By BRIAN SMITH
Katie Phillips sees it as her way to give back.
Phillips, founder of the Lucy Fund, remembers growing up without a lot of money and not having any pets. Her dad always taught her and her siblings to give back whenever possible. When her yellow lab Lucy became ill and passed away in July 2011, she said she felt pain and anguish she had never felt before.
“I had a really difficult time with this,” Phillips said while choking up. “After Lucy had gone, I made a couple of donations to my veterinarian and told him to use the money to help a family that he could tell needed it. It was his call as to who he would help. Those two opportunities to help others really began the healing process for me.”
With her background in business, she decided to expand her helping other pets and their families by forming a non-profit corporation.
“I went to my husband, a CPA, and asked how I could get a nonprofit organization started to help people who needed the help,” Pjillips, who moved to Texas from Michigan when she was three months old, said. “That’s how The Lucy Fund was formed.”
Phillips says the 501c3 organization hosts a number of fundraisers as well as completes gift baskets and bags with nuts and salsas to raise monies, every penny which goes toward helping the seriously ill animals.
“If we have a bill to pay, like a phone bill or something, we usually take it out of one of our pockets,” Phillips said. “If it’s fundraising for the Lucy Fund, those monies go directly to paying for those pets and families who need it.”
The Lucy Fund works directly with veterinarians. Phillips says some local veterinarians, like Parker County Animal Hospital in Weatherford, have bought on to what the business wants to accomplish. Still, others have been skeptical.