Nashville, TN – In 2006, Carol Smock and a few of her friends used a traumatic pet experience to be the launching starter in creating Brown Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps families pay for their pet’s medical bills. It was around the start of the downward trend in the economy that led Smock to be at a loss when she found out her beloved dog, a chocolate lab named Chocolate Chip, had cancer, a blow she received shortly after becoming unemployed.
Their mission is to offer pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative to euthanasia when their pet faces a treatable but life-threatening condition or illness in order to restore quality of life for both the pet and the owner.
Brown Dog Foundation focuses on both dogs and cats that are owned pets, ones that have been in the family for a while, and ones that are not a stray someone picked up on the side of the street. They also look for treatable conditions that are life-threatening if left untreated. The money they use to help these pets and owners in need comes mainly from fund raising events, as well as supporter donations. They are currently looking for financial backing to implement a software tool that would allow them to be more efficient to grant applicants.
Age and breed of the pet is not taken into consideration when determining if a pet is eligible to receive financial help, but they do give the highest priority where they know they can make an impact and save the pet for what life they have remaining.
There are many ways to support the Brown Dog Foundation, from simply making a donation to sponsoring an event on their behalf to raise money. You can also make a difference by becoming a part of their new Adopt a Family Program. If you, your business or your church, childrens or school group will commit to raising $600, Brown Dog Foundation will use that money to “sponsor” a family and credit your group.
Brown Dog Foundation has been a life saver to so many pets and their owners since 2006, and will continue to do everything they can to make a difference in the lives of ill pets.