Helping a Cat Named Thor

Published on December 18, 2015
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[caption id="attachment_14580" align="alignright" width="300"]Dr. Amanda Leef of Huron Veterinary Hospital holds Thor. Dr. Amanda Leef of Huron Veterinary Hospital holds Thor.[/caption]

Local police were called to a school where a young student had found a cold and nearly unresponsive kitten. The police referred the kitten to animal control officers, who brought it to a local veterinary hospital. The hospital was enrolled in the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund, a program of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) that helps support AVMA member veterinarians for the charitable services they provide to animals that have been abused or abandoned.

Luckily, the kitten responded well to treatment and went to a loving temporary foster home to recover. Once he was healthy enough, he went back to the hospital to be neutered and vaccinated, and was then adopted by an employee at the very same school where the kitten had been found.

The Veterinary Care Charitable Fund makes it easier for the enrolled veterinary hospitals to offer charitable care to their clients.

It's easy to enroll your clinic

Step 1: The AVMF accepts tax-deductible donations on behalf of a veterinary hospital.

Step 2: The AVMF gives grants to AVMA member veterinarians who provide charitable care. Clients in need may include:

  • Disabled veterans requiring a service dog
  • Low-income senior citizens
  • Good Samaritans who rescue domesticated animals
  • Victims of domestic violence

All AVMF grant requests must come directly from a licensed AVMA member veterinarian.

To take part in the program, your veterinary clinic first needs to be enrolled. You can do this at

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to support the program, you also can do that at


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