The Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund (V.E.T. Fund) was established by Dr. Jeff Smith in 2012 with the belief that the bond that forms between a person and their pet is immensely beneficial and is worthy of preserving regardless of financial situation. From the young child with his first puppy to the elderly person with that unconditional four-legged companion, these relationships have deep and lasting value. Dr. Smith had the simple idea that a community of
animal lovers could support one another in times of need.
The fund’s purpose is to raise money and work with vets in the Dan River Region to make financial assistance available to give companion animals a chance to remain family members. The Fund gives loving pet owners the means to save their best friend when they are unable to make full payment in times of a pet’s sudden illness or emergency treatment. Veterinary care has become very sophisticated and expensive and it is common to spend $5000 on a visit to a veterinary specialist. When an emergency situation arises, sometimes people are not prepared to pay such a bill and are forced to end a pet’s life in a situation that could be resolved. The Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund is here to help people get through a difficult situation and continue a long gratifying relationship with their companion.
The Community Foundation will work through local animal agencies to manage the financial assistance program, with the first funds expected to be available in summer 2013.