Sharing our lives with an animal helps us treat stress, depression, high blood pressure, and increases social interaction and physical activity. The simple act of petting an animal has been shown to lower your heart rate and increase a sense of well-being.
Looking after our pets also contributes to our sense of purpose. For many who are elderly or have a disability, or who are suffering from temporary financial hardship, this is critical to their well-being.
Since opening its doors in 2002, the Farley Foundation has assisted more than 10,500 pets, including:
14 Guinea Pigs
2 Bearded Dragons
1 Chinese Water Dragon
1 Savannah Monitor
A few months ago, the Farley Foundation kindly helped me and my service dog, Tundra, who had developed a urinary tract infection. I have always been self-reliant, but since becoming permanently disabled, I now live on disability pensions and require Tundra’s services 24 hours a day. Tundra’s health is crucial to my own well-being, which is why her illness came as a shock, and paying for her unexpected medical treatment became a huge burden. I was so relieved the day I found out the Farley Foundation was going to help Tundra and me – it makes me teary every time I think about it! I will forever be thankful for the support we received from the Farley Foundation.
Who we help
The Farley Foundation assists those who are struggling financially to pay for veterinary care for their pets. Pet owners who cannot afford medical care for their sick or injured pet, and who fall into one of the categories below, are encouraged to talk to their veterinarian about the availability of Farley Foundation funding:
Seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
Disabled individuals receiving the Ontario Disability Support Payment (ODSP) or the Canada Pension Plan Disability Payment (CPP Disability).
Individuals receiving assistance through the Ontario Works Program.
Persons with an annual income of less than $25,000.
Persons receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), if they are the household’s sole income earner.
Supportive housing for seniors, retirement homes or long-term care facilities with live-in pets.
Women at risk of abuse who are entering a registered Ontario women’s shelter and who are participating in OVMA’s SafePet Program.