The Westin Harbour Castle hotel in Toronto was filled with excitement at the end of January, as the Farley Foundation hosted its annual reception. It was a night filled with camaraderie, appreciation and a reflection on the achievements of 2023.

Last year was a groundbreaking for the foundation. It kicked off with a strategic overview, setting the stage for our vision, mission and strategic initiatives for the next three years. The ambitious goals we hope to accomplish include doubling disbursement funding and providing proactive support to communities in need. This will showcase our commitment to expanding the Farley Foundation’s impact by helping more people and pets across Ontario.

Farley Foundation board members

Farley Foundation board members and staff.

Breaking records

The real measure of success for the foundation lies in the lives it touches. In 2023, a record 1,567 pets received assistance, marking a significant increase from the previous year. The pets we helped included dogs, cats, pocket pets, birds and reptiles. This achievement puts the foundation halfway toward its goal of doubling its impact in just one year.

In September, the 2023 Summit Veterinary Ride for Farley raised $42,000 and the following month, Fundraise for Farley Month rallied the support of 275 veterinary clinics to raise an astounding $230,000. Mississippi Veterinary Services emerged as the 2023 Fundraise for Farley Month winner, raising more than $16,000 for the third consecutive year.

Special recognition and awards

The evening wasn’t just about numbers and achievements; it was also a time to acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond. Andrea Davis McNeil and Dr. Mike McNeil of Keswick Veterinary Clinic and Dalton Road Animal Hospital, along with their children, have participated in fundraising for the Farley Foundation for many years, raising more than $14,000 over the past decade. We were excited to present the McNeil family with the Dr. Jim Hysen Friend of Farley Award for their exceptional support.

We also extended heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors, with a special mention to OVMA Pet Health Insurance – Petline, and BrokerLink. Petline’s support, including a donation of over $110,000 in 2023, and BrokerLink’s campaign that raised $9,125, shows the indispensable role of sponsors in the foundation’s success.

Brokerlink cheque presentationFarley Foundation board members

Looking ahead

We express our appreciation to the Farley Foundation reception sponsors Petline and Fear Free, as well as a special shoutout to Nina Bauer, special events coordinator, for orchestrating a fabulous evening.

We are committed to our mission of helping pets and people in need, and with the unwavering support of our community and friends, the journey ahead looks promising.

Here’s to a successful 2024 and beyond!