TVMF Impact Report: 2017-2018


Forty Years of Commitment • Forty Years of Service • Forty Years of Impact


Dear Friends,

The past fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) has been filled with unexpected challenges, unparalleled opportunities and, above all, the unwavering reminder of how much can be accomplished when our community comes together to achieve a common goal.

In August, we experienced one of the most horrific natural disasters in Texas history when Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Gulf Coast. Even as homes and businesses—including veterinary clinics—were being damaged and in some cases utterly destroyed, Texas veterinarians, their staff and members of the public worked around the clock to ensure that as many animals as possible had a safe refuge from the storm and received necessary medical care. The outpouring of generosity from you and animal lovers around the country enabled the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) to provide aid and assist veterinarians as they cared for these displaced animals.

The past fiscal year also provided new opportunities for the expansion of the TVMF PALS (Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors) program. We are pleased to report the TVMF PALS program expanded to two new metro areas—Abilene and Houston—during the past year. This program expansion is critical to meeting the growing needs of homebound community members and their companion animals. More than 1,000 pets remain on the wait list, but TVMF is committed to growing this program to meet that need so that pets on the wait list will have access to the medical care and medicines they need to live long, happy and healthy lives.

In January, TVMF celebrated a milestone anniversary—40 years of service within our Texas community. It is difficult to put into words the impact this organization has had on the health and well-being of animals across Texas over the past four decades. The Foundation’s history is rich with impact, and I am deeply honored to be a part of its future. As we continue to expand our programs and face new challenges, our work—and your support—has never been more important. I hope you enjoy reading about our shared achievements in 2017-2018, and I look forward to what this new year will bring.



Chad Harris, DVM
TVMF President

Impact Report: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018