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 for him. I decided to fight for him and get rid of this cancer.
We arrived at the vet hospital in Portland and he had the surgery. While I was waiting in the waiting room 1/3 of the people could not afford their vet bill and they were denied care credit. The choices they had were to pay their vet bill or euthanize their animal some of them started crying and some of them 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. This is so wrong that no one has to do that. I helped one individual pay the bill and then I knew this is 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 have had the chance to spend time with him and I am able to say goodbye. Not everyone has that chance.
When people ask me why I start the foundation it was because I wanted to give other animals, and their owners, a second chance at life just like Butterball did.