Background & Mission

The Farley Foundation was established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) in 2001, in recognition of the fact that many low income pet owners lack the financial resources to pay for veterinary care that their pets need.

The foundationís mission is to assist Ontario pet owners in demonstrated financial need by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for the pets, to help those pets live longer, happier lives.

Ontario veterinarians recognize the special relationship that exists between people and their pets, and the positive impact pets can have on the health and well-being of their owners. This is often particularly true for the elderly or persons with disabilities, who may depend heavily on their pets for companionship. Thatís why the Farley Foundation subsidizes the cost of veterinary care for these and other pet owners who cannot otherwise afford such treatment.

The Foundation subsidizes the cost of non-elective veterinary care for pets owned by:

  • Seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement GIS);
  • Disabled individuals receiving the Ontario Disability Support Payment (ODSP) or the Canada Pension Plan Ė Disability (CPP Disability);
  • Women at risk of abuse entering registered womenís shelters, and who are participating in the OVMA SafePet Program;
  • Individuals receiving financial assistance through Ontario Works; and
  • Facilities catering to seniors who require special care, including supporting housing, retirement homes and long-term care facilities.

The foundation subsidizes up to 100% of the cost of care, to a maximum of $1,000 per pet or pet owner per year. The veterinary practice providing treatment may provide an additional subsidy to help offset the cost of treatment, where needed.

The Farley Foundation reviews its eligibility criteria annually to ensure that the greatest number of people and pets possible are assisted through the Foundation, within the Foundationís current financial means.