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The Farley Foundation helps low-income pet owners in Ontario by subsidizing the cost of non-elective veterinary care for their sick or injured pets.

The vet connection Veterinarians have dedicated their lives to the health and welfare of animals. Every day, they see the positive impact that sharing our lives with an animal has on our health and well-being. This bond is especially meaningful for the elderly, people who have a serious physical or mental illness, people with disabilities and others who depend heavily on their pet for companionship. Dog ambassador Spud wearing his Farley bandanna to show his support of Bravecto Fundraise for Farley Month. OVMA The Farley Foundation is just one of the many ways that Ontario’s veterinarians give back to their communities. The Foundation was created by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) to subsidize the cost of veterinary care for those pet owners who can’t afford unexpected or emergency treatments for their pet. Fundraise for Farley Hundreds of veterinary practices across the province run fundraising campaigns during Bravecto Fundraise for Farley Month in October each year. Veterinary clinics and their communities hold events like dog walks, car washes, open houses, barbecues, and sell Farley Foundation items and paw prints. Other events are organized by the OVMA and like-minded businesses. How you can help Animal lovers and veterinarians also make direct donations, often in honour or memory of a pet or person. These acts of kindness have raised more than $5 million and helped over 11,500 pets since 2002.
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For pet owners: how to apply

If you belong to one of the groups we help and meet the eligibility criteria, you must speak to your veterinarian about the possibility of applying for Farley Foundation funding. Applications for funding can only be submitted by veterinarians.

The Farley Foundation can’t discuss funding applications with pet owners or recommend a veterinarian. For more information, view our FAQ page or email

For veterinarians/clinic staff

OVMA member veterinarians can learn more about accessing Farley Foundation funding and submitting applications on the OVMA website (log-in required).

With thanks to Lynn Johnston

Artist and cartoonist Lynn Johnston is a Canadian icon. Her syndicated comic strip, For Better or For Worse®, which chronicles the life of the Patterson family, has appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers worldwide.

In 2001, Lynn Johnston generously loaned one of her most beloved characters, Farley the English Sheepdog, to the Foundation. The name of the Foundation pays homage to Farley, who died in the comic strip while saving April Patterson from drowning when she fell into a river. Farley helps to promote awareness of the Foundation, making it possible for thousands of low-income pet owners to continue the relationship with their pets who mean the world to them.

To learn more about Lynn Johnston and For Better or For Worse®, visit the official web site for the comic strip at

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Board of Directors

Thank you to the Farley Foundation Board of Directors:

  • Dr. Matthew Richardson, President
  • Mr. Randy Valpy, Vice-President
  • Dr. Cheryl Birss
  • Dr. Gwen Jeun
  • Dr. Barbara O’Neill
  • Doug Raven
  • Dr. Sherri Rea
  • Dr. Debbie Stoewen