In order to better assist pets at Pinellas Animal Hospital, the doctors and staff have formed a non profit charity we affectionately call ‘Barnes’ Buddies’. This charity was named in memory of our long time house pet, Barnes, who came to live at our clinic after being shuffled from home to home for issues with thunderstorm anxieties.
With his happily wagging tail and energetic personality, Barnes enriched the lives of so many of the hospital staff both past and present. Sadly, Barnes succumbed to cancer November 5, 2008. In an effort to keep his spirit alive the team at PAH would like to make it possible to help other pets and their families during their time of need.
About Barnes Buddies
Pinellas Animal Hospital is a member of the Veterinary Care Foundation, a public, not-for-profit charitable foundation which was created to support local veterinary practices in their humanitarian work. Our practice donates considerable time and money every year by giving low or no-cost care to the pets of clients facing financial crisis, treating abandoned, sick or injured pets and those in other unfortunate circumstances.
Sadly, the need today is far greater than our practice can support. The Veterinary Care Foundation is funded entirely through many veterinary practice membership dues and is used to oversee the management of our Barnes Buddies fund. This means that 100% of every dollar contributed is used to help fund the care and treatment of family pets at Pinellas Animal Hospital that we would otherwise be unable to support. Funds for this charity are raised through donations by staff, clients and the general public.
This charity is used to help clients on a case by case basis at the discretion of the doctor and only if there are sufficient funds available. Any member of the team may make a suggestion for a case to be considered on the condition that the pet has a good prognosis of full recovery after treatment.