For its seventh year running, Community First Foundation and FirstBank presented Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 6. This annual statewide movement uses online giving to increase and celebrate philanthropy in Colorado, and the $1 Million Incentive Fund is one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Animal lovers interested in helping out less fortunate pets and people were able to log onto ColoradoGives.org/PetAidColorado, and make a tremendously worthwhile impact not only on the lives of at-risk animals most in need of medical care, but to all of the grateful pet owners who were spared the deep sorrow that goes hand-in-hand with unnecessary euthanasia and/or relinquishment. Donations made to PetAid specifically on December 6 increased the value of every dollar spent through the Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund, and we are happy to report that PetAid supporters raised $33,000 with a record number of 311 donations on behalf of all of the animal companions who depend on our care.
An especially big thank you to everyone who assisted PetAid in fulfilling our mission of providing the healthcare safety net for underprivileged pets. Your gift allows us to help pets across the state through three vital programs that subsidize veterinary care for pets belonging to economically disadvantaged owners, and this lifesaving work is made possible specifically because of events like Colorado Gives Day. In 2016, PetAid’s programs have achieved so much:
- PetAid Animal Hospital met the medical needs of more than 10,000 sick and injured animals, which is a 25% increase from 2015.
- PetAid Care Grants has expanded to 47 rural and frontier counties throughout Colorado because veterinary practices in these areas have fewer charitable funds to help pet owners in need.
- PetAid Community Outreach completed a record 16 wellness and vaccine clinics, visiting subsidized senior centers such as Olin Hotel and homeless shelters like the Salvation Army to care for nearly 600 pets whose owners have barriers to in-clinic care.
We hope to continue working with you in the future to strengthen our collaboration in creating access and opportunities for Colorado’s most vulnerable populations.
Once again, please accept our most sincere thanks for your support during Colorado Gives Day. If you missed the opportunity to send a gift but would still like to, it’s not too late! Please visit our donation page or click on the button below.