“They have wondered ‘what’s the catch?’” Phillips said. “We tell them there is no catch. You make the decision on whether thanimal needs the procedure, refer the family to us or contact us, do the procedure and we make the payment.”
Phillips said families are asked to contribute what they can, but if there is no way the family can provide funds, The Lucy Fund will fund the procedure. For veterinarians that aren’t on the list, they can contact Phillips at thelucyfund.org to get on the list.
“We want to make this as easy as possible on the families,” Phillips said. “We want to make sure parents never have to come to their kids and say we can’t afford to help our pet or have to decide between feeding the kids or helping their pet.”
Despite her work with a number of organizations, including Big Brother/Big Sisters, Phillips said she finally realizes what her dad was talking about giving back with the Lucy Fund.
“If this is the last thing I ever do, I’ll be satisfied because I know I’m helping families and I’m helping pets,” Phillips said. “I do want the doctors to be the heroes here. They can’t simply give everything away. That’s why we’re here.”
For more about the Lucy Fund and a list of participating vets, visit thelucyfund.org.