Veterinary Assistance for Pets in Need

The Dandelion Fund was established in 2002 as a method of offering assistance to existing clients of our practice in providing medical or surgical care for a beloved pet suffering from catastrophic injury. To be considered for the Dandelion Fund, the pet must be an existing, active patient of South Windsor Veterinary Clinic. The pet must have received routine medical care at our facility within the last year and be current on rabies vaccinations.

The Dandelion Fund is made available through the kind donations of our staff and existing clients, and has historically been applied to patients with a good chance of recovery who have suffered a severe, unexpected injury. Since the fund is very limited it is not intended to subsidize routine care nor to entirely fund medical care for a catastrophic event, but rather to lend a hand to those pet owners who have demonstrated good faith provision of basic pet health care previously but are suddenly faced with a situation that threatens their ability to continue providing the level of medical care required.

Utilization of the Dandelion Fund toward a pet’s expenses is under the discretion of the pet care team of South Windsor Veterinary Clinic for those individuals who have met the above criteria and demonstrated financial need.

We wanted to tell you about a few patients who received help from our Dandelion Fund

First is Mittens, a 2 year old kitty, who suffered trauma from fan belt injuries…she was hiding under the hood of the family car when they started it and sustained serious injuries to her hind legs. She had many deep cuts, broken toes and a severed Achille’s tendon. A member of Mittens’ family also was in a motor vehicle accident and finances were tight. With the help of the Dandelion Fund, we were able to help Mittens get the care and surgery she needed. After several weeks in splints and bandages, she is doing well!

Tank, a 10 mos Rottie mix, was hit by a dump truck. Tank came in severe head trauma, jaw fracture and a fractured rear leg. We recommended a transfer to an emergency hospital, but Tank’s family elected to have him stay with us. At first, we weren’t even sure he could recover from the head trauma. After 36 hrs, his mental status improved and we then had to tackle the jaw and leg fractures. Because of the extensive injuries and need for a specialist to perform the surgeries, costs were adding up. With the help of the Dandelion Fund, we were able to help Tank’s family out. Tank’s surgeries went very well and he has fully recovered from his injuries!

We know that finances are tight for everybody during these tough economic times, but please consider a donation to our Dandelion Fund to help our furry friends. There is a donation jar in our waiting room or we would be pleased to deposit any amount into our Dandelion Fund account, no donation is too small.

As an aside, there are also veterinary insurance policies available to cover “major medical” expenses, such as the experiences in these stories. Please ask us for information from VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) if you are interested in learning more.