Friends & Vets Helping Pets


Friends & Vets Helping Pets provides financial assistance for lifesaving veterinary care for sick and injured pets of income-qualified families. We fund treatments for curable, lifesaving diseases and severe injuries such as tumors, broken bones, ambulatory care, expensive medication, special food and post-surgical prosthetics. We hope to solve the problem of families being forced, unnecessarily, to euthanize a family pet solely because of cost restraints.

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Address: PO Box 910117
Lexington, KY 40591
Website: http://www.friendsandvetshelpingpets.org
Matching Fund Source: Kathleen Brooks, NY Times and USA Today Best Selling Author
Email: beth@friendsandvetshelpingpets.org
Phone Number: 859-309-2043
Fax: 859-201-1177
We are great because of the unique niche product that we offer...lifesaving veterinary care. We are working to solve the problem of families being forced, unnecessarily, to euthanize a family pet solely because of cost restraints. Unlike the majority of wonderful animal welfare organizations which provide rescue, spay/neuter, vaccinations, and food, we fund treatments for curable, lifesaving diseases and severe injuries such as tumors, broken bones, ambulatory care, expensive medication, special food and post-surgical prosthetics.

Pets are man's best friend and family members.They greet us warmly as we walk through the door. No matter how bad our day may have been, our pets are there, like no other, listening to our deepest thoughts, our happiest and saddest feelings, giving warm snuggles and kisses when all is lost. When the unexpected happens and our beloved pet is sick or injured, we rush to our veterinarian to find out what is wrong. What can be done to save their life? Oftentimes, the necessary treatment or care is extraordinarily expensive and we are faced with the question, "How am I going to afford this unexpected expense?" For those who are facing financial difficulties already, this question is a troublesome one. Financial hardship comes in many forms: medical bills, job loss, student loans, cancer, seniors living on a fixed income, legal expenses…the list goes on and on. Faced with the difficult decision of finding the money to pay for treatment, surrendering or euthanizing a family pet, Friends & Vets Helping Pets works to keep families and their pets together. We work with each pet's veterinarian to determine how best to solve the problem. We rely upon the judgment and expertise of the veterinarian to guide our funding decisions and then, pay the vet hospital directly. Teamwork saves time and pet lives!

ANOTHER REASON THAT WE ARE GREAT: All FVHP organizational operation costs are underwritten by a generous Board of Directors.
100% OF PUBLIC CONTRIBUTIONS GO TO HELP SICK AND INJURED PETS WITH LIFESAVING VETERINARY TREATMENTS.

Friends & Vets Helping Pets strives to help as many families as possible with available funds. Financial aid is intended as a supplement to family resources. Grants are made to families whose ability to pay is extremely limited, but also to those of somewhat more substantial means, up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, who may only need minor subsidy to meet the veterinary expenses. All applicants must be prepared to show financial need and responsible pet ownership. FVHP does not fund routine vet care, diagnostics or preventative measures like x-ray, ultrasound or MRI tests.

We are growing rapidly and in the past six years, have expanded our service area from five pilot communities in Central Kentucky and Los Angeles, CA to the 48 contiguous states. We started small in 2012, funding 2 procedures in 2 states. To date, we have worked with 160 veterinary practices in 36 states to provide lifesaving vet care to save the lives of over 300 sick and injured pets.

Our greatest need is funding. During the 2018 GoodGiving Guide Challenge, we are hoping to raise $10,000 for emergency veterinary care, to be used in situations when the need is immediate and time is critical. Friends & Vets Helping Pets is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and receives no state or federal funding. We are completely dependent on private and corporate contributions and grants to provide lifesaving veterinary care to sick and injured pets. Every dollar helps so please give generously so we can return that unconditional love to our beloved pets! 100% OF PUBLIC CONTRIBUTIONS GO TO HELP SICK AND INJURED PETS WITH LIFESAVING VETERINARY TREATMENTS.


As a small national nonprofit based in Lexington, KY, we need volunteer help in all aspects of our program. From getting the word out about our services to signing up new veterinarians to events and fund raising, all volunteer help is welcome. In-kind services from veterinarians and related care providers help to maximize the number of pets that we can help save.