Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine reported an increased need for its Lucky Fund because of the economic climate, which, in turn, has caused the fund to rapidly deflate.
“The fund helps subsidize veterinary bills for owners whose pets have a good chance at recovery and otherwise cannot afford the care and cannot obtain credit to finance it,” said Patrick LeBlanc, DVM, director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. “With the economy, we’re finding more and more owners who need to access it, and the fund as a result is very low right now.”
Fewer people are donating, he added.
The fund is used several times a month and generally helps about 20 to 25 pet owners a year. MSU now has to be more selective in who receives assistance, Dr. LeBlanc said.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to Michigan State University. Checks should have “Lucky Fund” written on the memo line and be mailed to:
Veterinary Teaching Hospital Business Office
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824