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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

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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.