PETAID COLORADO is one of seven Colorado charities nominated in Citywide Banks’ Charity Hand-Up Contest taking place October 1-14, 2013. The Denver/Boulder community is invited to vote for a nominee and enter prize drawings. The charity receiving the most contest votes will receive a $5,000 donation, while the other nominees will split $2,500 in donations based on the voting results.
The mission of PetAid Colorado is to be the healthcare safety net for underprivileged pets and animals at risk. PetAid helps vulnerable pets whose owners are struggling with financial barriers to obtain medical care for their sick or injured pets.
“We are the healthcare safety net for underprivileged and at-risk pets,” explained Sharon Brown, development director of PetAid Colorado.
The involvement of the veterinary community makes the nonprofit’s services unique, and extremely impactful in ways that other animal welfare organizations can’t achieve. Its largest program is PetAid Animal Hospital, which serves over 4,000 pets annually. Pet owners must qualify based on their income, wherein the hospital then offers veterinary services on a sliding scale fee, typically discounted 15% to 50% from standard fees. Eighty percent of PetAid Animal Hospital clients are living below the poverty line.
Another program, PetAid Home Outreach, is for pet owners who have barriers to receiving in-clinic care. “Whether it’s lack of transportation, people with disabilities, or homebound individuals, they have difficulty getting to a clinic for the necessary medical care of their pet,” explained Brown.
Home Outreach is run by volunteer licensed veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians who provide services to clients in two different ways. The first is when the volunteers go into the home annually and perform a wellness exam and up to two vaccinations for the pet. If the pet needs further medical care, it is transported to PetAid Animal Hospital to receive that care at no cost to the pet owner. The second way is when the volunteers go to a residential setting that meets program income and demographic qualifications, to set up a half-day wellness and vaccine clinic in that facility’s community room so the residents can have their pets cared for.
PetAid Colorado’s third program is PetAid Care Grants. These grants offer financial support to counties within Colorado to help care for underprivileged pets. If someone comes into a veterinary practice and can’t afford the necessary medical care for their pet, that practice can contact PetAid and request financial support for the care of that pet, up to a certain amount, as long as the practice is willing to discount a portion of their services as well. Currently the program is only available in Archuleta, Logan, and Morgan counties, but PetAid is working to make it available in every county in the state as funding becomes available.
The animal nonprofit also has a PetAid Disaster Services program that assists at-risk animals during disasters. For example, with the recent Colorado flooding, the organization is working directly with the State of Colorado’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and other organizations to coordinate relief efforts that serve displaced pets. It is the only animal welfare organization officially recognized as a partner of the state of Colorado when it comes to disaster animal response.
“What’s interesting about disasters is that there’s a lot of outpouring during a disaster, but the real need comes later, when the recovery has begun but relief efforts are still needed.”
A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would be designated to PetAid Disaster Services to aid in strengthening the program. “There is much work that needs to be done, not just in the relief efforts for the hundreds of displaced animals, but in training local counties and the community about disaster preparedness.” said Brown.
PetAid Colorado is also looking to fill volunteer opportunities in all their programs. Trained veterinarians or veterinary technician volunteers are always needed for outreach programs as well as disaster relief. For more information on ways to donate your time or money, please visit www.PetAidColorado.com.
Vote to Give PetAid Colorado a $5,000 Hand-Up
As a Colorado-owned bank focused entirely on the Front Range, Citywide Banks shares a commitment to our local community with PetAid Colorado. Through our Charity Hand-Up Contest, we are proud to spotlight the great work and ongoing needs of local nonprofits. Based on the results of a 14-day Facebook vote, the local community will determine how $7,500 is split among seven Colorado charities nominated by Citywide Banks employees. The charity receiving the most votes will receive $5,000 and the runner-up will receive $1,000. The remaining donation amounts will correspond to the voting results for each nominated charity. The voting public can also enter to win great prizes, including dinner for two at some of Denver’s top restaurants. Official prize drawing rules are available by clicking here. Full contest details are at www.CitywideBanks.com/charity/.
How to Cast Your Vote – October 1-14
The contest is open to the general public within the Denver/Boulder community (non-customers welcome to participate; no purchase necessary). The easiest way to vote is online by clicking the “Charity Contest” tab on the Citywide Banks Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/citywidebanks. Users will need to “like” the bank’s Facebook page to cast a vote/entry online. One vote/entry is permitted during the 14-day contest. After voting on Facebook, users can use the sharing buttons to easily invite their Facebook friends to vote for their favorite charity.
Spread the Word about PetAid Colorado
Tell your coworkers, friends, and family in Colorado to cast their vote for your favorite nonprofit. Use the sharing buttons above this article, on the Facebook voting page, or throughout Citywide Banks’ social media pages to help spread the word.