rest of his life pain free. I couldn't be more overjoyed and thankful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rapheal is our boy our protector and our best friend. He was just having a normal day until he was digging and I am guessing a brown recluse bit him on his private area. We took him to Applewood and they were so swollen that we had to come back a week later he was on 3 antibotics. After about a week we thought he would be better but the infection was opened and started bleeding and he started crying in pain so we decided to take him to the emergency clinic and they were gonna hospitalize him for 1000 dollars but we couldnt afford it so we had to take the less expensive treatment and bandage it and give him a pain med until the morning to see the daytime vet well thats what we did. We brought him in today and they took him for emergency castration surgery. We could of had very severe consequences if it wasnt treated but with this wonderful charity they helped us get him healed. Yall are such beautiful angels and when I get on my feet I will donate back to this charity. Words cannot explain how thankful I am to get help from your organization. We love you and cherish you Fawn n Will

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My beautiful boy, Simon, developed a urinary blockage, and had to have an emergency catherization. Of course this had to happen on the weekend, after all regular vet offices were closed in my area. The only place open was the ER facility. The prices are about double the usual rates. I didn't have the money to pay for the procedure, and they don't offer payment plans. I was getting desperate, as Simon's condition worsened. I spent hours trying to get help with phone calls, and internet applications. Frantic, crying, and desperate, I found Pet Assistance. I called, and a wonderful woman named Ruth answered.

I was expecting an answering machine, and was surprised to get an actual person. Ruth asked some questions, and verified my information. In less then 30 minutes she spoke to the ER staff, and arranged payment for my cat's procedure. During the next few days she gave me advice, and inquiried about Simon. Ruth and Pet Assistance, literally, saved my cats life. The vet said he wouldnt have made it to morning without the catherization. I am so grateful to Ruth and Pet Assistance. They were an answer to my prayers, and because of them I still have my little buddy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to start of by saying that Ruth is a wonderful and very caring person. I sent an e-mail asking for help with my dachshund named Dino, he is our baby. She was ready to help the minute she called me. Her knowledge and guidance saved us money and took us to the right people to help Dino. Dino had a very large fat tumor on his belly and needed some work on his teeth. Ruth was there for us through all the appointments and still emails and calls to see how Dino is doing after his surgery. Thank you so much we couldn't have done this without you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our dog was hit by a car and hurt his leg. We couldn't afford the xrays and medicine he needed and would have had to leave without it. We contacted Pet Assistance Inc and they helped us get the xrays and medicine. We are so grateful to Pet Assistance Inc for caring about our dog and helping us get him the treatment he needed.

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Matthew41

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the help and generosity of Pet Assistance, our beloved cat Tristian would no longer be with us. We will be forever grateful to this organization. Although Tristian is not registered as a companion pet, he is a therapy companion for our young son who has autism and, cognitive awareness disorder. Tristian has now fully recovered and his Vet Doctor says he sees Tristian now living a long and full life. Pet Assistance is one of the most wonderful organizations we have even come to know. Please help spread the word about them on any social network sites you can. They are non-profit so donations are needed to help keep them running. Even if you cannot help, by spreading the word, others may be able to help.

The Malme Family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a 17mon old Shih-Tzu/Tibetan Spaniel who was diagnosed with Alanto-Axial this a bone based between 2 Vertebrae. Hachi's Neurologist recommended surgery but also wanted us to get a second opinion from UC Davis Vet. We seen UC Davis Vet for small dogs & the same diagnosis was given but was recommended surgery to be done ASAP, with the concern that as constant that Hachi's front paws give in & him falling forward if he were to hit chin or fall bending neck forward this can snap his Vertebrae causing him death. I called Pet Assistance asking for help & explained my little boys issue. I spoke to Ruth, VERY KIND & SWEET who was very kind to help us with a donation directly to UC Davis. I truly believe out of about 30 Organizations I contacted she was the kindness & so concerned for Hachi's well being & him being able to live the life he so well deserves... THEIR ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE FOR PET ASSISTANCE KIND HELP...

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Betty34

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a 17mon old Shih-Tzu/Tibetan Spaniel who was diagnosed with Alanto-Axial this a bone based between 2 Vertebrae. Hachi's Neurologist recommended surgery but also wanted us to get a second opinion from UC Davis Vet. We seen UC Davis Vet for small dogs & the same diagnosis was given but was recommended surgery to be done ASAP, with the concern that as constant that Hachi's front paws give in & him falling forward if he were to hit chin or fall bending neck forward this can snap his Vertebrae causing him death. I called Pet Assistance asking for help & explained my little boys issue. I spoke to Ruth, VERY KIND & SWEET who was very kind to help us with a donation directly to UC Davis. I truly believe out of about 30 Organizations I contacted she was the kindness & so concerned for Hachi's well being & him being able to live the life he so well deserves... THEIR ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE FOR PET ASSISTANCE KIND HELP...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I called Pet Assistance on a weekend not expecting any answer and only to leave a message when I got an answer from a woman named Ruth. I explained that my dog Tootsie a dapple mini dachshund was very sick being seen at the vets in the last two weeks and on antibiotics, prednisone and pain killers for suspected bladder stones. The weekend day my dog Tootsie took at turn for the worse and Ruth suggested that I get the dog to the emergency clinic as soon as possible. I am all alone having recently a massive heart attack and subsequent quadruple bypass surgery. It was very hard for me and Tootsie was my inspiration every morning to grit me through recovery and then rehabilitation. Always willing to be by my side and walk as much as I could never complaining. I brought her to the emergency vet and I was very worried about Tootsie and very worried about the charges after hour vets charge. Ruth was there through all of it with me , she talked yo the staff, and to the vet taking care of Tootsie. She was the friend I needed at this critical time. The vet said after reading the X-rays she had a bladder stone stuck in her urethra. I asked what could be fine and the vet explained she had to remove or get the stone pushed back in the bladder or undergo emergency surgery. I called Ruth and she talked to the vet and she suggested that I approve the vet yo try to free the stone. The procedure was a success and Ruth was there to help pay girl the bill. I font know what I would have done if Ruth was not there for not only emotional support but financial help for Tootsie and I . I have been out of work since my heart operation and had little funds to spend on vet bills. Ruth and Pet Assistance were there to help me through this difficult time. Tootsie subsequently had to have Bladder surgery to remove the stones. Ruth was there throughout the process with not only financial assistance but that support that a friend could give. I am humbled yo know that Ruth and Pet Assistance is there for people and their pets offering financial assistance and compassionate understanding. Tootsie is doing wonderful now, and we both thank Ruth and Pet Assistance from the bottom of our hearts!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth at Pet assistance is an absolute gem. She was a life saver helping me save my dogs ability to walk. I highly recommend pet assistance for all of your pet emergencies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, last week my cat was very ill due to a uti, she was lifeless and had a fever of 104.5. My cat seems to get uti's every six months and usually I scrape money together and take her to the vet. This time I had no money to take her to the vet. I looked all the web for programs that offered vet assistance. Each one that I applied to or contacted couldnt help. I took a chance with Pet Assistance Inc. Ruth was like a beacon in the night she called me back and not only helped me but listened to my problems and concerns. Ruth is an angel placed on earth to help those in need. My vet bill was only $22.00 for the antibiotics, but I didn't even have that, Ruth helped me and saved my cat Oodles. Thank you Ruth God bless you, I will never forget what you have done for me.

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ChihuahuaMom

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth is an extremely humble and beautiful woman! She helped my little guy when no one, not even I could. She is full of knowledge, information, kindness and humility. Gafah thanks you Ruth, as do I. You are truly an angel on earth and when we live in a time full of selfish, wicked and self-serving people, you are a reminder that there are still good God-Fearing people left here on earth. You have single handedly restored my faith in humanity. Thank you again so very much!

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Pennie U.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth Pearl @ Pet Assistance, Inc is truly a guardian angel to animals and families in need. She was there immediately to help me with assistance in the cost of surgery for the removal of a cancerous tumor on my little dog Teyha (means little girl).
She is a no-nonsense person that has a love of all animals and is there for those that are going through tough times.
If you need help, and you love your pets she is wonderful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization was such a wonderful and big help. My dog is like my son and I thought that I was going to lose him and I call the organization and was able to get help right away. He was able to obtain the surgery he needed. I didn't know what I was going to do because I did not have the money to help him. I am forever grateful to this group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no words to express how thankful I am for this organization and how well organized and quick responsive they are.

My dog Poofy was having serious trouble breathing one night and after a trip to the animal hospital I wa stood she needed surgery in order to survive. I am a single other who works 2 jobs just to make ends meet and paying for her surgery just wasn't possible. I reached out to several organizations and Ruth was one if the first to respond. She called me and seemed genuinely interested in my little dogs problem and immediately said she could help. Thank you so much for everything! This organization is truly filled with heart!

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Saoussen J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My cat Zizou had eaten a piece of plastic that tangled around his intestines. He had to have surgery in order for him to survive the next 24hrs. I am a full time student who couldn't afford the surgery. I called many pet organizations but only one actually had a live person on the other end of the phone. A wonder woman named Ruth who was so wonderful not only by sponsoring part of his surgery but also just being there to talk things out with. I can gladly say that Zizou is recovering from his surgery very nicely & has kept his food down and his fever is diminishing. I would definitely recommend this fantastic organization not only for assistance but also a great organization to donate to. I plan to donate part of my summer job income to this great organization & hopefully contribute to another pet lover in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

(A public thank you to Ruth at Pet Assistance Inc)

Ruth, I can not thank you and Pet Assistance Inc enough. It was an incredibly stressful time, finding out that a very special doggie needed surgery and trying to make it possible. I can not thank you enough for your warmth, your resources, and your generosity. Your contribution went a long way towards making her surgery possible. She had surgery Tuesday evening, was allowed to come home Wednesday evening, has a lot of post-surgical healing to do, but is definitely enjoying being home and having her special post-surgical meals. Without your help, I don't know if it would have been possible. Thank you very very much.