AAHA Helping Pets Fund closes for lack of funds
Posted July 3, 2012
The Helping Pets Fund of the American Animal Hospital Association has closed for lack of funds after a decrease in donations. The fund provided grants for treatment of pets whose owners were facing financial hardship and for treatment of abandoned pets.
“The current economic environment has made it difficult for many nonprofit organizations to raise the necessary funds to maintain their viability,” according to a statement about the closure.
The AAHA Foundation temporarily suspended grants from the Helping Pets Fund in mid-2009 because of an increase in demand. The foundation closed the fund permanently as of June 30.
Since its inception in 2005, the fund had awarded more than $1 million in grants, assisting more than 4,000 pets. The fund provided AAHA-accredited hospitals with up to $500 annually to treat pets whose owners were facing financial hardship and up to $200 annually to treat abandoned pets.
“Although we are very sad about the closing of the Helping Pets Fund, we are thankful that it has touched so many lives, providing assistance to pets in need, their families, and the veterinary professionals who treat them,” according to the statement about the closure.
The statement thanked CareCredit, which provided sizable donations during the past five years, and all of the other donors to the fund.