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Mission: PetAid Colorado is the healthcare safety net for underprivileged pets and animals at risk.
Vision: Underprivileged and at-risk pets receive the healthcare they need and deserve to remain bonded with their human companions.
Overview: PetAid Colorado (formerly the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that weaves a safety net of programs to benefit pets in need. Collaborating with veterinarians and community partners, and thanks to donor support, we are delivering an array of unique programs and fulfilling a vast need to provide veterinary care for animals of vulnerable populations, exclusively. We believe that all animals, regardless of their owner's financial status, deserve the veterinary care needed to prevent animal suffering and relinquishment.
There are four program areas under the PetAid Colorado umbrella:
1) PetAid Animal Hospital -- providing comprehensive healthcare for underprivileged pets.
2) PetAid Care Grants -- supplementing veterinarians' charitable care for underprivileged pets.
3) PetAid Disaster Services -- assisting at-risk animals in disasters.
4) PetAid Home Outreach -- providing healthcare for vulnerable populations unable to access in-clinic care.
Goal 1: To provide comprehensive donor-subsidized veterinary care while promoting the humane treatment of animals.
Goal 2: To provide veterinary care for pets of individuals who have personal barriers to receiving care in a veterinary clinic setting and live on fixed incomes.
Goal 3: To reduce pet overpopulation and promote responsible care of companion animals.
Goal 4: To recognize, highlight, and celebrate the human-animal bond.
Goal 5: To provide disaster preparedness and response services to benefit pets and people.
PetAid Colorado (PAC) was created as the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, in 2002 to support education, scholarship, and service programs that improve animal health and welfare in Colorado. The name was changed in May 2012 to PetAid Colorado to better reflect the mission and goals of the organization.
PetAid Colorado has been evolving since 2002. And while it is still known as a caring community organization where medical and administrative staff, volunteers, and supporters dedicate themselves to helping underprivileged and at-risk pets, PetAid has grown by leaps and bounds, expanding its programs and its reach across Colorado. Thousands of pets and families have been touched each year through PetAid Colorado's unique programs, and we see every day the difference we are making in the lives of pets and people in need. However, there are still countless others who could benefit from what PetAid and its programs can offer, from the treatment and care provided at PetAid Animal Hospital and through our Home Outreach and Care Grants, and to those assisted during times of crisis by PetAid Disaster Services. PetAid Colorado is ready and willing to meet the challenge - but additional funding is needed to provide help for the neediest among us. To achieve this, PetAid Colorado is working to build greater public awareness about who we are, what we do, and why we do it.
Beginning in 2012, the PetAid Colorado Board of Directors committed to a sound strategic planning process with goals and strategies meant to ensure the long-term viability and success of the organization. PetAid Colorado aims to better connect with stakeholders, improve awareness, and build broader and stronger financial participation among donors and has laid out the following goals for the next five years:
• Ensure that all Colorado animals in need receive high-quality veterinary care through PetAid programs and services.
• Make the PetAid brand widely recognized as the authority and premier resource for healthcare for underprivileged and at-risk pets.
• Raise over $3 million annually to support operations and delivery of programs and services at a high level of excellence.
We look forward to strengthening our safety net programs in 2013 and expanding the level of help we can provide to pets and people in need. We hope you will join us by endorsing and supporting the efforts of PetAid Colorado.
Executive Director Statement
Our donors are the lifeblood of all we do. In these tough economic times, you make even more of a difference in the lives of those we serve as we work together to make Colorado a better place for animals and people. People are stepping up and making a difference in the lives of the vulnerable populations who would normally not have access to veterinary care for the pets they love so much. PetAid Colorado has unique programs that improve animal health and welfare in Colorado. I hope you will take a moment to check out our website at www.petaidcolorado.org to find out how you can become involved. Please join me and the hundreds of PetAid Colorado supporters in making a commitment to the animals and people of Colorado.
PetAid Animal Hospital, formerly Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital, is Colorado's largest, comprehensive, non-profit veterinary hospital. The hospital grew out of the vision of Louise Collbran Harrison, granddaughter of Adolph Coors, who founded the Coors brewing empire. Knowing that thousands of pets were being euthanized each year at animal shelters, Ms. Harrison wanted to save the lives of as many of these animals as possible. Wisely identifying an important solution, Ms. Harrison began to support spay/neuter programs. She also took care of dozens of cats in her home and made sure that none of them went to a new home without being spayed or neutered.
In 1976, Ms. Harrison opened a spay/neuter clinic, Queen City, in a low-income Denver neighborhood. The following year another clinic opened on Denver's Capitol Hill and a third clinic later opened in Boulder. The clinics were a response to an estimated 86,000 unwanted dogs and cats euthanized each year in Denver's animal shelters. In 1999, the number of euthanized pets in the Denver area was less than 14,000--a remarkable decrease due in large part to the more than 210,000 surgeries Harrison Memorial had performed.
By the mid-1980s, the clinics had outgrown their facilities and were unable to adequately address another growing animal welfare need in the Denver metro community-veterinary care for pets with fixed or low-income guardians. In 1990, all three clinics were consolidated into a large, modern veterinary hospital called Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital, designed to serve the changing needs of the animals and their owners in the greater Denver community. Harrison Memorial provided veterinary services to animals who otherwise might not receive such needed medical care.
In addition Harrison Memorial served as a teaching hospital to fourth year veterinary students from across the country and collaborated with private veterinary practices in the Denver Metro area in the Vet Partner Program wherein necessary medical procedures that are not affordable at one's veterinarian may be referred to Harrison Memorial for a reduced fee. Once the animal is well, the client may resume services with his/her regular veterinarian.
Then in January 2007, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) and Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital joined together to create the CVMF Harrison Center for Animals. Joining forces positively impacted their ability to increase services. They believed that bringing together members of the veterinary community with those who had supported Harrison Memorial over the past 16 year would make the hospital a stronger force for serving animals in need.
Most recently, on May 13, 2012, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) changed its name to PetAid Colorado. The Board of Directors undertook this process with both trepidation and excitement, and with the upmost care and respect for the organization's history and its founders. Key stakeholders and constituents made it clear that clarity and simplicity are paramount in expressing who the organization is and what it does. The new name will have minimal impact on the way the staff and board go about their work - but it will certainly make it much easier to express it to friends, donors, and the communities it serves. At the same time, the new identify maintains the distinctiveness it brings as the safety net for underprivileged and at-risk pets throughout Colorado.
Board Chair/President Statement
PetAid Colorado (PAC) Board of Directors hereby fully endorses the effort by PAC in raising resources through grants, corporate sponsors and individual donors to assist in the fulfillment of its mission.
The PAC Board of Directors continues to support PAC development of innovative programs that continue to make Colorado a better place for animals and people.
PetAid Colorado, in 2012 helped:
- over 3,600 sick and injured animals with medical care
- over 2,900 pet owners from vulnerable populations
- funds raised provide discounts and subsidies to clients and the pets we help through our programs
PerAid Colorado, in 2013 hopes to help:
- over 4,000 sick and injured animals with medical care
- over 3,000 pet owners from vulnerable populations
- raise $1,000,000, with over $700,000 designated to healthcare subsidies for pets in need
PetAid Colorado understands that cost is often an obstacle to having a pet cared for medically, especially when families struggle to meet basic daily needs. PetAid seeks to alleviate this obstacle by targeting vulnerable populations and neighborhoods in Colorado and providing subsidies for veterinary services to these populations.
Animal owners are still often deterred from having their pets treated because they see veterinary care as an unnecessary or unaffordable expense, especially when faced with the inability to meet their most basic financial needs. Animal owners often resort to relinquishing their animals, euthanizing them, or letting their animal become stray, often without current vaccinations or having been spayed or neutered, thereby further contributing to the diseased and overpopulated feral and stray populations and potentially compromising public health. We have to keep animals bonded and living in their homes, and prevent animal suffering.
The most pressing needs for our organization are:
1) Ensuring that all Colorado animals in need receive the high-quality veterinary care through PetAid programs and services.
2) Making the PetAid brand widely recognized as the authority and premier resource for healthcare for underprivileged pets and at-risk pets.
3) Raising over $3 million annually to support operations and delivery of program and services at a high level of excellence.