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Watch your mail for information on TVMF’s Buck-A-Year Program, which is an annual gift campaign that every veterinarian can afford. Contributions made to the Buck-A-Year Program fund grants to the Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program. TAMU’s research program ensures that veterinary students will continue to be introduced to research and the benefits research has on the profession and the practice of veterinary medicine.
With less than a month remaining in the calendar year, now is a good time to assess your income tax situation. Gifts to a qualified nonprofit organization such as TVMF made before the end of the year may provide you with a needed tax deduction while benefiting the profession of veterinary medicine. Gifts can be contributed in the form of check or credit card. Securities (stocks, bonds or mutual funds) that have appreciated in value or tangible assets, such as real estate or personal goods and services, are also accepted by the Foundation. Deferred gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, can fulfill the dual purpose of providing future assistance to a Foundation project or program while achieving tax benefits and estate planning objectives for the donor.
For more information on planned giving, please call TVMF at 512/452-4224.
TVMF Rooster Roast Fundraiser
What is the Rooster Roast Fundraiser you ask? Why should you purchase one of these smoked-to-perfection chickens?
We are raising money for the TVMF PALS program, which benefits pets of Meals on Wheels and More of Austin's homebound and elderly clients, like Stevers here, by providing them much-needed veterinary care.
Stevers provides his owner with unconditional love, companionship and a fluffy cuddle partner who keeps her warm and safe each night.
Stevers recently visited Dr. Mouser of North Austin Animal Hospital and received a clean bill of health, but he is in need of some major dental work to relieve him of the pain he feels when he eats.
Please support the efforts of TVMF PALS by ordering your chicken today so that pets like Stevers will continue to live long healthy lives!
Click HERE to order your chicken.
Texas Animal Hall of Fame Inductees Announced!
The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) is proud to announce the 2012 inductees into the Texas Animal Hall of Fame. The Texas Animal Hall of Fame was established by TVMF to celebrate the human-animal bond and gives veterinarians a chance to recognize outstanding patients. TVMF received nominations for induction in three different categories: hero, professional and companion. It was not an easy task for TVMF trustees to pick only one winner for each category as all of the submissions involved amazing stories.
This year's hero category inductee is Layla Glover, a two-year-old Viszla who saved the life of her owner, Jim Glover. This past summer, Jim Glover was laying face down in the pool unconscious. Layla ferociously barked to alert Sherri, Jim's wife. Sherri immediately gave him mouth-to-mouth and prayed that EMS would arrive quickly. They did not expect Jim to live, and if he did, they suspected he would have brain damage. It was deemed a miracle when Jim came off the respirator in three days and had no brain damage. Layla gave him the 15 seconds that were a matter of life and death. She truly is a hero and a lifesaver.
This year's inductee in the professional category is Lilly Royall, a black chow mix who recently passed away at nearly 12 years of age. Lilly was a self-taught service dog who touched the lives of her owner, Scott Royall, and every other person she came in contact with. Scott was born with cerebral palsy and quadriplegic spasticity and was unable to speak except with his computer-generated voice software. Adopted from an animal shelter at six months of age, Lilly stepped into the vacant spot of a service dog in training. Even though Scott was unable to give verbal commands, their ability to connect was impeccable. She had a regal, quiet devotion, and she knew instinctively what to do to assist him. Lilly passed away on August 24, 2011, when she lost her battle with metastatic cancer. There is no better way to honor such a spectacular dog than with this induction.
In the companion category, the inductee is Colonel, a black and tan German Shepherd mix. He was hit by a car and left to die when a German Shepherd rescue organization came to his aid and ultimately amputated his back leg because it was too injured to save. Now a therapy dog, Colonel provides comfort, inspiration, motivation, laughter and unconditional, nonjudgmental love for wounded warriors with burn injuries and/or military sexual trauma through the Train A Dog, Save A Warrior program. Colonel brings moments of sanity to and aids in healing for every life he touches. He also brings camaraderie to amputees because he too is an amputee. Colonel has been said to know what to do under specific circumstances, and he never ceases to choose the right action for the situation. Colonel not only is the companion to one person but to hundreds, and a better candidate could not fill the companion category.