By Susan Taylor,
Executive Director, Actors and Others for Animals
More than 25 years ago, Actors and Others for Animals came to recognize that there were pets being surrendered to shelters or economically euthanized because guardians couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. So we established our medical subsidy program for low income pet guardians. Today the number of requests we receive is staggering. Without our help, many pets would not get any treatment and face an unknown future.
When adding that furry bundle of joy to the family, pet guardians don’t anticipate that their pets may get ill or injured, and many find themselves financially unable to provide treatment.
While it is impossible to predict when and what illness or injury may strike your pet, it is important to understand that at some point it will. We see a lot of bladder stones, urinary infections, tumors and eye removals. A great many of the requests for help we receive are for broken bones, lacerations and amputations caused by being hit by a car. We also see a lot of cases of injuries from dog fights. Delay in getting veterinary care also results in infections and abscesses.
Be proactive and not reactive. Spay or neuter your pet, always leash your dog and make sure your pets are microchipped. Visit your veterinarian for regular checkups. Remember your pet is a companion for life, and preventing illness is better than treating it.
Actors and Others’ long-standing veterinary intervention program saves lives and keeps families together.