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 9,000 pets, including:
- 4,820 Dogs
- 3,273 Cats
- 34 Birds
- 26 Rabbits
- 9 Ferrets
- 8 Rats
- 8 Guinea Pigs
- 5 Chinchillas
- 3 Hamsters
- 2 Bearded Dragons
- 1 Turtle
- 1 Horse
- 1 Snake
Pet owners who need it most
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).
Women at risk of abuse who are entering a registered Ontario women’s shelter and who are participating in OVMA’s SafePet Program.
Individuals receiving assistance through the Ontario Works Program.
Supportive housing for seniors, retirement homes or long-term care facilities with live-in pets.