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Pet Assistance, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

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

Target demographics: people and their pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2400 Callers

Geographic areas served: ALL STATES

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

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 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.

Review from Guidestar

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

Review from Guidestar

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...

Review from Guidestar

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.

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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.