Every year, during the holiday season, TrainACE likes to give back to the communities that we live and work in by choosing local non-profit charities to contribute to. This year we chose Companion Bridge and the Brainy Camp Association.
In today's blog Alice Peek, one of Companion Bridge's founders describes how the organization started, what it does and how your contributions can help keep struggling families and individuals, united with their animal companions.In 2013 I started a nonprofit called Companion Bridge® with my friend Gina to honor my special needs dog named Tonka and her rescue named Oliver. With Tonka’s various medical needs, I spent several nights over the course of 3 years in many hospitals and Vet ER’s.
I watched people coming through with various types of emergencies. Some were situations that the owner simply could not afford to take care of. It was heartbreaking to watch families and individuals alone struggling with very tough decisions.
Gina was the practice administrator of Tonka’s neurologist, and she was witness to the same sort of circumstances on an ongoing basis. I ask you to think about your companion pets and what would you do in an emergency situation with them. What if for some reason you suddenly could not afford to pay for your pet’s emergency treatment? Perhaps you no longer have that great job, maybe you just had some other emergency that has wiped out your savings, or maybe you are a retired elderly person on a limited income. Where would you turn for help?
Every day veterinarians and vet specialists see clients and patients that are in desperate need of medically necessary treatment but cannot afford it. Roughly 500,000 pets are euthanized each year due to lack of money to pay a medical bill. In a perfect world, this should never happen but life does throw curve-balls, and people's financial situations do change.
Companion Bridge was founded with the belief that if a pet is in a life-threatening or life-altering crisis and can be treated successfully, they should not have to be euthanized due to lack of funds. The term for euthanizing an animal solely for financial reasons is called “economic euthanasia,” and we decided that there should be another option. We created Companion Bridge to offer another choice, a “bridge” for the gap between treatment or economic euthanasia by providing support and assisting with major medical costs through donations.
With Companion Bridge owners can create a free page within the website to tell their story and ask for help. The Companion Bridge team reaches out to social networks and conducts a fundraiser on behalf of the owners to try and raise the monies that are needed. We work directly with the vets or medical equipment company to ensure all money is directed to the animal.
Since we are an all-volunteer staff, every donation dollar is maximized to help a pet in need. We operate solely on donations and do not receive any grants or sponsorships, so I am very thankful that our little nonprofit has been one of the ones chosen for this campaign by TrainACE.
Over the course of 5 years, we have helped save almost 400 animals that otherwise would have had their lives prematurely ended. With donations from this campaign, we look forward to continuing to help those in need to save their furry family members.
Through December TrainACE will be donating $50 of every enrollment made using the TAGIVESBACK18 promotion code to Companion Bridge and Brainy Camps. As an added incentive, you will also receive a 15% discount on any enrollment you make using the promo code.