Hospital Profiles

Clinic hosts Pet Trust Month: Raising awareness and funds

A longtime Pet Trust supporter is finding new ways to help pets live longer, healthier lives. A Pet Trust supporter for over 25 years, the Wellington Animal Hospital in Woodstock is dedicated to serving clients and their pets as well as caring for sick and injured shelter animals in the area.

“When we make a donation to Pet Trust, we’re not only helping our clients but other pets and their families by supporting research that will save lives and improve the quality of life for pets everywhere,” says Dr. Donna Flanagan, co-owner of the practice along with Dr. Elizabeth Dennis.

“Making a donation in memory of a pet is a simple, meaningful way for us to show our clients that we appreciate them and acknowledge their loss. It’s also a nice way to give back to our alma mater by supporting learning and veterinary health-care research at OVC.”

To help build awareness among clients and their own staff, Flanagan and Dennis hosted Pet Trust Month at the clinic in April.

“We’ve been supporters for years but we’ve found that many of our clients and even our team members don’t really know what Pet Trust is all about,” says Tanya Butson-Steele, an RVT and Wellington Animal Hospital’s practice manager.

The team met with Chris Beckett, Pet Trust’s then veterinary relationship manager, and developed the idea of hosting a Pet Trust Month at the clinic as a pilot project that could be duplicated at other clinics throughout the year. Beckett provided the display and promotional materials. Clients are encouraged to ask clinic staff about Pet Trust and given an opportunity to make a donation.

“Many people only learn about Pet Trust when they’re notified of a memorial gift after their pet has died,” says Beckett. “Having participating clinics host Pet Trust Month is one way to raise awareness and have an upbeat, positive discussion that isn’t associated with the loss of a pet.”

For information contact Bailey Kagan, Outreach Coordinator, OVC Pet Trust at bkagan@uoguelph.ca extension 58214.