Emergency Medical Treatment

Many of the animals that come in to VHS care require medical attention. This can also involve costly surgeries to remedy broken limbs, tumours, blockages, age related dental problems and owner neglect and abuse. Much of this work is done on an emergency basis and we are very grateful to our donors who help fund these critical procedures.

Emergency Medical Intake

The Victoria Humane Society only becomes involved with a medical emergency when called by   a veterinarian (often in the middle of the night on a weekend). The vet will have examined the patient and given the person who brought the animal in a care plan and the cost of that care plan. If the person is unable to pay for the care they are usually given the following options:
Care at the emergency clinic which may include emergency surgery but payment does have to be made.
The option of taking the pet to their own vet is offered if feasible.
The option to apply for Paybright financing which is at a high interest rate but is an option.

As a last resort, the option of surrendering the animal is offered at which point the clinic will then look for a rescue organization that can work with them to save the animal by funding the care.

Truly it is not a call that we want to receive and VHS is not in a position to finance veterinary care for people. We only ever take medical emergencies when the owner has decided not to pursue any other option and given that choice, once the animals are in our care they will remain with us and not be returned.

Please have a plan in place for emergencies.

You are the lifeblood of our work on behalf of animals.

You are the lifeblood of our work on behalf of animals.

As a non-profit organization, the Victoria Humane Society depends entirely on donations from kind-hearted people like you. Every month, we rescue literally dozens of dogs and cats, and sometimes other small animals, many from horrific circumstances such as neglect, starvation and abuse. The associated costs of rescue are significant, from arranging transportation for the animals out of remote communities and into our care, to emergency medical bills to save animals lives, to spay and neuter costs, vaccinations, hospitalizations, medications and on-going food costs and incidentals. Monthly and one-time donors are literally our most critical form of support. We thank you for donating what you can today.

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