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.