Plymouth Pet Hospital Raises Money for Emergencies
A Plymouth-based non profit is raising money to help people pay for emergency veterinary bills.
Vet Partners Cares is holding its Putts for Paws fundraiser on Sept. 7 at Rush Creek in Maple Grove.
Starting at 8 a.m., the event includes a day of golf, food and silent auctions. The fundraiser benefits pets and their owners across the Twin Cities.
A Need for Emergency Veterinary Care
“Since COVID we’ve had an influx of new clients and urgent cases,” said Dr. Angela Woodward, veterinarian and owner at Vet Partners in Plymouth.
She sees pets back-to-back every day.
“My drive as a veterinarian is to sort of foster that human [and] animal bond,” Woodward said.
The heart of her operation is emergency care. She said since founding her business in 2015, the need for emergency care aid became even more clear than it was in the past.
“Some owners truly can’t afford emergent care [or] unexpected events that happen,” Woodward said.
Veterinarian offices are different from doctors’ offices. Most people have to pay out-of-pocket for care, even when situations are dire.
That led Woodward to found Vet Partners Cares in 2018.
“Everybody deserves to have a pet they can care for,” Woodward said.
Vet Partners Cares provides money for pet owners that cannot afford their animal’s medical care.
Ryan Raines, who works at Vet Partners and serves on the nonprofit’s board, sees those results firsthand.
“To not have to lose sleep over whether to feed yourself or to fix your dog’s broken leg, I think that’s really at its core an amazing part of all of this,” Raines said.
How You Can Help
The money comes from the community, in fundraising events like Putts for Paws. Those funds go back to the community and those who need it most.
Woodward said she is grateful to help those in need.
“Gratitude, and just a sense of relief,” Woodward said. “They don’t have to worry about their pet being in pain and not treated, and they don’t have to worry about not being able to take their pet home.”
Registration is required to golf. For a single golfer, tickets start at $225.
People can sign up to golf or sponsor the event on Vet Partners Cares’ website.