Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund
307 N Robinson Street
Richmond VA 23220-4020
Mission Statement Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund's mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering of animals in underprivileged environments by providing funding for urgent care.
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Chelsea Lea Mason
Board Chair Dr. Chelsea Lea Mason
Board Chair Company Affiliation President/Founder
Contact Information
Address 307 N Robinson Street
Richmond, VA 232204020
Telephone 757 812-8545
Fax 804 358-6984
E-mail vetfundinc@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2016
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $12,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,900.00
Statements
Mission Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund's mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering of animals in underprivileged environments by providing funding for urgent care.
 
Impact
The primary goal for Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund's first year of activity is to save the life of at least one animal per month. Founder, Dr. Chelsea Mason, created this organization in light of her experiences as a veterinarian in Richmond, Virginia.  She found that the most difficult part of her job was the daily challenge of caring for animals whose owners could not afford proper treatment.  On an almost weekly basis, young and otherwise healthy animals would die or be euthanized for perfectly treatable conditions, simply because the owners did not have the necessary funds.  The primary goal of VETFund is to prevent as many of these senseless deaths as possible, and to return these animals safely to their families.
 
The fundraising goal for our first year is at least $12,000 from public donations and grants.  A typical emergency treatment bill runs from $800-$1,200, so reaching this fundraising goal would allow us to save at least 12 animals for the year of 2016. The hope is that the animals we save will help us to raise community awareness of this devastating problem, and that each year we will gain more support and save more lives. 
Needs Our most pressing need at this point is financial support.  We have managed to keep our overhead very low, so the majority of funds donated will go directly to life-saving treatments.  The average cost for hospitalization and treatment of an ill or injured animal is $1,000.  So for every $1,000 we raise, we have the ability to save another life and prevent another family from a devastating loss.
Background

In 2011, 56% of all households in America owned at least one pet, and decades of research studies have shown a positive impact of pet ownership on both the mental and physical health of owners. However, between the years of 2006-2011, the cost of veterinary care in America rose 14.3 percent, making it increasingly difficult for underprivileged pet owners to provide their animals with quality veterinary care.

While we have now adopted a universal healthcare system to ensure that people have access to proper medical care, with pets it will be up to charities to expand care. For low income owners, beloved pets will end up dying or being euthanized for conditions that could have been successfully treated if the proper funds were available. The purpose of Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund (aka VET Fund) is to provide financial support for treatment of animals in these situations.

VET Fund will focus both its fundraising and treatment efforts on the Central Virginia area. Local pet owners and veterinarians will have the ability to contact us through phone or email to request assistance. Requests for assistance will be granted by a vote of the board of directors based on demonstrated financial need and the animal’s long-term prognosis.

As a screening mechanism to ensure that only low income pet owners receive grants, financial need will be determined by requiring all owners to apply for CareCredit, a healthcare financing credit card. Only owners who are denied full coverage by CareCredit are eligible for assistance. VET Fund will require owners to pay at least $100 toward the treatment of their animal. If an owner cannot or will not agree to pay $100 toward treatment, the owner will have the option of surrendering the animal to a rescue organization, at which time VET Fund will pay the entirety of the medical bill. All payments will be made directly to the veterinary hospital providing the service.

The long-term prognosis of the animal is also a factor on which the board will base its decision to provide assistance. The ideal candidate is an animal with a treatable injury or illness that has little to no effect on its longevity. Animals with terminal illnesses or conditions with a prognosis of less than one year will not be considered for assistance.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Amelia County
Ashland
Chester
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Ettrick
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Matoaka
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Richmond County
Sussex County
Charles City County
King and Queen County
New Kent County
The primary focus of this organization is currently the Central Virginia area. Primarily Richmond and surrounding areas.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Chelsea Lea Mason
Company Affiliation President/Founder
Term Mar 2016 to Mar 2018
Email dr.mason@vet-fund.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Chelsea Lea Mason President/Founder
Dr. Jeffrey Taylor Secretary
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Governance
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Chelsea Lea Mason
Experience Practicing veterinarian since June 2014
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Programs
Description
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $12,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,900.00
Form 990s
Audit Documents
Budget2016
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 4/2016View