What would you do if your dog had a emergency that required medical care you couldn’t afford? That’s just the impossible position in which Marylander Jacob Sturm recently found himself. Going to take his dog Jax for a walk, he pulled his car over to the side of the road. And that’s when the eager pup jumped out the window and into oncoming traffic.
Jax survived being hit by a car, but was left with a back leg broken in three places. When his dad received the medical estimate that was beyond his financial means, he felt out of options. But luckily Jax’s veterinarian mentioned The Buddy Foundation of Maryland, a local charity dedicated to helping pet parents pay for necessary vet care that would otherwise result in the sadly economical use of euthanasia.
Founded in 2011, The Buddy Foundation is a donor-supported organization based on the concept that no dog family member should be economically euthanized if s/he has a treatable condition. Says Sam Segal, Development Director:
“We’re strong believers that, though there is an international network working to improve the welfare of animals, there really isn’t much support for the families who own them.”
In discussions with local animal care experts, Segal has discovered that dog parents without assistance frequently surrender their pups to shelters in hopes that lifesaving care can be provided. But this places further financial strain on these organizations, whose main mission is centered around animal adoption. So to help avoid this too, the Foundation will work with the veterinary practice to discuss price reduction and then cover the remaining costs that the pet parent can’t.
“We’re saving people’s family members that wouldn’t be able to be saved otherwise,” says Jay Dackman, founder of Foundation. And thanks to these fairy dogparents, dogs like Buddy (above) and Jax are up and running again with their families. High paws, Buddies!
To learn more about The Buddy Foundation of Maryland or to make a donation, please visit them online.