April 11th, 2019 12:00am

PMC – CASE 505

Jezza recovering thanks to PMC and Lort Smith.

Warren and Jezza have been inseparable since they got together 8 years ago.  Warren is on a disability support pension and has experienced homelessness and desperation but Jezza has been his constant support.

Last year Pets of the Homeless assisted Warren to fund Jezza’s left anterior cruciate ligament repair for which he was enormously grateful.

Sadly Jezza’s right ACL ruptured a month ago. Warren was still paying off a previous $800 vet bill at Lort Smith with $30 each and every fortnight.  He simply wasn’t able to afford the cost of this $2,800 TWLO surgery.

Pet Medical Crisis have been pleased to donate our maximum of $1,000 to enable Jezza to go to surgery at Lort Smith. Warren now has a $2,600 bill to pay off at $30/fortnight over the next 3.3+ years. 

His love for Jezza is absolute and he’s never missed a payment to Lort Smith who have been so good to this devoted pair.

Look at those eyes, Jezza you beauty!

Lovely to see you home again sweetheart. Love from all your friends at PMC xxxxooooxxxx


April 11th, 2019 12:00am

PMC – CASE 504

Mate and Tank, where you find one you’ll find the other.

Our 504th case is 6mo Kelpie Tank D’Cruza. PMC assisted with surgery for Tank’s brother Mate 4 weeks ago (same bilateral femoral head osteotomy surgery) and while we are a 1-off crisis fund the case was approved for extenuating circumstances.

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April 3rd, 2019 12:00am

About 4 years ago Jeannette Freeman found a skinny, neglected 8 week old Great Dane X Labrador puppy on the side of the Hume Highway.  She took him home and called him ‘Highway’

Jeanette is a 63yo single woman trying to make ends meet on the disability pension.  She suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis and lives in chronic pain. She has had 2 total hip replacements and every day is a struggle.  Her 2 dogs Highway and her soulmate ’Nellie’ are both rescues as are her cats – all rescues.  “My animals are my world – they are so wonderful and so good for my mental health”.

On Thursday 28th March Highway was running along the driveway of their Oakland Junction property near Tullamarine.  He mistook his footing and got his right back leg caught in a cattle grate – screaming in agony as his tibia and fibula snapped with the unforgiving metal’s force on bone.  Jeanette heard his agonising cries and raced frantically to see what was wrong.  He scrambled towards her and collapsed at her feet crying in pain.

Highway Freeman’s Broken Tibula and Fibula

Jeanette’s son was able to help get Highway into the car and off to Dr John Carter at Moonee Central Vet.  Knowing she was unable to afford the cost of surgery and facing having to put him down because of this she was in tears saying “I can’t, I just can’t!”.   Jeannettes’s sister had some advice from a friend about Pet Medical Crisis and she made a call – one of the last the charity will take as they are moving to a web based application process to help owners and vets more simply

Highway’s leg after the procedure

Pet Medical Crisis liaised with Dr John who also had not heard of Pet Medical Crisis.  He explained the usual cost of surgery would be $2,500 so with our $1,000 maximum donation and a huge discount for Jeanette, she would have to contribute $650 by paying $25 per week ($50 per fortnight) out of her pension.  Assuming no other unexpected expenses come in it will take her all of 6 months to pay this back.  

Dr. John from Moonee Central Vet at work on Highway’s leg

Two Pet Medical Crisis supporters, Jenny from Ocean Grove and Wayne, who has followed us for years, have kindly donated $100 and $30 respectively at 

Highway had his surgery at Moonee Central Vet on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 under Dr John’s care and we have our collective fingers and paws crossed his leg can be saved – time will tell.  Mum Jeanette is relieved he has come through the operation and is a step closer to coming home to her.



Walt and his best buddy, beagle. Nugget.

Pet charity appoints new ambassador to help raise vital funds to help pay for the vet bills of pensioners and disadvantaged Victorian pet owners.

Channel 10’s weekend TV favourite Walt Collins, has been announced as the ambassador for the Pet Medical Crisis charity.

It comes at a time where this much loved charity is being stretched to the limit with demand for the service at an all-time high.

Pet Medical Crisis has traditionally worked quietly in the background, raising funds to help pay for the vet bills of pensioners and disadvantaged people- where quite often their pet is the most important, if only thing, in their life.

Now, more than ever, the registered charity needs a hand to help raise cash that is used to pay for vet bills and vital surgery that will help keep much loved companion pets alive.

Donations are used directly to pay for the bills and for many families, donating to this charity means the difference to their pet living or not.


 Famous faces and their dogs gather for a fund-raising barber experience.

Walt Collins is best known for his work as co-host of Healthy Homes Australia- Channel 10, host of Animal Extra – Channel 10 and host of Buy to Build- Channel 10. He is a popular face in the weekend TV space- being on air for more than 32 weekends of the year. Walt is a passionate animal advocate and will step into the shoes of their ambassador role by organising a huge fund raising day.

Walt will fill a well-known Richmond barber shop with some of his mate’s famous faces and their dogs, each getting the most perfect grooming session. Imagine images of a dog in the barber chair with a barber cape getting a trim, sitting alongside his owner, in a cape, getting a trim! All proceeds made that day will be donated to the charity.

“This is a great chance to raise some much needed awareness for this incredible charity. People don’t realise how important a little furry friend is, if you have nobody left in your life. It’s the key to helping stop loneliness, it could be the reason somebody gets out of bed in a morning. And if your pet gets sick, you’re left with a life shattering decision of not being able to pay for the bill that might save your animal” explains Walt Collins.

And about the media call: “You’ll see some famous footballers, TV personalities and social media stars turn out with their dogs to get a fresh cut at the barbers. I’m pretty sure it will be absolute chaos, but I wouldn’t have it any other way” he adds. For many people who donate to charity, it’s important to know that the money goes directly to help the animal in need and not the animal’s owner or the charity administration. The Pet Medical Crisis ticks all of those boxes.

From Pet Medical Crisis:

“Pet Medical Crisis is excited after saving our 500th pet in Victoria. We are now expanding to help more vulnerable people and pensioners. With over $450,000 raised and donated to the charity we are incredibly privileged to have such a talented individual as Walt Collins leading our charge. His kindness and abilities compliment all the charity stands for. So brace yourselves and dig deep to donate, sponsor and be part of the tax deductible human charity that just loves and knows what our pets mean to mental and physical health. As we say – saving pets to change the world.”

Jennifer Hunt, Founder.


Kimberley Seedy, Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader

April 23, 2013 12:00am

A LILYDALE family cried tears of joy when a charity stepped in to help pay for lifesaving surgery for their beloved puppy.

Katrina and Keith Russell gave their daughters Amelia, 7, and Charli, 5, a gorgeous staffordshire bull terrier puppy, Cookie, for Christmas but over Easter she became unwell.

After attending The Pet Emergency & Specialist Centre in Malvern East, she was diagnosed with a bone cyst on her foot.

The family could not afford the expensive treatment, so they make the heartbreaking decision to put Cookie down.

Mrs Russell said they had already spent their holiday savings on Cookie’s vet bills and were “out of options”.

But on the day Cookie was going to be put down, Jennifer Hunt, founder of The Pet Medical Crisis Fund, offered a donation.

Thanks to that money, a discounted fee from the vet and a loan from a friend, the family was able to afford the surgery.

When she heard about the fund’s donation, Mrs Russell was overwhelmed.

“I cried, it was so beautiful … we told our daughters a stra­nger that loves doggies as just as much as we do is going to pay to get Cookie fixed,” Mrs Russell said.

Cookie had surgery on April 8 and is now on the road to recovery, complete with a pink cast.

When the family brought her home, Mrs Russell said the reaction from her daughters was amazing.

“We didn’t tell them she was coming home, and when she came in, it was like Christmas again,” Mrs Russell said.

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Brittany Shanahan, Berwick Leader

June 27, 2014 12:00am

ROTTWEILER-LABRADOR cross Leon will one day walk again after the Pet Medical Crisis Fund and a local vet tipped in to pay for his surgery.

The Endeavour Hills family pet was left fighting for life after his deformed spinal cord caused him to lose the use of his legs.


The dog’s owner Jenny, who did not want her surname published, was told by two veterinarians it would cost more than $5,000 to save her beloved pet.

But it was a bill Jenny could not afford.

“As a single mum, I could simply not afford all the costs and I didn’t want to put Leon down,” Jenny said.

“He got worse and the vets told me you have to make a decision.

“It was all a bit of a shock because he is so young.”

On Jenny’s third attempt, Dr Arthur House, from the Hallam Referral Centre, answered her prayers.

The Princess Highway vet put Jenny in contact with the Pet Medical Crisis Fund who raised $2,600, in addition to Jenny’s brother’s $1,500 contribution, which left Jenny with $2,000 to pay for the operation.

Support from Dr House, the Pet Medical Crisis Fund and the Facebook community, has blown Jenny away.

“It has been incredible for us, particularly the kids, to know that other people supported us,” she said.

“Leon is a mate for Jess and Olivia, a guard dog and a protector of the house.

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Christian Tatman, Frankston Standard Leader

November 22, 2014 12:00am

Helen Wade with her border collie Cassie. Picture: Tanya Fry.
Helen Wade with her border collie Cassie. Picture: Tanya Fry.

WHEN Helen Wade first set eyes on playful pooch Cassie, she knew the then five-month-old border collie was the right fit.

The Langwarrin woman was looking for a mate for her Maltese cross Toby and Cassie’s gentle nature was the recipe for a paw-fect union.

But a niggling worry about what Ms Wade ­described as a “washing machine sensation” near Cassie’s heart confirmed her worst fears.

Just over a year after bringing Cassie home, tests found the dog had a hole in the heart and would die within two years without ­urgent surgery.

An animal lover, Ms Wade was reeling over both the ­diagnosis and the cost of surgery, which ran into thousands of dollars.

But a plea to the Pet Medical Crisis Fund saw the ­organisation kick in $1000 to make the surgery possible.

The fund helps pensioners and disadvantaged pet owners who cannot afford surgery to keep their pet alive.

Fund head Jennifer Hunt said Cassie was an important part of Ms Wade’s life.

“They saved Cassie’s life. That was a lot of money to come up with,” Ms Wade said.

Both Ms Hunt and Ms Wade praised vet Richard Woolley for his work to save Cassie’s life.

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Alex White HeraldSun

DECEMBER 25, 201212:11AM

IT will be a very merry Christmas for Rocco the Pekinese after emergency spinal surgery which saved his life.

Rocco the Pekinese is recovering from life-changing surgery. Picture: Sarah MatraySource:Herald Sun

IT will be a very merry Christmas for Rocco the Pekinese after emergency spinal surgery which saved his life.

The two-year-old was rushed into surgery yesterday morning with a leading Victorian canine spinal surgeon at the Pet Emergency and Specialist Centre in Malvern after he ruptured a disc in his spine on Friday.

The difficult spinal surgery can cost up to $5000 which owners John and Deanna Ahlberg from Wallington could not afford.

The retired couple had to contemplate putting down their family pet only a day before Christmas.

But luckily the Pet Medical Crisis Fund stepped in with a Christmas present of $1000 and in the spirit of Christmas, the surgery to chipped in $1000 too.

Mr Ahlberg was over the moon Rocco could be saved and said it was the best Christmas present ever.

“Rocco would have been in big trouble if he didn’t have surgery, we are just so happy,’’ he said.

“It was an expensive operation and we are so thankful the surgeon who helped us out, it is a really nice Christmas present.

“And they are pretty confident he will walk again.’’

Pet Medical Crisis Fund chief executive officer Jennifer Hunt said it was great to help a pet in need so close to Christmas.

“The fact that it was Christmas and they may have had to put him down because the surgery was so expensive was heart breaking, so we did as much as we could.

“Rocco is such a sweet little dog and the family had only lost another Pekinese in June.

“Now he will get to celebrate another Christmas.’’

Rocco will spend Christmas Day in hospital but is expected to be able to go home on Boxing Day.

To donate to the crisis fund visit

Originally published as Spinal surgery saves Rocco’s life

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Meaghan and great mate Freya, who is back on her feet after an operation to remove an nectarine pip. Picture: Wayne Taylor
Meaghan and great mate Freya, who is back on her feet after an operation to remove an nectarine pip. Picture: Wayne Taylor


Christian Tatman, Mornington Peninsula Leader

February 19, 2018 12:00am

WHEN blue heeler cross Freya was ill, her best mates Meaghan and hubby David feared their beloved pooch had heatstroke.

But when Freya refused to eat or drink and was disinterested in her family, they knew it was far more serious.

The Toogarook couple took Freya to Peninsula Vet Care Rosebud, where Dr Dr Ben Porter discovered the source of the problem during an examination — a nectarine pip possibly dropped by a bird in the family’s garden.

Dr Porter said the pip had been stuck in Freya’s small intestine before it was removed during surgery under full anaesthetic.

He said Freya — possibly the toughest dog he had ever come across — had made a full recovery post surgery.

For Meaghan and David, there was no question about going ahead with the operation — despite still paying off vet bills for other treatments.

“She’s such a beautiful girl. She’s always wonderful with the kids,” Meaghan said. “She’s one in a million.”

The Pet Medical Crisis Fund (PMCF) — a not for profit, volunteer run charity, that assists disadvantaged pet owners who cannot afford surgery to keep their pet alive — stepped in with $1000 to help with the latest bill.

Fund head Jennifer Hunt said Freya was an important part of her family’s life.

“It is the generosity of the public and our Facebook community that enables this work to be done,” she said.

“We are just the front line that get the joy of telling them that like-minded people are enabling this to happen — wanting their girl to survive and go home again.”

To support the Pet Medical Crisis Fund, click here

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Andy and best mate Fergus are back together after his dog became ill and the Pet Medical Crisis Fund stepped in to help out. Picture: Chris Eastman
Andy and best mate Fergus are back together after his dog became ill and the Pet Medical Crisis Fund stepped in to help out. Picture: Chris Eastman


Christian Tatman, Frankston Standard Leader

May 24, 2016 12:00pm

WHEN four-year-old black Labrador Fergus wants to “smooch” owner Andy, there’s no holding him back.

The pair share a close bond and Fergus likes to show his love for Andy.

“A big kiss on the face is a treat,” the Frankston man said with a broad smile.

“He is very friendly, big and crazy,” Andy added.

But once four-year-old Fergus — Andy’s seeing eye dog — gets his harness on, there’s no messing about.

“When he gets his harness on, he’s at work. It’s all business. There’s no mucking around.”

Andy, who is blind, recently got a shock when he realised Fergus was seriously ill.

“He would not get out of bed — normally he is jumping around,” Andy said.

“He would not eat, drink or get off his bed. It was totally out of his nature.”

A trip to the vet confirmed the worst with two tumours found in Fergus’s stomach.

“It was horrible. He is my guide dog and he is also my best mate,” Andy said.

“He helps me out more than he knows. It was distressing.”

Andy was particularly upset because he could not afford the veterinary surgery.

The Karingal Vet Hospital stepped in with a discounted rate and the Pet Medical Crisis Fund (PMCF) also kicked in $1000 to help out.

PMCF Jennifer Hunt said the organisation was keen to help, particularly as Fergus was Andy’s seeing eye dog and constant companion.

“Fergus came through major surgery and had two large tumours removed from his intestinal wall,” she said.

“Fergus is now resting comfortably at home with his dad looking after him for a change.”R

Andy was rapt with the support from the PMCF — a not for profit, volunteer run charity, that assists disadvantaged pet owners who cannot afford surgery to keep their pet alive.

“It’s amazing there’s good people around,” he said.

Andy still needs to find about $1000 to pay for Fergus’ operation.

Tax deductible donations under “Fergus” name can be made at

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