Background

The Farley Foundation was established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) in 2001 and assists people in financial need by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for the pets that mean the world to them.

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 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.