What is TLC?
Although our “TLC” stands
for The Last Chance Fund and “tender loving care,” because that is what we
strive to offer for animals who may not get any care at all without the fund.
The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF) established our “The Last Chance
Fund” (TLC) in 2009 to help ensure a source of funding for the care of abused or
neglected, unowned companion animals that might otherwise be euthanized or
turned over to an animal shelter that is already overburdened.
We see the TLC Fund as a true partnership between veterinary practices, their
clients, other pet owners, and the animal loving public that will result in the
emergency care and necessary treatment of animals who might not get the proper
care without this fund. Click here
to see who TLC has helped.
Veterinarians are, by nature, generous and warm-hearted individuals who care
about animals and their health and welfare. They take an oath to protect animal
health and relieve animal suffering. However, the cost of running a veterinary
practice and the associated equipment, medications, and the staff needed to care
for the animals results in limited ability to fulfill the need for free and
discounted animal care under every circumstance. That’s where the TLC Fund comes
in. PVF understands that veterinarians want to help and we want to make it more
economically feasible to do just that.
How Are We Funded?
Funding for the TLC Fund is generated primarily through generous donations from
pet owners and animal lovers. We encourage veterinarians to promote the TLC Fund
in their practices to clients; in fact, it is a prerequisite for participation
in the program. Each donation received for the TLC fund will go to the direct
care of abused, neglected, and stray companion animals.
What is the Qualifying Criteria to Participate?
A veterinary practice wishing to participate in the TLC program and therefore,
be eligible for reimbursement for services provided to stray, injured, and
unowned companion animals in need of significant medical care, must:
- Actively promote the program to its clientele through distribution of brochures
and information how to donate
- Must have at least one veterinarian on staff who
is a PVMA member
- Must complete a participation application which outlines
contact information, veterinarians on staff, and marketing plans for
distribution of materials and promotion of the Fund.
Which Animals Are Eligible?
Stray or abandoned companion animals which have been injured, abused, or
neglected and are in need of significant medical care are eligible for the
Companion animals are defined as those that are kept for enjoyment and
companionship as opposed to those used in livestock production and laboratory
If your veterinary hospital would like to become a TLC Participating Practice,
please click here.