The Details Are In The Numbers

Yearly number of small animal cases of pet essential treatment requiring financial aid in Alberta*

$53 Million
Estimated yearly cost to treat all pet essential treatment cases requiring financial aid in Alberta*

Survey of Alberta veterinary industry representatives* indicate perceived animal outcomes when clients require financial aid:
35% are euthanized
40% involve co-pay or pro-bono treatment by veterinarians
12% receive no treatment
13% surrendered
(study did not include number of pets abandoned as a result of financial hardship)

Cost to the public to shelter or euthanize surrendered pets
Cost to the public to pick up and care for abandoned pets
Cost to public in pursuing “medical neglect” charges

* Capstone Project, Winter 2013 “Financial Assistance for Pet Essential Treatment: An assessment of Provincial Need and Industry Perception”  Cammille Hunt, Sarah Molund, Kristina Oxtoby & Lindsay Yeomans, University of Alberta AN SC 479/499

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