Organization pledges to raise $5K for Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on annual day of giving
Boston, MA – The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) hopes to raise $5,000 for the organization’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund this #GivingTuesday, December 3. The ARL is one of the 10,000 charities, companies, families, and individuals participating in GivingTuesday 2013 to encourage generosity and charitable activities in support of non-profit organizations.
The ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means in veterinary emergencies. According to Mary Nee, president of the ARL, more than 360 pets have received critical care that their owners could not afford without support from the Helping Hand Fund. The need continues to grow, she says.
“Unexpected veterinary care—particularly in emergency situations—can come at a cost that’s out of reach for an increasing number of families in this economy,” explains Mary Nee, president of the ARL.
After her beloved family dog Foxy accidentally got hit by a car, for example, Candace Rivera rushed her petite 4-year-old Chihuahua to the veterinarian. Her family had fallen on hard times financially and she couldn’t afford the surgery and rehabilitation Foxy needed to survive.
For the Johnsons, news about their indoor cat Fred wasn’t much better. After sneaking out of the house, Fred was somehow seriously injured. X-rays done by their local veterinarian revealed Fred had a broken jaw. Unfortunately, Mrs. Johnson had just lost her job and the family did not have the resources for the further treatment he needed.
Luckily for these families and their pets, friends directed them to the ARL and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
“The Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund was established to ensure limited economic means didn’t prevent caring owners like the Riveras and Johnsons from providing vital care for their pets in treatable medical emergencies,” says Nee.
To learn more about and give to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on GivingTuesday, visit arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013.
About the Animal Rescue League
Founded in 1899, the Animal Rescue League of Boston is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.