The BooTiki Fund
What is the BooTiki Fund?
The BooTiki Fund is a 501c3 public charity organization with the purpose of keeping animals in their forever homes by providing financial assistance to their owners for veterinary care at any local hospital when their pet is in a medical crisis. Additionally, the BooTiki Fund provides medical supplies for HousePaws Veterinary Service and other local volunteers to do two local health clinics in Camden and West Philly, and two international spay/neuter clinics annually. Through our Near and Far Fund clinics and events, we annually help over 950 pets per year. BooTiki is run by volunteers, allowing one hundred percent of the funds to impact our efforts to help families on financial strife keep their pets healthy.
Meet Axel, the inspiration for creating this organization
The BooTiki Fund charity formed in tribute to a beloved pet named Axel. Axel’s impact on his family was deep, and his passing left them with a void that they felt would be best filled by helping others who love their pets the way we loved Axel and were in a difficult financial position to give their pet the medical treatment they deserved.
How did this organization get it’s name? Axel’s nickname was Boo. We combined his nickname “Boo” with the “Tiki,” a symbol of protection and good fortune, to create the BooTiki Fund.
What does the BooTiki Fund Do?
The BooTiki Fund was created to help people help animals. One part of its mission is to provide financial assistance to individuals and families who would otherwise be unable to afford necessary medical treatment for serious, life-threatening conditions facing their pet. After meeting specific criteria and filling out an application, the application for assistance is reviewed by the BooTiki Board to see if the application is something that the fund can and should support.
Interested in applying for a BooTiki Fund grant? Click here for information and the application.
Another important part of the BooTiki Fund mission is to help communities of under-served people get basic medical care for the pets. This is known as the Near and Far Fund, and provides funding for medicine and medical supplies for volunteer veterinary spay and neuter clinics abroad as well as wellness clinics and spay & neuter clinics in Camden and Philadelphia communities. Click here for more information about the Near and Far Fund.
The BooTiki Fund & You
Many people have deep connections to their pets, but don’t always have an outlet for expressing their feelings with action. When the BooTiki Fund was established, some basic questions that guided us to create this organization to serve people and their pets are below.
- Have you ever loved a family pet just like a member of the family?
- Do you have a friend who took their sick fur baby to the vet and found the care was outside their ability to pay?
- Have you ever heard someone say they chose to put their pet down, because they couldn’t afford the treatment that could save the fur babies’ life?
Do these questions resonate with you?
If your answer is ‘yes,’ consider joining us in our mission to ensure pets in crisis receive the care they need to stay healthy. With your help, we can make sure no one in our community has to choose between emergency care for their pet or leaving the pet behind.
How can you help?
- You can donate funds to the BooTiki Fund through the PayPal. This is the most direct way to help people and their pets.
- You can volunteer at our events throughout the year. You can find these events on the HousePaws website event calendar.
- You can volunteer as a Boo Tiki Board Member.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with the BooTiki Fund, fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!
Volunteer Opportunities with The BooTiki Fund
The BooTiki Fund sponsors dozens of events annually to raise money for the fund to help people help animals. Our fundraisers are actually ‘Fun-raisers’ because rather than rely on traditional ways of fundraising like raffles, bake sales, car washes, we program events where people can come together with other people to have fun, celebrate the human/animal bond and help a great cause at the same time. Our mission is designed to help and engage people to get involved in helping others.
Our event schedule includes events and locations throughout the South Jersey, Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA areas and North Jersey Bergen County area. Events take place inside and outside, ranging from local churches to dog parks to brew pubs. We’re everywhere!
There are different ways to volunteer with the BooTiki Fund. Many people volunteer for single events that fit into their schedule. Some people are BooTiki event regulars and can be found at many of our events throughout the BooTiki communities. Some volunteers bring their children and/or pets to events that are appropriate, and some come alone to meet new people. Some people become so passionate about the BooTiki mission that they apply to be a BooTiki Board Member.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for events or the BooTiki Board, please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch with more information.
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