OUR MISSION

1- ... that no pet owner be forced to choose inadequate treatment or euthanasia for their animal because of inability to pay for emergency medical care.
2- ... that people who receive financial help for a veterinary emergency be given the opportunity to return their gift by becoming mentors, by volunteering for VEFM, or by supporting the VEFM fund financially.
3- ... that it is the responsibility of both the local pet-owning and veterinary communities to make emergency care available--that this is not a national responsibility but a grass-roots responsibility.
4-... that the vision of VEFM will extend to communities all across the United States, possibly even the world.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

We are Taking Ideas and Suggestions for our First National Spokespet Contest for VEFM

It is high time that The Veterinary Emergency Funding Mission had a Spokespet!!! The general purpose of a spokesperson (for us, a "spokespet") is to "frame a company or organization's strengths and products to the public and investors while managing media coverage...." For the complete article, which beautifully explains this concept, click on this link:
http://www.ehow.com/about_5382539_job-media-relations-company-spokesperson.html

Here are several contests that will give us ideas for how we can run ours. I hope many of our supporters will participate in this brainstorming-session. Please leave your ideas and suggestions in the "Comments" section, below.

(1) Spokesperson search for "Young and Free."
---[A] Purpose of the spokesperson: http://www.youngfreealberta.com/media-center/credit-union-competition-looking-for-youth-spokesperson.html ;
---[B] Description of the contest: http://www.youngfreealberta.com/2010-search-archive/;
---[C] Rules/Regulations: http://www.youngfreealberta.com/storage/YF-Alberta-Rules-Regs-2010-Spokester-Search.pdf
(2) Junior Beef Spokesperson Contest for Colorado CattleWomen, Inc.
---[A] Purpose and description of contest:
http://brianallmerradionetwork.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/04-05-10-colorado-cattlewomen-host-beef-spokesperson-contest-in-briggsdale-april-17th-enter-today/
---[B] Application for contest: http://brianallmerradionetwork.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/april-5.pdf
(3) Contest for the New Media Celebrity Spokesperson (for video introductions and trailers for the Cable Muse Network)
---[A] Press release describing contest: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/02/prweb3662504.htm
---[B] Official description of contest: http://cablemuse.com/id86.html
---[C] Sample, with previous year's top two entries: http://cablemuse.com/id100.html
---[D] Consent form: http://cablemuse.com/id87.html

6 comments:

Karen said...

Lucy-
I think this is a great idea. You may want to take nominations from either or both folks who are members or know of members whose animals have undergone critical or emergency care- and who have thrived afterwards- a lot like the spokes people from the Heart or Cancer Association.

Karen Choate

Heather said...

I agree a "survivor" story would be perfect. Heather

Dr. Schroth said...

One excellent suggestion for the Spokespet contest is to get donations for a Grand Prize and Runner-Up from companies who sell products or services that help pet owners prevent or cope with veterinary emergencies.

Melanie said...

Dr. Schroth,

If you decide to go with the idea of getting donations for a prize basket, you should also approach Petco and ask them to offer a gift cert. for their online pet first aid course. I would offer a complimentary private session to the winner but I only work in Los Angeles and Central Oregon areas, so it might be unlikely that the winner lives in either of those locations. But I took the Petco course out of curiosity (I like to take other courses regularly like Red Cross, etc.) - anyway, I found the Petco online course to be pretty good, and it would certainly be an inexpensive thing for them to donate, and virtually any winner with a computer could benefit from it. I may be partial to the cause, but I think that EVERY pet parent should learn pet first aid!

Dr. Schroth said...

Thanks for that suggestion, Melanie. It is an excellent idea!
-Lucy

Dr. Schroth said...

VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) has a very interesting story contest. We could easily adapt this concept for our Spokespet Contest. Take a look: http://www.vpihamboneaward.com/

Do You Need Assistance to Pay for Emergency Treatment?

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PLEASE HELP US, SO THAT WE CAN HELP OTHERS

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UNTIL WE ARE SET UP TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS, PLEASE REFER TO THE FOLLOWING LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS WHO MAY BE ABLE TO HELP:

CATS ONLY:

http://www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/ --Calif. only; cats only;

http://www.catsincrisis.org/ --Cats only;

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DOGS ONLY:

http://www.labradorlifeline.org/ --Labs only

http://www.doberman911.org/index.html --Dobermans only

http://www.pbrc.net/fund/financial.html --Pit Bulls only
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DOGS OR CATS (OR OTHERS):

http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=28http://www.pawssf.org/client_overview.html --Senior citizens only; San Francisco only;

http://www.help-a-pet.org/apply.htmlhttp://www.aahahelpingpets.org/http://www.petsamaritan.org/Medical/http://www.browndogfoundation.org/home --Tenn. only

http://www.myjakebrady.com/memorial_fund.shtmlhttp://www.saveuspets.org/about_saveuspets/info_pet_owners.html --N.J. only;

http://www.thepetfund.com/http://www.actorsandothers.com/emergencyhelp.html --Greater Los Angeles area only

http://www.ashleyfund.org/index.html --N. Carolina only

http://www.nysave.org/about.html --NYC only (5 boroughs)

http://www.bearenfoundation.org/funding.htm --Lane county, Oregon only

http://www.pgaa.com/animalhelp.html -- list of agencies that help injured animals

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