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Vet Cost Help: Resources and Assistance to Help Your Loved One

by Mellissa Rempfer on November 15, 2019 No comments

Solutions to unexpected and/or high vet bills.

Sometimes supporting the human potential also involves supporting the loved ones (furry/feathery/scaly) animals in our lives.

Having three children who all say woof (and two being treated for rare medical conditions at UC Davis), having the ability to take a breath when the emotions are high when a loved one gets sick is extremely important to not only the pets well-being, but also yourself. 

When our little Zoë was taken to the UC Davis ER after her vet couldn’t treat her with the sudden onset of seizures; Tye and I looked at her each other, our wallet, and the receptionist who needed a deposit for care (after we just paid a few grand to get her from one hospital to this one). This was our kid, and well… this was our kid, we were going to give her the best fighting chance. 

(Note- Zoë, pictured above, pulled through and ended up being an extreme rare of diseases. She currently is living a full live with her siblings enjoying extra treats with prednisone and lots of meandering walks in the forest with her favorite ball. Both of her neurologists are extremely pleased with her continual recovery.)

Below is a list of resources gathered from different people/organizations of financial resources for animal care. I will make an effort to keep this updated, and I invite you to share with me anything else that could be included. 

Also, don’t hesitate to sign up for a Care Card or ask the facility if they can work with you. We discovered UC Davis pays for the interest for 18 months when you use a Care Card, as well as a setting up a payment plan.

Please share with others if they are in need of these resources.

 Here’s to the health and happiness to your animals who make your heart melt.

Hugs

Mellissa

The Magic Bullet Fund

For critical care, cancer treatment, and spay/neuter. Must complete pre-application before treatment.

The Brown Dog Foundation

Not for emergency treatment. Applicants must apply for assistance before pet is treated. A case manager is assigned and will communicate directly with the veterinarian.

The Onyx and Breezy Foundation

A home for rescue animals. Provides spay/neuter programs, rescue of animals from kill shelters, puppy mill rescues, disaster relief, help for individuals with medical hardship, equipment for medical facilities, cancer research, equipment for military and police canines, etc. Apply through veterinarian or online. Approved grants valid for 90 days only.

Care Credit

Covers routine and emergency care procedures and surgeries. Application can be made in person at a participating healthcare provider or by phone if applicant is 21 or older.

HandicappedPets.com

Dedicated to the health and well-being of elderly, disabled, and injured dogs. They donate wheelchairs to pets in need to help them move and get the exercise they need. Dogs who need assistance with mobility.

Land of Pure Gold Foundation

Cancer treatment grants for dogs that were active, full-time working dogs at the time of cancer diagnosis. Dogs over 10 are exempt. Applicant must be able to prove their dog was professionally trained and certified.

Canine Cancer Awareness

Temporarily halted new applications 1/1/2019. Must revisit site.

K9 Carts

Accepts donated carts and provides rescues and shelters with donated carts.

IAADP Veterinary Care Partnership Program

Provides funds for emergency medical care to help IAADP partner members when their partnership is threatened by the need for high cost veterinary care beyond their ability to pay.

Bergin College of Canine Studies

Mission is to advance human-canine partnership through research and education. Offers Master's, Bachelor's, and Associate's degrees in Dog Studies.

Assistance Dog United Campaign

Helps people with disabilities find funding to purchase service dogs. Applications must be requested only in the months of April and May.

Top Dog Foundation

Mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and provide loving and permanent homes for dogs deemed unadoptable because of health or age and would otherwise be euthanized. Located in New Germany, Minnesota. Dogs selected by age and health status.

Guide and Service Dogs for Veterans

VA pays for veterinary care and equipment required for the optimal use of the dog. Includes office visits for medical and dental procedures. Does not include OTC medications, foods, treats, or non-sedated dental care. Prescribed food reviewed on case-by-case basis. Vaccinations must be current. Dog must have been provided through an accredited agency.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance

Provides emergency financial assistance to owners unable to afford veterinary care for their cat diagnosed with Vaccine Assisted Sarcoma (VAS), also known as Injection Site Sarcoma (ISS). Emergencies ONLY for cats with VAS.

Diabetic Cats in Need

For cat owners whose pet is in the middle of an emergency and needs financial help. Diabetic cats, emergency only.

Paws4ACure

Provides financial assistance to those who cannot afford veterinary care. Does not pay for diagnostics or for treatment in advance of approval. Grants paid valid for 60 days only.

The Pet Fund

Pet owner must contact Pet fund before applying - applications otherwise will not be processed. Doesn't fund emergencies. Works ONLY on non-basic, non-urgent care.

The Shakespeare Animal Fund

Helps elderly, disabled, and those whose income does not exceed current poverty guidelines to obtain emergency pet care. Does not pay for routine treatment, vaccinations, or spay/neuter. Emergencies only.

Rose’s Fund for Animals

Provides assistance with life-threatening conditions under the following guidelines: 1) must have a life threatening condition; 2) must require immediate veterinary intervention for the pet to survive; 3) veterinarian's prognosis should indicate a positive outcome. The following aren't covered: routine medical care, vaccinations, spay/neuter, maintenance medications, care for pets with poor prognosis, and preventable diseases caused by a lack of vaccinations or veterinary care (exceptions made for rescued animals already afflicted.)

Handicapped Pets Foundation

Provides new or reconditioned wheelchairs to pets in need. Dedicated to helping disabled pets move, enabling them to get the exercise they need

TogetherRxACCESS

Individuals and families without prescription drug coverage can gain access to immediate savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic prescription products at their neighborhood pharmacies.

Pets of the Homeless

Supports homeless pet owners with programs that provide free pet food, free emergency care, sponsor wellness clinics, and sleeping crates to homeless shelters.

Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation

Assists owners of pets unable to pay for cancer treatment.

Pet Assistance, Inc.

Veterinary care subsidies for urgent or life-threatening emergencies only. Longtime pet owners only, not new or recently acquired pets. Does not finance procedures already performed. Routine care, costly diagnostics (MRIs, CT scans, etc.) or ongoing illnesses are not funded.

Red Rover

Must apply through the RedRover website. Typical grant is approximately $200, which is intended to fill a small gap in finances that is keeping the pet from care. Applications submitted in advance must include a diagnosis and treatment plan. Animals must be spayed/neutered already or during the course of treatment. Previously performed treatment will not be funded.

The Riedel & Cody Fund

For dogs and cats with cancer. Only chemotherapy and radiation treatments are funded. Surgery expenses are not funded. Cancer diagnosis must be from a board certified veterinary oncologist. Only future bills are funded and will be paid directly to the Veterinarian, Clinic, or Hospital providing the services.

Ian Somerhalder Foundation

Provides financial assistance to organizations, agencies, and in some cases individual rescuers responsible for the care of animals recovering from abuse, neglect, or injuries suffered from a traumatic event.

Varidi

On-line payment program allowing veterinarians to offer flexible and affordable in-house payment plans. Your veterinarian must enroll to participate.

Scratch Pay

Offers simple and affordable payment plans for large vet bills.

The Letters Foundation

Provides one-time grants to individuals as they work to stabilize their lives.

The Humane Society of the United States

Resource listing pet assistance organizations in each state, including spay and neuter and basic care resources.

Banfield Foundation

Resource list for pet owners seeking assistance with vet costs and basic care.

Speaking for Spot

An extensive list of resources and organizations, both national and regionally-specific, that can help pet owners in emergency situations as well as chronic health problems requiring ongoing treatment. Also included are resources for pet food, pet owners with disabilities, and seniors.

CorgiAid, Inc.

Provides financial assistance to help those who rescue dogs (Corgi and Corgi Mixes only) from shelters and other non-permanent homes, then foster them until new home is found.

Doberman911.org

Provides funds for rescue groups, info and/or moral support for owners of a dog with a serious injury or illness. Aids in rehoming and fostering senior Dobermans.

The Goldstock Fund

Provides funds to rescue organizations or individuals to pay for transportation, boarding, evaluations, and medical costs for dogs taken into rescue.

Labmed.org

Emergency treatment only and must be in a rescue situation. Routine treatment not covered. Dog is non-aggressive, not terminally ill, and adoptable. No funds will be released without specific assurances that the dog will be spayed/neutered. Labrador and Labrador mixes only.

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Being a Sword of Valor

by Mellissa Rempfer on February 21, 2019 No comments

Being a Sword of Valor

"In the darkest hour, when we are faced with our deepest most wrenching fears, that's when we are given the greatest strength. The choice is whether we succumb to the fear or rise with courage to face our truth and shine our brilliance as our sword of valor."
-Monika Zands

As business owners, entreneurpers, and especially humans; we all at some point encounter a time of fear. 

We each respond to fear in ways that are specific to each of our coping mechanisms. Some people push forward. Some people withdraw. Some go into action mode and set aside how they feel to deal with what they are facing. Some people will turn to the positive. Others find comfort diving into the deepness. And still others will do everything they can to avoid it.

No matter what the fear is, I invite you to take just one more breath. Be with whatever is arising or you're facing. 

Inhale..... exhale....

That simple act of taking one more breath will give you additional wiggle room in your capacity with whatever fear is confronting you. 

No matter what the fear is, I invite you to take just one more breath. Be with whatever is arising or you're facing. Inhale..... exhale....

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You are brave, strong, and loved. Thank you for being a light in this world.

Mellissa Rempfer, MA.ed AET

Mellissa Rempfer works to unite the Passion, Mission, Profession, and Vocation of the heart-centered entrepreneur.  Giving Excellence, is a coaching, training, and group facilitation services company dedicated to bringing connection, compassion, and awakening truth to the heart and soul of business. And she does all of this while travelling North America with her three-dog family, giving talks, and finding inspiration from people, places, and experiences that touch her heart.

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The Ugly Truth Behind Do You Know Enough

by Mellissa Rempfer on September 26, 2018 No comments

The Ugly Truth Behind Do You Know Enough?

Do you find yourself stuck with having to learn or know more before you can do things for your business?

If you find yourself frequently studying, thinking, or asking others for their opinion/insights/ or how to's  before just doing it, then you may be stuck consciously or unconsciously with the need to know more before you can take action.

You are not alone. "How to..." searchings are the most common searches on google and youtube. I do it myself. However, I invite you to take a moment and check in with yourself, when is the point of you know enough for you just to do it?

Part of growing a skill is being in the act of just doing it. People who you look up to who do things so effortlessly like videos, speaking, webinars, asking for money/investment, blogging, you name it... they had to be with their fear, and then work through it and just do it.

Today I invite you to take a breath with the hesitation arising you may have. Say the affirmation, "I now release that I always need to know more before I do anything". Say it out loud. Say it and feel the hesitation and fears in your heart, body, and mind, and honor those fears by stating them, but also inviting yourself to be bigger than those. Say the affirmation again, and own the words, "I release that I always need to know more before I do anything".

Now be in action. I would love to hear what happens.

Here's to you and your business's brilliance and excellence.
-Mellissa Rempfer

If you found this article interesting, check out "Should verses Could". 

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Mellissa Rempfer, MA.ed AET

Mellissa Rempfer works to unite the Passion, Mission, Profession, and Vocation of the heart-centered entrepreneur.  Giving Excellence, is a coaching, training, and group facilitation services company dedicated to bringing connection, compassion, and awakening truth to the heart and soul of business. And she does all of this while travelling North America with her three-dog family, giving talks, and finding inspiration from people, places, and experiences that touch her heart.

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From disaster to inspiration- life saving bracelets of empowerment

by Mellissa Rempfer on August 18, 2018 No comments

Some stories touch our hearts at a core level, and today's A Bit of Good News is one of those.  Hanging on the life jackets as their lives depended upon them, now that same material of the preservers are bringing new meaning.

Check out this article inside Business Insider about the countless refugees that have been saved at sea by their life jackets, and now a Minnesota startup is selling them as bracelets to spread messages of hope.

https://www.businessinsider.com/embracelets-made-from-refugee-life-jackets-epimonia-2018-8?utm

Mellissa Rempfer, MA.ed AET

Mellissa Rempfer works to unite the Passion, Mission, Profession, and Vocation of the heart-centered entrepreneur.  Giving Excellence, is a coaching, training, and group facilitation services company dedicated to bringing connection, compassion, and awakening truth to the heart and soul of business. And she does all of this while travelling North America with her three-dog family, giving talks, and finding inspiration from people, places, and experiences that touch her heart.


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A Bit of Good News: Day 4

by Mellissa Rempfer on June 4, 2018 No comments

A Bit of Good News:  'A little bit goes a long way'. A teacher who was sleeping on the floor at the school get a surprise from his students .Bruno Rafael Paiva, a teacher who was filling in for another teacher during maternity leave, finds himself learning a life lesson of compassion from his students. #ABitOfGoodNews

-Mellissa Rempfer

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A Bit of Good News: Day 2

by Mellissa Rempfer on May 31, 2018 No comments

A Bit of Good News: A Brief Moment to Renew Your Faith in Humanity. Join Mellissa Rempfer as she shares about the comic Lunarbaboon and how the artist Christopher Grady is an ordinary may doing something extra-ordinary! #ABitOfGoodNews

Find more of Christopher's work on www.Lunarbaboon.com. !

-Mellissa Rempfer, Founder of Giving Excellence

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A Bit of Good News- Day 3

by Mellissa Rempfer on May 30, 2018 No comments

Day 3- A Special touch from a Vet

A Bit of Good News: A Brief Moment to Renew Your Faith in Humanity. Join Mellissa Rempfer as she shares about Elvis and a vet visit that touched a Grandma's heart. #ABitOfGoodNews

Feel free to comment and share any stories or moments that you would like to see highlighted in A Bit of Good News.

Cheers

-Mellissa Rempfer

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“Should” verses “Could” and how you may be self-sabotaging your productivity, income, and joy

by Mellissa Rempfer on April 20, 2018 No comments

"Should" verses "Could" and how you may be self-sabotaging your productivity, income, and joy. Come discover a simple way to understand how your fears are influencing your ability to be in the flow of abundance financially in your life and business. Learn from Mellissa Rempfer, founder of Giving Excellence and discover how you may be self-sabotaging your productivity, income, and joy. 

Should vs Could Exercise

Grab someone to take notes with for tracking for the next 4 days. Make two columns, one for the "should's" and one for the "could's". Every time you notice that you say or think that something that needs to be done falls into the 'should' category make a tally mark. Same process for the 'could' category. Notice after a few days what is your default- should or could when it comes to how you operate. This is the subconscious operating system running your show of how you show up. Continue to be curious about how and what patterns are showing up with these words. 

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Mellissa Rempfer works to unite the Passion, Mission, Profession, and Vocation of the heart-centered entrepreneur.  Giving Excellence, is a coaching, training, and group facilitation services company dedicated to bringing connection, compassion, and awakening truth to the heart and soul of business. And she does all of this while travelling North America with her three-dog family, giving talks and finding inspiration from people, places, and experiences that touch her heart.

Mellissa Rempfer, MA.ed AET

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Waking up and inviting others

by Mellissa Rempfer on February 22, 2018 No comments

I will never forget sitting in Burlingame, CA for a training I thought was going to make me a better coach. “I have a little secret I want to share with you” said Russ Hudson, founder of the Enneagram Institute and now my mentor.

Who doesn’t want to know to be in on the secrets, especially those secrets that reveal deeper truth like the Wizard of Oz is a mere human.

“We have been asleep. We engage in life in an autopilot state and have no idea how we are just a man in a machine.”

I saw there listening to Russ. I engaged in the presencing grounding exercises. I noticed my uncomfortableness with all of this, after all, I was here to be a better coach, to build my business, and charge more money. (Hey, I promised I would be truthful and authentic with all of these blogs :-)).

I am not asleep, I know exactly what I am doing.

So I thought. And by “thinking” I was demonstrating exactly one of the many ways I truly was asleep.

I was asleep to having the wrong center of intelligence do the wrong job.

Imagine these three centers: head, heart, and gut/body/instinctive. Now imagine that the role of the heart center was being done by the head center, or the body center is check out so all the insinctive decisions are done by the heart which is being reactionary.

An easy explanation I heard was the farmer was doing the cook’s job, the cook’s job is doing the stable job, and the the stable person is out working the field. Talk about confusion, not being in alignment, and all kinds of mishaps and challenges.

This is what is happening when we are asleep. We are not being in connection with these centers of intelligences, and we are not aware of how we are on autopilot engaging in both life and in business.

Yet, I was’t asleep (so my ego is telling me). I am this great coach doing ____, ____, and ____. 🙂

To demonstrate the extent how we are asleep, Russ invited us to be aware of when we were listening to other peers give their introductions and just notice when we check out (you know those moments when you were listening, then… time warp/distraction/Charlie Brown’s teacher wha wha wha moment).

Yes, guilty, I checked out, yet, I wasn’t asleep. I am a coach who does transformation work. (HEH!)

Day two of the training, I am walking up to the meeting hall. Russ our teacher is standing by a car and greets me. I was in my own mental world thinking of who knows what on my to do list.

Lovingly caught in the act of being asleep. I then realized I was on autopilot, engaging in thoughts, reactions, and behaviors as I was walking up to the class.

Let’s just say there is a lot of awakening truth in the movie The Matrix.

I am committed to Connection, Compassion, and Awakening Truth. Connection to Presence and how everything unfolds and reveals. Compassion on our souls and our business’s through the growth process. Awakening Truth in all that we have been asleep to and what our brilliance is here to embody.

I would love to here your thoughts below. Share a way you have caught yourself on autopilot (could be driving a car, doing dishes, cooking, you name it).

Till next time!

-Mellissa Rempfer

 

 

 

 

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