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 emergency care.  
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Chelsea Lea Mason
Board Chair James Comer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Relationship Business & Insurance Services
Contact Information
Address 307 N Robinson Street
Richmond, VA 232204020
Telephone 757 812-8545
Fax 804 358-6984
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2016
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $17,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,000.00
Mission Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund's mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering of animals in underprivileged environments by providing funding for emergency care.  
The primary goal for Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund 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 2018 is $24,000 from public donations and grants.  We provide a maximum of $600 per emergency case, so this would enable us to help a minimum of 40 families bring their animals home safely. 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. 
Our most pressing need at this point is financial support.  We have very little overhead, as all of our board members are volunteers and we do not need a physical location at this point in time. Therefore, the majority of funds donated will go directly to life-saving treatments.  We provide a maximum of $600 per case, so our financial need is $24,000 in order to reach our goal of saving 40 lives this year.
We are also in dire need of community partners for fundraising events.  As a small organization, event rental fees can severely limit the types of fundraising events that we are able to host.  Therefore, community partners that would be willing to provide us with event spaces at no or reduced cost would be a tremendous help in our fundraising efforts. 

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 the executive director 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 in one of three ways.  All owners whose annual household income is at or below 110% of the federal poverty level will be approved. Those owners whose bill exceeds 10% of their annual household income will also be approved.  And lastly, all owners who are on a federal entitlement program and who have been denied coverage by CareCredit will be approved.  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.

CEO Statement This organization fills a need in this community that has been previously unmet.  Many people don't realize that this is even a problem until their own pet gets sick or needs a surgery that costs them thousands of dollars.  This organization does so much more than saving animals, we are saving their families too.  We save their families from the heartache of having to decide between putting food on the table and saving their animal's life.  We save parents the agony of telling their children that their beloved dog won't be coming home because they couldn't afford to save him. We save veterinarians the agony of having to euthanize patients that they know they could fix with the proper resources.  So yes, we are a nonprofit focused on animals, but we are also greatly affecting the lives of those who love and care for them.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Richmond 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 James Comer
Company Affiliation Relationship Business & Insurance Services
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Jacob Atkins Umbrella Technologies
James Comer Relationship Business & Insurance Services
Sarah Riddle Culclasure Riddle Design Co
Terri Jones Kendrick Wordplay Creative
Crystal Lowery The Hofheimer
Dr. Chelsea Lea Mason President/Founder
Keith Sanders Community Volunteer
Chris Smith Relationship Business & Insurance Services
Martha Swicegood Stwodah Mcguire Woods
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Chelsea Lea Mason
Experience Practicing veterinarian since June 2014, Founded VETFund in 2016
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 9
Contractors 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $17,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,000.00
Form 990s
Form 9902016
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