by Lee Juslin
Scotties Rock is a 501c3 charity with an international reach whose mission is to provide financial support to Scottie people who meet certain guidelines and are unable to pay their Scottie’s vet bills for sickness or injury. The foundation is dedicated to full transparency and protecting the privacy of applicants.
Incorporated August 16, 2016, Scotties Rock Foundation has helped fifty-nine Scotties for a total of $40,896.98. The average support payment is $693.17. Although Scotties Rock is dedicated to helping Scotties, they occasionally provide support for Scottie mixes.
Anyone who needs financial help for a sick Scottie needs to complete an application, include documentation about the illness, and submit a vet bill. Although the foundation seldom turns down deserving cases, they do have guidelines, and because their funds are limited, they require applicants to exhaust other sources like pet insurance, Care Credit, Go Fund Me, and programs that may be offered by their vets. The limit for financial help by one owner in a twelve-month period is $1,000, and funds are paid directly to the vet’s office.Recently, the foundation helped a Wheaten Scottie named Charlie who had a very serious intestinal blockage, and with vet bills mounting, his owner simply did not have the financial resources to pay. With help from Scotties Rock, the vet was able to treat Charlie without surgery, and the blockage was relieved. The volunteers in Scotties Rock and Charlie’s owner feel that Charlie would not have survived had the foundation not stepped in.
The foundation does not usually pay for spay or neutering. One applicant with a rescue Scottie looking for that kind of help was referred back to the rescue group. However, in emergency situations, Scotties Rock can act quickly. Recently, a Scottie was hit by a car. Since it was after hours, the owner reached out to Scotties Rock for help with the higher emergency vet costs. She was told immediately to take her Scottie to the ER, and the foundation would help. The injury turned out to be a broken leg which was treated, and the Scottie made a full recovery.
For the Scottie owners who are helped through Scotties Rock Foundation, they are expected to pay it forward when they are on more solid financial ground. Beginning with just $850.00, the foundation has grown to 2,630 members in their fund raising arm and over five thousand Facebook followers.
Scotties Rock raises funds through appeals for donations and Facebook auctions. They will be holding an auction on March 29 and are looking for donations of items to include.
You can learn more about Scotties Rock or make a much needed donation to this important and worthy organization by visiting their Facebook page or their website. Donations are tax deductible.
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