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Hardship Emergency Loan Program for Pets. What would you do if your pet were involved in a serious accident that required extensive veterinary care?. What if you were then placed in a position in which you were forced to euthanize that beloved pet due simply to finances?.

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Hardship Emergency

Loan Program for Pets

  • What would you do if your pet were involved in a serious accident that required extensive veterinary care?

  • What if you were then placed in a position in which you were forced to euthanize that beloved pet due simply to finances?

  • This question has been all too real for some unfortunate pet owners in Clinton County.

  • Good people who would willingly repay a no-interest loan have had no place to turn prior to HELP for Pets.

HELP for PetsMission Statement:

To provide no-interest loans to pet owners who have exhausted all other financial means to allow for urgent treatment of their pets, thus alleviating unnecessary euthanasia.

  • Incorporated July 13, 2010

  • Achieved Federal income tax 501(c)(3) status April 25, 2011, thus making all contributions and memorials to our group deductible for income tax purposes.

2012 Board of Directors

  • Pam Blesh – president

  • Jackie Parucha – vice president

  • Teresa Miller – secretary

  • Jean Hessler – treasurer

  • Christina Livingston Frank

  • KrishPillai

  • Jessica Sanford

  • Bud Hessler

How does the program work?

  • The veterinarian identifies a client with an immediate need.

  • The client completes the loan application.

  • Approval is immediate. Care is initiated.

  • The veterinarian submits the bill and is paid directly from HELP for Pets.

  • The client repays HELP for Pets directly.

Criteria for Aid

  • Specific veterinary conditions exist

  • Clinton County resident

  • Demonstrate need

Covered Medical Conditions

  • Accidents/fractures/trauma

  • Pyometra/obstetrics

  • Spay/neuter

  • Endocrine emergencies

    (diabetes, Addision’s, etc.)

  • Diagnostics performed toward diagnosis

  • Treatment of congenital anomalies

Covered Medical Conditions(con’t)

  • Prescribed food for a specific medical condition (up to 2 months)

  • Cancer treatment

  • Pharmacologic treatment (up to 2 months)

  • Exploratory surgery

  • Basic disposal fees

  • * other reasonable procedures at the veterinarian’s discretion*

Specific Exclusions

  • Relief from prior financial obligations

  • Routine flea treatment, heartworm prevention

  • Vaccines

  • Elective procedures – grooming, declaw

  • Cosmetic Surgery

  • Heroics

Why is there a need for HELP for Pets?

Meet Sampson!

We were forced to amputate his leg because the owner could not afford orthopedic surgery at a referral center.

Thatwas before HELP for Pets!

Meet Skippy!

Helps Families!

How is our group funded?

Entirely through


and fundraisers!


  • January – Wine and Cheese Reception

  • Booths: Best of Clinton County, Riverfest, Clinton County Fair, Farm-City Festival, Christmas in the Barns

  • November – Halloween Dance

Christmas in the Barns

Christmas in the Barns

Halloween Gala


2012 T-shirt design

Community Presentations

  • Mill Hall Kiwanis

  • Cosmopolitan Club

  • Sugar Valley Elementary School for “Dimes on a Line” project

  • Mill Hall Elementary School

All of the “work” is done

by unpaid volunteers,

including all

administrative work.

Thanks to:

  • All of the volunteers who man booths at events


To make our mission a reality, local veterinary hospitals and emergency clinics have vowed participation.

All welcomed this program as a way to end financial euthanasia and make it a thing of the past in Clinton County.

Participating Veterinarians

  • Animal Medical Center of Nittany Valley

  • Central PA Veterinary Emergency Services

  • Dr. Larry Bason

  • Calico Creek Veterinary Clinic

  • Metzger Animal Hospital

  • Pine Creek Veterinary Associates


  • Currently at 158 individuals

  • Board of directors have included “any person that contributes $5.00 or more” as a member.

  • Benefit of membership: Being part of a group that believes in helping others to help themselves.

Membership meeting

  • Thursday, February 7th at 6:30

  • Rebecca Gross Room of the Ross Library

  • Called for the purpose of electing officers

  • All members are encouraged to attend!

Who have we helped?

  • Beginning in April of 2011, 14 Clinton County families/14 pets

  • Loans of over $10,000.00 for urgent veterinary care

  • All of this loaned money came from fundraising and loan repayment.

Goal for the future

We really have only one…

…to continue to provide no-interest loans on an unlimited basis to save Clinton County pets from financial euthanasia.

Please join us!

P.O. Box 541

Lock Haven, PA 17745

[email protected]


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