The Good Samaritan Fund was established to supplement charitable care at private veterinary practices within Grand County (a very rural, mountain community with 15,000 residents and 5 veterinarians), providing one-time medical assistance to help a disadvantaged pet owner save the life of their beloved pet. Rural counties such as Grand County, CO. have limited resources and the small veterinary practices do not have other charitable funds to help families in need. The Good Samaritan Fund is a last-resort financial option intended to support a one-time surgical or medical intervention for a pet with a good to excellent prognosis. Without such emergency funding, an otherwise treatable animal might be unnecessarily euthanized, relinquished and/or endure excessive suffering.
Without such emergency funding, an otherwise treatable animal might be unnecessarily euthanized, relinquished and/or endure excessive suffering.
Spay/neuter directly reduces the number of animals that lose their lives in our shelters and on
our streets each year. Having a pet spayed or neutered is the first line of defense against the
needless killing of animals in our shelters across the country.
Here in Grand County, our Shelter finds a home for every adoptable animal. But nationwide,
more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually. These animals are
healthy, loving pets that would have made a terrific companion if given the chance.
Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and
cats and eliminates the problem before it begins.
Whether one is an animal lover or not, we all are impacted by pet over-population. According
to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, the capture, impound and eventual
destruction of homeless animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a
billion dollars each year. Unwanted litters cost people money and time but the animal pays the
ultimate price: with their life, simply because they are homeless. We aim to prevent that.
GCPP is able to serve all who seek assistance for the spay or neuter of their pet. In 2016, 145 cats and 134 dogs were spayed or neutered with costs covered by GCPP. Time and again comments to us personally, via social media and our web site indicate that we are helping individuals be responsible pet stewards by helping financially as well as through educational programs.