Introducing the Dr. John Thomas VET Fund

February 10, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Fred Metzger of VCA Metzger Animal Hospital has generously pledged up to $100,000 in matching funds to establish the Dr. John Thomas Veterinary Emergency Treatment (VET) Fund. The fund is a community resource intended to keep animals in loving families. A limited number of grants will be available monthly to Centre County residents and full-time students who display financial need. It will be administered by Centre County PAWS. 

Our Program Goals

  1. Provide a safety net for loving pet owners who have exhausted all of their financial options to provide necessary care for their cat or dog 
  2. Avoid the euthanasia or surrender of beloved and well-cared-for pets from loving families
  3. Assist local veterinarians, who are repeatedly faced with challenging situations related to patient care and client services versus available funds 
  4. Assist local rescues serving the Centre County area, who have stepped in to assist unwell and unclaimed animals

Please note we are not yet accepting applications for grants. We anticipate we will be fully operational by April 30, 2021. 

About Dr. Thomas

Dr. John Thomas started in veterinary medicine in 1969. He was the owner and operator of Mount Nittany Veterinary Hospital until his semi-retirement in 2009, when he helped to found and worked with the Allegheny Spay/Neuter Clinic in Woodland, PA. He set the goal to help until 5,000 animals were spayed or neutered, then fully retire. Instead, he worked for 10 years, until the clinic had completed almost 50,000 spays and neuters. Dr. Thomas was a brilliant veterinarian, mentor to many, and well known for his work ethic and compassion for animals. 

During his 50 years in practice, Dr. Thomas was dedicated to ensuring as many animals as possible received affordable, necessary vet care. Through Dr. Metzger’s and your generosity, this fund can ensure that his legacy of service continues. To contribute to the Dr. John Thomas VET Fund, click here and note VET Fund in the “Special Instructions.”  

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