The effort is part of AVMF's Animal Disaster Relief and Response Fund. It will offer aid to 90 veterinary clinics and five shelters in the Gulf region by providing US$145,000 in funding and petfood products between AVMF, Hill's Pet Nutrition and Merial's Paws to Save Petsprogram. The donations will go toward reimbursing veterinary clinics that provided free services and goods to their clients whose livelihoods were impacted by the Gulf Coast oil spill.
"Pet-related issues in the Gulf continue to escalate, which is why we called upon our partners to come together to provide relief," said Michael Cathey, executive director of AVMF. "Our hope is to ease the pet care challenges families and shelters in the Gulf are facing by providing funding and resources for food and medical care."
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