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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

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!

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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.

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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!

1 Cat_3

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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