The Ethel Fund Inc. was founded in 2013 when a small group of dedicated pet lovers started a media campaign to raise money to pay for our spokesdog, Miss Ethel Jane Kerplunk’s, first total hip replacement surgery.
At just three weeks old, Ethel’s front leg was deformed and she was too weak to use the other three. Unable to afford medical care, her breeder surrendered her into the care of a veterinarian who diagnosed her with a rare parasite, Neospora caninum. Ethel was fostered, and later adopted, by our founder. Together with the physical therapists of Western PA Sports Medicine in Somerset and a small group of benefactresses, they were able to nurse Ethel back to health and a life filled with play. At nine months old, however, Ethel began to lose the function of her hind legs, and the group was devastated to learn that she had severe, bilateral hip dysplasia and would require total hip replacement.
Ethel’s story was shared on Facebook and reported by the Daily American, the Tribune Democrat, and WTAJ News. The community responded with overwhelming support and the funds for Ethel’s first surgery were raised in just a few weeks.
The Ethel Fund Inc. is now a 501(c)3 that strives to help other family pets with catastrophic needs.
The vision of The Ethel Fund Inc. is that no qualifying pet owner who is an established client of a participating veterinary practice will have to deny their pet reasonable treatment due to financial hardship.