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Fredericksburg, VA area non-profit receives major grant from the Irving and Phyllis Millstein Foundation For Animal Welfare to provide veterinary care to pets living in poverty.
Saint Seton's Orphaned Animals (SSOA)
628 Cambridge St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Contact: Jeanette Allard, Executive Director
Fredericksburg, VA, Tuesday, May 1, 2018-Economic euthanasia occurs when a pet owner cannot afford treatment for their pet and, having no other recourse, opts to euthanize. A study conducted by the ASPCA estimates a staggering one-third of all companion animals surrendered nationwide are sick or injured animals in the care of low income families who could not afford treatment for their furry family members. Forty-percent of the study respondents indicated they would not surrender their pet to a shelter if free or low cost veterinary care were available.
Fighting the War against Economic Euthanasia of Companion Animals
In October 2012, SSOA opened a full-service, non-profit, veterinary hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia to combat economic euthanasia and pet overpopulation. The hospital provided free care to 250 low income pet parents in 2017. This pro bono treatment includes costly surgeries and dentistry well out of the reach of low income families. Service fees generated from affordable care go back into the budget to support the hospital and other programs such as, "Meals on Wheels 4 Petz" and free spay/neuter vouchers for the poor. SSOA's primary goal is to keep pets out of the shelters and in their homes.
SSOA receives a grant from the Irving and Phyllis Millstein Foundation For Animal Welfare to provide medical care to pets living in poverty
The Millsteins came from modest backgrounds and became wealthy from a fashion business created by Mr. Millstein. They were humble people who never flaunted their wealth and who were very generous and caring people. The couple had a deep love for animals. Sadly, Mr. Millstein passed away in 1998 and his wife lived until 2009. Per their wishes, The Irving and Phyllis Millstein Foundation For Animal Welfare, Ltd. was created. Since its creation, the foundation has made a major grant to Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine which supports medical care to impoverished pet owners provided by veterinary students. In December 2017, the foundation provided funding to charter an airplane to fly 130 animals impacted by Hurricane Maria to an animal welfare rescue in Long Island, NY. In addition, the foundation provided a large grant to the Humane Society of the U.S. for the rescue of pets affected by the Texas and Louisiana hurricanes and floods. The foundation's grant of over $25,000 to SSOA will help rescue 300 animals from economic euthanasia throughout 2018. The foundation made a second grant of over $35,000 to purchase and repair veterinary equipment thus making it possible for the hospital to provide the very best care to its patients, regardless of their economic situation.
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