I had already planned to write about this terrific local charity for today’s Blog the Change for Animals event before the recent tragic shootings in Tucson. Now I’m doubly glad to have the opportunity to showcase one of the many strengths of my adopted hometown: Its devoted and compassionate community of animal lovers.
In these tough economic times, many people can barely afford to feed their pets. Imagine their sense of helplessness when facing the cost of care resulting from an accident or sudden acute illness.
The founders of the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson (VSCT), a top-of-the-line emergency and referral hospital, don’t think that money should stand in the way of getting urgent medical treatment for companion animals. That’s why they created Cause Four Paws, dedicated to helping pets and their owners in times of financial need.
Along with offering specialty and emergency veterinary care to families below the poverty line, the 501(c)3 nonprofit Cause Four Paws also:
- provides scholarships to veterinary schools and veterinary technician programs to southern Arizona students of proven scholastic abilities.
- helps create and maintain a library of the latest veterinary textbooks, journals, and databases, most donated by VSCT’s staff of boarded specialists (if I were to describe their myriad medical accomplishments, this would be a very long post). Like most states, Arizona has no veterinary school, so this growing collection of educational materials is an invaluable resource for southern Arizona’s pet services community.
Cause For Paws is financed in part by memorial bells displayed in the VSCT’s Comfort Garden, a beautifully landscaped patch of desert outside the striking facility (it just won its second Merit Award for excellence in hospital design from Veterinary Economics magazine). A donation of $100 or more buys you one of these brass beauties — and a legacy. You’re not only providing a remembrance for your pet; you’re also helping other pets in need and their present and future healers.
I can’t think of a better tribute to a beloved family member.
For more details — and for donations — visit the Cause Four Paws site.
Note: I should emphasize that treatment is provided for a single severe illness or injury, not for chronic diseases. And that the fund is just getting started. But the more people who contribute, the more animals can be helped.