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Betsy's Fund

Because Every Animal Deserves a Second Chance

PARL takes in hundreds of animals each year, most of whom require extensive medical care beyond the scope of routine exams and vaccines. From extra diagnostics to medications and even emergency surgeries, Betsy's Fund exists to serve those animals, and ensures that no PARL animal will go without the care they need. 

Veterinary care covered by Betsy's Fund ranges from the common to more rare condition. In the past few years, PARL has ensured animals get the care they need, including:

  • Diagnostic testing (x-rays, ultrasound, blood tests)
  • Antibiotics for infection (upper respiratory, urinary tract, skin, etc.) 
  • Hernia repair
  • Dental cleaning/teeth extraction
  • Entropion surgery (corrects a condition affecting the eyelids) 
  • Special diet  (due to allergies, weight management, etc.)
  • Treatment for Heartworm
  • Treatment for Ringworm
  • Pyometra surgery (due to infection of the uterus)
  • Treatment for Parvovirus 
  • Limb amputation
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery

We believe that every animal in our care deserves access to immediate medical attention, regardless of the cost. As you can imagine, with rising costs related to supply, transportation, and labor shortages across the nation, bills are adding up quickly and forecasting for these expenses is increasingly difficult. In addition, since the start of the pandemic, we've seen a drastic increase in surrendered animals needing urgent or specialized medical care.  Donations to Betsy's Fund are always needed provide a second chance at life for our most vulnerable animal friends.


To ensure your gift is earmarked for Betsy's Fund, please select 'Betsy's Fund' from the drop down menu  on the giving form.

Special Cases Highlight - April 2023



This brave and resilient little 6 month old cat is currently in our care and needs your help! Gamma arrived one week ago as a thin stray captured near an auto parts store. She had what believe are chemical burns all over her body, but most localized on her right side. Even in pain and discomfort, she has been nothing but the sweetest cat, craving staff attention and giving endless head butts asking for more attention!

Gamma will need to put on some more weight and receive daily care from our medical team to ensure that infection is prevented and the burned skin heals. Thankfully, her overall condition is improving daily and with your help, she'll stay on track to a full recovery!

Designate your donation for 'Betsy's Fund' and your donation will help cover the costs associated with medical care, supplies, medications, and related needs for Gamma. Donations raised over any amount needed for Gamma will support other animals with special medical needs at PARL, now and into the future. Thank you!





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Shortly after Coco arrived at PARL, her intake exam and routine testing revealed that she was positive for Heartworm Disease. This disease is serious and potentially fatal. It's caused by worms that live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of infected pets. Coco began a long and costly treatment for her condition not long ago. The full course of treatment will take about 4-5 months to complete and requires that Coco remain calm and relaxed with minimum activity so her heart can heal.
Thankfully, Coco is in the care of a loving foster home where she can enjoy a more quiet environment. Your donation to our Betsy's Fund today will help cover the cost of her next treatment injection and follow up x-rays, an estimated cost of $750-$1,000. Donations raised over any amount needed for Coco will support other animals with special medical needs at PARL, now and into the future. Thank you!


Meet just a few of the many animals helped through Betsy's Fund



In May of 2022, a concerned community member noticed something was not quite right with a neighbor's dog. The dog was severely emaciated and had pressure sores on his legs and haunches. He could walk, but he was weak and seemed exhausted. They tried to feed him, but he was unable to keep anything down so they contacted PARL for help. Dobby and spent a weekend in emergency care getting IV fluids and very small, measured amounts of solid foods to help his body relearn how to digest much-needed nutrients. Thanks to loving treatment and care, Dobby thrived and was adopted by his foster dad in June of 2022.



A local vet hospital contacted us to help with a pair of kittens dropped off to them in a plastic bag. Upon arrival in our care, both kittens were mewing and eager for love and attention. Both also had active eye infections. Leela's infection was so bad that she needed her eye surgically removed. She recovered well and was adopted through her foster home! 



Mama, a three-year-old terrier mix, was surrendered to our care when her human caregiver became homeless. Upon intake, Mama had an infected toe, some eye troubles, and needed to be spayed. Turns out she needed a hernia repair when she was spayed and also some teeth extractions. Recently, Mama's eye condition worsened and our vet  recommended removing the eye surgically to avoid further pain and complications. Mama recovered well from surgery and was adopted shortly thereafter!



Taylor the beagle was the victim of a hit and run in a local neighborhood in early June 2021. He was taken in by some caring neighbors who surrendered him to PARL due to his worsening condition. He has pelvic and jaw fractures on the left side of his body. In order to give him the best chance, he needed surgery to stabilize the pelvis and jaw. With this procedure, he would be likely to have fewer long-term complications, and less pain over time. It was a long road for Taylor but thanks to Betsy's Fund supporters, he got the surgery and post-op care he needed. He was adopted in September 2021.  


Jax, a super sweet senior pup, was surrendered to PARL and rushed to emergency care in August 2021 for a bladder blockage. He received a cystotomy surgery due to multiple bladder stones seen on x-ray. His best friend at PARL, named Buddy, waited patiently for him to recover before they were both adopted together in September 2021. 



Doloris came to PARL as a transfer from animal control. She had a large-sized tumor on her belly and severe skin and ear infections. The tumor was biopsied and removed (with some help from our friends at Handsome Dan's Rescue). Thankfully, it turned out to be a benign tumor! In addition, Doloris was fighting a number of ear and skin infections. After loving care in a foster home, Doloris was adopted with help from our friends at Handsome Dan's Rescue in October 2021.

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Titus was surrendered to PARL in April 2021 and needed Entropion surgery to correct the condition that was causing his eyelashes to grow inward toward his eyes. His surgery went smoothly and he was adopted in June 2021.


Clementine, Hyde, and Jekkyl

These sweet rabbits came to PARL as emergency surrenders, saved from neglectful conditions. Unfortunately, Clementine was suffering from severe stage 4 uterine cancer and was in obvious pain and distress. Our team made the difficult choice to humanely euthanize her. She passed peacefully, surrounded by the staff here at PARL who cared for her and loved her in the brief time she spent with us. Jekkyl and Hyde received medications for upper respiratory infections and were treated for intestinal parasites prior to adoption.



Takkun was a very sweet and friendly senior cat who was surrendered in early May 2021. He was suffering from diabetes complications and spent several weeks receiving supportive care in a loving foster home after he went into sepsis and spent several nights in emergency care. Unfortunately, in early June 2021, we had to say goodbye to sweet Takkun when he took a turn for the worse and his body began to shut down. He was surrounded by his loving foster mama as he passed on. We send thanks to all who helped make Takkun's last chapter one filled with love and kindness. 



This 7-year-old longhaired cat was surrendered to PARL by his previous owner in early April 2021. We quickly discovered that he was in deteriorating health. A thorough exam revealed a severely impacted colon and needed emergency treatment. In an attempt to avoid what would be an invasive procedure, the he stayed for several days at an emergency clinic to receive fluids and alternative treatments. 



Diamond, who is 3-years-old, was suffering from a urinary tract infection that was not resolving. Turns out, Diamond had a very large kidney stone and needed surgery to remove it. Unfortunately, as can sometimes happen, Diamond suffered complications following the surgery. Her incision became infected and created an abscess causing her to develop a septic abdomen. We rushed her to an emergency clinic where she underwent her second surgery. After several weeks of recovery, and over $4,000 in medical bills, Diamond was adopted in April 2021.




Just under a year old, Flash was surrendered to PARL in March of 2021. During his routine physical exam, Flash was discovered to have an abscess on the left side of his face that need to be drained. He needed several rounds of antibiotics and warm compresses daily to help the abscess drain properly and heal.




This weeks-old puppy was brought to PARL in mid-January 2021 in serious condition. He was rushed to an emergency vet and for the next month, spent time in a foster home with a vet tech. His condition never fully stabilized and on the morning of Feb. 19, 2021, Opossum crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Donations received for his care helped cover his medical bills and went on to help other animals through Betsy's Fund. 

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Cabbage arrived at PARL underweight and symptomatic. At nearly 11 years old, we ran several diagnostic tests and determined he was likely in the very early stages of kidney disease. We believed that he still deserved a loving family. In early April of 2021, he found that loving family! 

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Sophie was surrendered to PARL because her former family could no longer afford her care. Sophie suffered from chronic and very serious ear infections and needed a Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA) surgery to finally be relieved of infection and pain. She underwent surgery in early January 2021 and is doing well!

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Tommy the Triumphant

Tommy was found as a stray during the summer of 2020. He had sores on his paws and was severely dehydrated. Supporters of Betsy's Fund rallied around him to help us cover the expensive vet care bills. After several weeks of specialized care, Tommy was ready for adoption and is currently living his best life with his new family.

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In March 2020, Jasper was stolen from our building in the middle of the night. Thanks to swift action by the Providence Police Department and an anonymous tip, he was recovered days later. Unfortunately, he had been injured and needed ACL surgery on his knee. Betsy's Fund supporters made it possible to get him the urgent care he needed. He was later adopted by his foster family and is thriving today.

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Bee Bee and Mango

These sweet senior cats were surrendered in the fall of 2020 when their family was moving and could not bring them along. We quickly discovered that both needed extensive dental work including cleanings and teeth extractions. Mango also needed a special diet to help return to a healthy weight. Thanks to Betsy's Fund, they got the care they needed and were adopted quickly thereafter.