Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation Rebrands to Become Animal Care PA
By: Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation
"The name Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation is most often perceived by non-veterinarians as an organization that somehow provides support to veterinarians and not to animals in need and or pet owners with limited resources," according to PVF Board Chair, Malcolm A. Kram, DVM, CVA. "Nothing is further from the truth. The Foundation began as an organization funded by Pennsylvania veterinarians to provide scholarships to veterinary school," states Kram "Fast forward to today. We still provide scholarships. In 2019 alone, we awarded over $16,000 in scholarship funds. However, our programs have expanded to support animals in need as well as the animal companions of senior citizens with limited resources."
So, what is Animal Care PA? "Its mission will remain the same," added Executive Director Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM "to help caring people help animals by bridging the gap through animal welfare initiatives like The Last Chance (TLC) program and Henry's Helping Paws program, as well as funding Veterinary Student Scholarships."
Animal Care PA's FEED program called Henry's Helping Paws, provides food to pets of senior citizens, with the goal of keeping pets and their owners together. This pilot program began, and is currently being offered, in Chester County with hopes to expand throughout the Commonwealth.
The AID plan, The Last Chance (TLC) program, provides tender loving care grants to companion animals in need when their owners have limited financial means to pay for their care.
Finally, the EDUCATE program helps to decrease the financial burden that plagues veterinary students by offering scholarships to Pennsylvania students who are attending accredited veterinary schools.
Jaime Markle, Director of Communication & Marketing, developed the new look and created the logo: "The new branding builds off its founding design by keeping the silhouetted animals, however, it takes it a step further by placing those animals inside a stylized, heart-shaped stethoscope."
Animal Care PA will continue to host a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, so mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
· June 30, 2019: Ales for Tails at Southern Tier Brewing Company in Pittsburgh
· August 16-17, 2019: Silent Auction at the Keystone Veterinary Conference in Hershey
· October 27, 2019: Bark in the Park 5K and 1-Mile Dog Walk at Harrisburg's City Island (https://barkinthepark5k.org/
Proceeds from these events provide funding for these essential programs. Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of animals and veterinary students. Visit AnimalCarePA.org to donate and learn more about Animal Care PA.
About Animal Care PA
Animal Care PA, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation, is an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. Our core programs help feed, aid, and educate people, pets, and veterinarians of the Commonwealth. To donate to our causes, or for more information, please visit AnimalCarePA.org (https://www.pavetfoundation.org/
Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association
Director of Marketing & Communications