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Mission Statement

On January 1, 2008, Moose, a seven-year old male Rottweiler mix, rescued at 6 months, was euthanized at the Texas A & M Small Animal Clinic in College Station, Texas. 

Moose was in cardiac crisis on Saturday evening, December 29th, and rushed to a local veterinary emergency care center.  He was evaluated after a series of tests and procedures and stabilized.  After determining that cardiac specialty care was unavailable on Monday, December 31st, the emergency care veterinarians referred us to the Small Animal Clinic at Texas A & M. University.

Moose was diagnosed with cancer.  The blood vessels around his heart were severely damaged from the cancer.  The most optimistic prognosis was that Moose might live three months.  Worse case scenario was that Moose would suffer an unpredictable and painful death from complications of the cancer.  To arrive at this diagnosis and monitor Moose's response to emergency treatment was expensive.

Friends of Moose was formed in response to the death of Moose.  As I sat in the waiting room at the Texas A & M Small Animal Clinic in College Station, Texas, on New Year's eve, I watched the faces of other pet owners, who anxiously awaited the results of tests or an update on the condition of a puppy or an old grizzled Boxer.  I listened to the constant assurance of the veterinarians, students and staff that they were there to help.  I knew that "help" would look different for each case.

As I drove home from College Station on New Year's Day, I wondered what I could do to help.  Many advanced procedures, treatments and medications available today did not exist a few years ago.  What happens to the animals whose owners don't have the money to pay for emergency consultation?  What happens if people can afford the consultation, but can't afford the emergency treatment?  What happens when the treatment becomes too expensive? 

I made numerous inquiries to various animal organizations in the Houston area to determine if there were any programs similar to the Capper & Chris Save the Animals Fund established at Texas A & M University.  There were none.  I had dinner with my dear friend, Bill Folger − who just happens to be a very smart and compassionate veterinarian − and asked for his advice and help.  I wanted to establish a nonprofit organization to financially assist pet owners, who had fallen on hard times, seeking emergency treatment for their animal.  One by one I gathered friends to join me in this endeavor.

Moose touched many lives during his seven years.  He was a big gentle dog with "kisses" for everyone he met.  Please help us continue the compassion Moose displayed to two-legged as well as four-legged creatures with your contribution.

Gwen Flager, Founder