The reason I started the foundation…
My German Shepherd-Roti, Butterball, developed cancer over a year ago. His life expectancy, at most, was three months without doing any therapy. I decided to fight for him and get rid of this cancer.
We arrived at the vet hospital in Portland. He had surgery. While waiting in the waiting room, 1/3 of the people could not afford their bill and were denied Care Credit.
The choices they had were to pay their bill or euthanize their animal. Some started crying. Some walked out. How can anyone choose between money or their animal? One couple told me they had to take a loan out on their house for $2,000 Vet Bill.
It is so wrong that anyone has to do that. I helped one individual pay the bill. Then, I knew this was the foundation I wanted to start.
I always wanted to start a foundation to help people and animals, but I wasn’t sure which direction I want to go in. I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing. I wanted to be different.
Butterball has since developed cancer again. Not that it’s going to be easy to put him down, but at least I had the chance to spend time with him, and I can say goodbye. Not everyone has that chance.
When people asked me why I started the foundation, I wanted to give other animals and their owners a second chance at life as Butterball had.