When Carlito was born, he was the tiny runt of the litter. But that didn’t stop his owner, Cayla, from providing him with a loving and happy home in Colorado Springs. After some extra nursing and lots of cuddles, Carlito developed into a playful, energetic, and social kitten with a big appetite. But one day, out of the blue, he stopped eating and became lethargic. Once he began vomiting, Cayla knew that something was wrong.
Ready to dust off your records and do the twist? Come join us for “Yappy Days,” 2018’s Mutts & Models | The Fundraiser for Underprivileged Pets! Let your inner Fonzie out to play as we celebrate the 17th year of Mutts & Models, Denver’s premier canine fashion show that features local personalities braving the catwalk alongside their dogs (who are more than happy to strut their stuff to the delight of an adoring crowd).
Jeff and his dog, Buddy, have been the best of friends for over 12 years. One of the things they loved to do most was head to the mountains on the weekends to drive around on ATVs while Buddy played and romped in the empty fields. “Those were the happiest days for us,” says Jeff. Unfortunately, Jeff was in a bad accident that left him disabled. Buddy became a major part of Jeff’s recovery, particularly when it came to helping him stay dedicated to his physical therapy.
You can continue to save the lives of vulnerable pets in need by joining the Sustainer Society, PetAid’s monthly giving club that makes affordable yet quality medical care accessible to patients who are all out of options and have nowhere else to turn. Monthly giving is an easy, efficient, and tax-deductible way to make a long-lasting impact by helping PetAid and its programs prevent the suffering of sick and injured animals who are helpless and hurting.
As a nonprofit deeply committed to keeping pets and people together, PetAid Colorado enriches communities by partnering with local veterinarians to provide a healthcare safety net for underprivileged pets. Veterinarians throughout the state have been particularly helpful in their efforts to increase awareness of PetAid by making referrals when clients are on fixed incomes and cannot afford treatment for their pets.
Hugo speaks lovingly of how Luna came into his life four years ago when he was first diagnosed with a chronic depression that was beginning to spiral out of control. “When I adopted Luna,” says Hugo, “she helped me in ways that I never thought an animal could. Luna has brightened days that I thought were dark and hopeless by bringing so much love into my life.” One night while Hugo was at home, he heard hissing and cries of pain coming from outside. Luna had been in the front yard when she was viciously attacked by a passing stray cat who punctured one of her hind legs.
For its eighth year running, Community First Foundation and FirstBank presented Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 5. This was an especially exciting time for PetAid as this annual statewide movement celebrates and encourages philanthropy through online giving. While philanthropy offers many tax advantages, the main reason for giving on this special day is to benefit underprivileged pets by preventing their needless pain and suffering.
PetAid supporters came together on Thursday, November 9 to celebrate the Angel Society’s Donor Appreciation Reception held at the beautiful Wellshire Event Center in Denver from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The reception included wine, dessert, and delicious hors d’oeuvres while CEO-Designate Diane Matt spoke of PetAid’s most recent achievements and accomplishments.
Melissa and her son, Jonathan, were thrilled when they adopted a Labrador mix named Drako one year ago. They knew he was a truly one-of-a-kind dog when Jonathan, who suffers from multiple disabilities and has severe epilepsy, noticed that Drako would sit next to him and lick his face when he was experiencing seizures.
PetAid Colorado is pleased to announce its receipt of a new $25,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to reduce pet homelessness by making veterinary care accessible for animals who are at risk of entering the shelter system. The PetSmart Charities grant supports a shared commitment with PetAid in avoiding the needless abandonment of beloved pets—especially when a medical intervention is the pathway to healing the animal and avoiding relinquishment.
This month, the Ralph Carr Chili cook-off took place in downtown Denver’s Judicial Center. Its contestants went all out in an attempt to win the coveted championship title, and included influential government officials such as the Attorney General and Office of the State Court Administrator.
When Stephanie found Eli six years ago, he was a scared stray cat hiding under a neighborhood dumpster. After many attempts at bribery with different cans of tuna and cat food, she was able to win the stray’s trust before giving him a brand new home. “Eli has brought me so much joy over the years with his goofball personality!” says Stephanie. “So I became concerned when he started growing a bump on his head. After about a month of watching him and noticing it wasn’t going away, I decided it was time for him to be seen by a veterinarian.”
Olive’s owner, Susan, began to notice something was very wrong when the usually energetic terrier became extremely lethargic and disoriented due to low oxygen levels in her brain. Olive’s symptoms became increasingly worse to the point where she could no longer walk. “It was terrible to see her like that,” says Susan with tears in her eyes, “she would stand up and was so listless, that even a gust of wind could easily knock her over.”
PetAid Colorado CEO, Ralph Johnson, will retire at the end of 2017 after 18 years of steadfast leadership and direction. To commemorate his tremendous contributions to PetAid’s growth and development throughout the years, PetAid is honoring him by creating the Ralph 18 Legacy Campaign—a matching gift campaign to raise a total of $360,000 in support of veterinary subsidies for vulnerable pets who are most in need.
The sixth annual Battle of the Vet Hospital Stars (BOTVHS) recently took place on Sunday, September 10 at Clement Park in Littleton. Hosted by the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (VRCC), 51 veterinary clinics throughout the state came together to compete and raise funds for PetAid Colorado.
The fifth annual Puttin’ for PetAid brought 144 participants together on Monday, August 28 at Red Rocks Country Club for some much-needed fun on the greens, and to vie for the coveted first place trophy.
Brownie, a 13-year-old dachshund, is the only family Phil has left after inheriting her from his son who unexpectedly passed away. The two formed a close bond as they mourned together during this extremely difficult time. When Brownie was diagnosed with a tumor in her stomach, Phil was at a loss for options on how to treat her, but couldn’t bear to abandon her during her greatest time of need.
After being adopted just a few months ago, Chewy had begun adjusting and enjoying his new family and home. His owner was told that the litter Chewy came from had already been given their parvo vaccines, which is why it didn’t seem to make sense when he began displaying classic symptoms like vomiting, fever, and a drastic loss in appetite. When Chewy started having bloody stools, his owner became increasingly alarmed—but living paycheck to paycheck, wasn’t sure where to turn or what to do.
The Louise Harrison Legacy Society’s Donor Appreciation Luncheon was held on Thursday, July 27 at the home of PetAid Colorado Board Member, Anne McGihon. The Legacy Society is a special group of people who have shown extraordinary generosity by including PetAid in their estate plans.
PetAid Animal Hospital's isolation ward has a new HVAC unit! The isolation ward is where we treat contagious parvovirus cases, and the HVAC cooling unit is imperative when it’s time for hospital staff to work together to help pets with parvo survive.
The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate and be with friends and family, enjoying all that summer has to offer. With just a little preparation and precaution, you can also make sure it’s a fun and safe holiday for you and your pets!
A curious fellow occasionally prone to mischief, Charlie is a seven-year old Maltese Schnauzer who enjoys exploring and often sticking his nose into places where it might not always belong! Charlie’s curiosity put him in serious danger when he came across some parachute cord in his garage and gobbled it up while his family was fast asleep.
PetAid Colorado is partnering and saddling up with the Colorado Horse Park for their Summer in the Rockies event on Saturday, June 17! Join us for the exciting Grand Prix competition at 5:00 PM and exhibitor party afterwards, during which guests can learn more about PetAid and make a financial contribution if they wish.
Foxy Brown is a ten-year old Pomeranian who first came to PetAid Animal Hospital in 2016 for pyometra, an infection in the uterus. Foxy was spayed, recovered well, and went home happy and healthy with Sarah, who was also very pleased with her experience at the hospital. However, 2017 brought new challenges for Foxy when she was attacked by another dog so viciously that her entire shoulder joint was destroyed.
Thank you ever so much for gracing us with your presence at “The Bark & White Ball” for Mutts & Models | The Fundraiser for Underprivileged Pets, Denver’s premier canine and celebrity fashion show. Words cannot express how much we appreciate and value your support in helping us to fulfill our mission of providing the healthcare safety net for underprivileged pets.
We look forward to seeing you at Puttin’ for PetAid, our annual golf tournament that is open to the public and anyone who wants improve the lives of vulnerable pets without access to medical care. You’re more than welcome to bring along your friends or colleagues to form your own team. Prefer to attend solo? Let us pair you up with other animal-loving golfers!