Celebrating the Bond In a Unique Way
Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR
Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital
This past fall, we celebrated Veteranâ€™s Day a little differently at Case Veterinary Hospital. Using a donation of treats from Hillâ€™s Science Diet, we asked for a contribution for the treats from our clients. We also had clients donate to honor a veteran they knew. All proceeds went to Soldierâ€™s Best Friend, a group who pairs trained dogs with soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We raised over $150 dollars for this worthwhile organization.
This month, we are excited to help promote Canine Assistants. Elanco, makers of Trifexis, partnered with this amazing group in April and are donating $1.00 for every 6 month pack of Trifexis veterinarians sell. Dr. Case McCorvey went to Utah recently and met with one of these wonderful canines as well as meeting with the founder of the organization. She came home very impressed with their mission and the incredible stories they shared.
Both of the above organizations understand that dogs are wonderful for those who want to lead more productive lives but are limited by either illness or a traumatic disorder. The dogs open up their worlds allowing them to overcome feelings of isolation, fear, and being unaccepted. They are also able to physically help them when they are not able to perform basic life functions easily.
As animal lovers, we know how much our beloved pets alleviate stress and bring so much joy in our lives. It is exciting to be able to help fulfill a dream of being able to receive one of these dogs and to watch how they transform the recipientâ€™s lives. Jennifer Arnold is the founder of Canine Assistants and she has her facility right here in Georgia. She started CA in 1991 after working over 10 years to raise funds for the farm. A Multiple Sclerosis patient herself, she knew how isolated one can feel when struggling with a debilitating disease. She has placed over 1000 dogs with recipients and has a waiting list of over 2000. Each dog costs $22,000 and takes 1.5 years to raise and train for his/her job. The foundation is proud of the fact that 95% of the money raised goes to training and placement of the canines.
We are so pleased to be able to give to these projects. If you have been buying singles of Trifexis, we ask that you consider buying a 6 month supply so a donation is made. Every dollar counts! It is a win-win for Canine Assistants and for your won dogâ€™s protection against heartworm disease. If you donâ€™t know about Trifexis, our healthcare team can give you more information to see if it is a good fit for your petâ€™s needs.
Below are the two websites where you can go to learn more about the two projects: