I’m Carol Smock, and I founded Brown Dog Foundation after Chocolate Chip, my chocolate Labrador retriever, was euthanized while struggling with Lymphosarcoma – a disease requiring treatment I couldn’t afford while unemployed.
Since 2006, Brown Dog Foundation has provided funding for families lacking the ability to immediately access required funds to treat a sick dog or cat likely to respond to necessary medical treatment. Our 501(c)(3) public charity receives an average of 375 requests for assistance each month but under present funding is only able to fulfill around 4% of all requests for help with potentially lifesaving treatment. Your donation to Brown Dog Foundation will enable us to save more lives.
Brown Dog Foundation helps these types of families and individuals – and the pets they love:
· IMPOVERISHED – Brown Dog Foundation helps fund potentially lifesaving treatment for a dog or cat – treatment a family or individual would be unable to fully pay for without our assistance. Each year, we give the gift of medical treatment assistance to those struggling with chronic financial hardship.
· WORKING-CLASS – Many dog and cat owners can fund potentially lifesaving treatment for a dog or cat over time, but can’t come up with a large lump sum payment on a short schedule. In these cases, we pay the veterinary clinic in full so treatment can proceed, and pet owners repay us in affordable installments via our partnership with VetBilling.
· TEMPORARILY DISADVANTAGED – Each year, we’re approached by people who were, until recently, earning a good or even great living. But suddenly their income was reduced to a weekly unemployment check. Their earnings will go back up. In the meantime, through our partnership with VetBilling, we offer a repayment plan so treatment can proceed.
· IN NEED OF GUIDANCE – We provide many families with something invaluable: sound advice. This often includes referrals to lower-cost providers and info on alternate treatment options to bring costs to affordable levels. We’ve been able to reduce the cost of medical treatment by as much as 90%+.
All applicants for aid are carefully screened by us, to ensure your donation goes to a pet owner in genuine need of assistance. Our typical approval process takes just 2-5 business days, so your donation will quickly be put to good use. Our annual requests for support total approximately $6 million, so with demand for aid far outstripping current funding, rest assured your donation is desperately needed.
Specialty Veterinary Pharmacy (SVP), a leading veterinary compounding pharmacy, has generously agreed to match the first $1,000 in donations to Brown Dog Foundation, dollar for dollar. So the first $1,000 in donations automatically doubles to $2,000. Here are other bonuses available to donors through this drive:
With your $25-$49 donation– receive the eBook version of “Brown Dog” ($9.99 retail value). See the story of how I adopted a rescue dog whose owners couldn’t afford to care for him and later found myself in a similar situation when Chip, my beloved lab, needed lifesaving medical treatment I couldn’t afford. This experience inspired me to launch Brown Dog Foundation.
With your $50-$99 donation– receive the hardcover version of “Brown Dog” (302 pages – $34.95 retail value).
With your donation of $100 or more– receive this Isabel Bloom sculpture(shown above) aptly named Chocolate Chip in honor of the family member who inspired Brown Dog Foundation (the supply is very limited, so this is only available for the first 10 donors of $100 or more).
My passion is preventing the pain I experienced as a working-class dog owner when Chocolate Chip needed critical medical treatment during my brief unemployment. What happened to me could happen to anyone. Help us save more dogs and cats who, like Chip, are considered family members by pet owners. Thank you for your donation to Brown Dog Foundation.