MATTAWA—On September 22 and 23, Dr. Dale Scott, of Scott Veterinary Services, will be making a 300 kilometre ‘Ride for Farley’ trek from his Mindemoya home to the Mattawa Ecology Centre, raising funds and awareness for the Farley Foundation.
The Summit Veterinary Pharmacy Ride for Farley is an annual event during which veterinarians and veterinary health professionals cycle to raise funds and awareness for the Farley Foundation, the Farley Foundation website states. Veterinarians raise funds through their clinics and rely on the generous donations from their clients and the public. Registered cyclists have each committed to riding one of three distances: 50, 100 or 160 km, with just three veterinarians, among them Dr. Scott, a member of the Farley Foundation board of directors, taking on the 300 km route. The riders have also committed to raising a minimum of $500, $750 or $1,000, depending on their chosen route.
“I started the Farley ride in Northern Ontario some 12 years ago and, over the last seven years, the ride is now held down south at Milton at the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association head office,” Dr. Scott explained. “This foundation is funded by veterinary clinics in Ontario by events as this for people in financial need.”
“The Farley Foundation assists a select group of eligible pet owners by subsidizing the cost of non-elective (necessary and emergency) veterinary care for the pets that mean the world to them,” the website states.
In order to qualify for funding, pet owners must: be otherwise unable to pay for needed veterinary care for their pet; be a current client of an eligible Ontario veterinary hospital; or fall into one of the following five categories: seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement; disabled individuals receiving the Ontario Disability Support Payment or the Canada Pension Plan Disability Payment; a woman at risk of abuse who is entering a registered women’s shelter in Ontario and who is participating in the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association’s SafePet Program; or an individual receiving financial assistance through Ontario Works.
The name ‘Farley’ comes from the much-loved ‘For Better or For Worse’ cartoon by North Bay’s Lynn Johnston and the family dog Farley, the English sheepdog. The name of the Foundation pays homage to Farley, who died in the strip while saving April Patterson from drowning when she fell into a river
Since 2001, the Farley Foundation has assisted 4,251 dogs, 2,902 cats and a whole host of other creatures.
Those wishing to donate to the Ride for Farley can contact Nina Vaughan at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-800-670-1702 ext. 33 and naming rider Dr. Dale Scott