Monday, December 10, 2012
The Gena Austin Memorial Fund by Shann Ikezawa, DVM
Gena Austin was a tireless, dedicated advocate for pets. As president of PROS Pug Rescue, she saved many lives and touched many souls - both human and canine. We had a very special relationship with Gena here at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care. She believed in trying to provide the best medicine and care no matter what the situation or constraints. We deeply admired and respected her commitment to animal welfare. While she was never part of our staff, she was definitely part of our family.
Before her death in July of 2011, Gena expressed her wish to establish a fund to help the clients and patients of Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care. In a critical situation, she never wanted to see a human-animal bond severed and a pet euthanized when it could be saved if someone was able to just lend a helping hand. The Gena Austin Memorial Fund was created in order to honor her memory and to continue her legacy of animal rescue.
The Gena Austin Memorial Fund is a non-profit, donation-based fund, that was established in December of 2012 to provide assistance to the charitable care of a patient in need at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care. The fund is intended to support a one-time surgical or medical intervention for a pet with an excellent prognosis, which, without such support would otherwise be euthanized, relinquished, and/or endure excessive suffering.
If you would like to make a donation to the fund, please click here. An official webpage will be up soon. In the meantime, please visit the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GenasFund, to share your thoughts on Gena or rescued pets in your life.