Cristabel is a kind-hearted mother of three sons who sadly all have medical conditions and disabilities. Cristabel suffers also with PTSD and narcolepsy, but rather than dwell on the negatives in life she decided to share kindness by rescuing horses and dogs over the last few years. Her 3-year-old Dachshund ‘Ducky’ had a really tough start to life after being bred by a back yard breeder. She had all sorts of injuries which set the family back nearly $6000, however ‘Ducky’ has still been training to be an assistance dog for the Mother and kids.

Tragically ‘Ducky’ was bitten in one of the first cases of snake bites to come to us in 2019. After already having one shot of antivenin that costs $1000 she started dropping her oxygen saturation and the chances of her survival became less due to the lack of a second shot. PMC had already spent our maximum to help Cristabel and her family save the cute little lady.

Cristabel went on to explain “It was only a few days ago Bojangles our rescue horse was found dead in the paddock so to be hit with this two nights later has no words. Losing both would be like a punishment beyond understanding.” Cristabel said in a broken voice.

Animal Referral Hospital in Essendon Fields cared for ‘Ducky’ and applied a 25% discount for the proud Mum. After some great case-work, PMC managed to get the second shot of antivenin donated free-of-charge by the incredibly generous ‘Summerland Serums’ and John Curtin, working in with support from the team at ‘ProVet’.

Receptionist Corrine from Essendon Fields was tearful when Pet Medical Crisis secured a second vial of antivenin. Ducky’s life lay in the balance and when Corrine went home the previous night it was with trepidation that she’d not see her again. On returning to work next morning Ducky greeted her with a tail wag, a lick and stood up on her four legs for the first time since being admitted with a deadly snakebite.

“There is no doubt about it – she would have been dead without your help!” “She was over the moon to see me, doing her little excited whimper that she does, but still very weak. The swelling in her face had almost completely gone.” Said mum Cristabel.

‘Ducky’ was transferred to the Lort Smith for her next round of care. ‘Ducky’ the brave little girl could not eat for a few days and her throat was swollen initially, and she looked a little like she’s about to go scuba diving with all her tubes.

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.


June 19th, 2019 10:00am

Mum Carol visits her desperately ill boy in hospital

Mum Carol Watt from Kerang couldn’t give up on her boy Puss-Puss who saved her life 8 months ago when she felt suicidal. In financial crisis though she had nowhere else to turn.

350 mls of pus was drained from Puss-Puss’s chest cavity and with a $1,000 donation from PMC and another large single donation of $1,000 from one of our supporters, Carol and her 10 yo daughter were relieved of the financial burden and were able to get their loved boy home again to make all of their lives that much sweeter.

Pets bring untold mental health therapy – and securing that bond for owners in necessitous circumstances is what Pet Medical Crisis do best.

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An owner’s inability to afford urgent veterinary care creates a huge strain on owners, family and vets.

One family from Mildura were adopted by their friend’s Neopolitan Mastiff “Kitty” 4 years ago – she chose them and there was nothing else to discuss.

Single Mum Bianca and her 2 children Zane and Shakira valued her protection and all those layers of love and sharing that came with her.

Sadly Kitty responded to an intruder and attempted to jump the fence. She was admitted to the wonderful Benetook Vet Mildura but she was unable to afford the cost of urgently needed care.

Pet Medical Crisis were able to donate $450 for hospitalisation, intravenous medication and care. Sadly nothing could be done and Kitty passed away.

Our deepest sympathy to Bianca, Zane and Shakira.

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.



August 19, 2019 10:00am

When single Mum Anna adopted 2 kittens from RSPCA everything was terrific. She had young children, security and the promise of prosperous days ahead.

Turns for the worse couldn’t have been more unexpected and when her Ally became unwell, she was devastated to not be able to afford her veterinary care.

Nurse Kim from Casey Vet Pakenham called on Pet Medical Crisis and after a significant discount on Waffle’s veterinary costs it was determined that she had ingested poison. With prompt hospitalisation and treatment her prognosis was good – but Anna simply couldn’t afford the cost.

Pet Medical Crisis donated $1,000 to give this sweet girl the chance to get over-the-line and home to her loving family.

Unfortunately, Waffles was becoming more and more unwell. Through her heartbreak, Anna had to choose to give her angel her eternal wings.

Our deepest sympathy and respect to this heartbroken family.

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.



Circumstances have often taken a turn-for-the-worse for many of the pensioners we assist. Mum Leonie previously held high paying positions. With 4 children in her care who desperately wanted a puppy, she adopted an unwanted Shitzu Cavalier Spaniel when he was 10 weeks old.

Over time Leonie has succumbed to mental health issues. Baxter became her baby and she couldn’t be without him. “He is my only companion – my reason to get up and always by my side. He has the sweetest, most gentle personality.”

Baxter is 13 now and has pain from his teeth cavities and gum disease. He also has a growth on his back which he is starting to try to get at.

Leonie was offered a payment plan by a vet but she couldn’t come up with a deposit for half.

Pet Medical Crisis arranged for Baxter to be seen at Southern Animal Health and thanks to our donation he had his teeth cleaned, 5 removed and the nasty growth on his back removed.

Thanks to PMC, Baxter is back home by his loving Mum’s side.

Leonie said: “I am so grateful to have been able to get this done and as soon as I can, I will donate back.”

Pet Medical Crisis relies on public donations to assist pensioners and disadvantaged owners who cannot afford life-saving veterinary care.



A well known homeless duo, Mungo Andrew and Ernie have been struggling to find a place to live, mainly because most rentals don’t want a dog. But not Sarah from Langwarrin who last week rented out a room in her home to this top team.

Ernie got on extremely well with Sarah’s 2 Heelers and Doberman X and said ‘Ernie is a grouse dog, well behaved, gets on well with other dogs and just loves everyone’.

Life was looking on the up when Mungo took Ernie along with him to mow a lawn in Karingal. Tragically they were involved in a serious car accident, leaving them both in a critical condition.

Mungo was taken to hospital in an ambulance and the wonderful CFA stayed with Ernie and got him to Karingal Vet.

Without the owner to vouch for payment, Karingal Vet never missed a beat. They rushed Ernie straight in to emergency surgery for a ruptured spleen. Nurse Sarah contacted Pet Medical Crisis (PMC) and we were able to donate our maximum but more was needed. On hearing of the case, donations came flooding in from a wonderfully supportive community and Second Chance Rescue offered to cover the bill.

Here’s a little clip of Ernie getting ready to be discharged home to Sarah and waiting for his Dad to get out of intensive care. He’s been a wonderfully popular patient – and we can see just why.

Thanks to: Ambulance Victoria; CFA Langwarrin and Karingal; Karingal Vet; Landlord Sarah; Pet Medical Crisis; the extraordinary community and Rescued With Love. What a top team!!!!

Mungo and Ernie went on to both make full recoveries and are reunited in health.


Pet Medical Crisis received a plea for help via our online application form. Single Mother Kim from Frankston has 2 gorgeous kids and an 8 yo Staffy called Jack.

“I rescued Jack when he was 15months old. Allegedly he was used for fighting but his soft nature wasn’t suitable to fight, so he was surrendered.”

“My staffy Jack is more than a pet. He has been my rock, my go-to-guy, my emotional support. I suffer from anxiety and PTSD due to a domestic violence relationship we left 5 years ago. Jack has cuddled me in the hardest times and protected me when I’ve been afraid. He is my daughter’s best friend, he hasn’t left her side from the minute she was born.

Jack became unwell and appeared to be in pain. Kim spent 3 days having him seen at 2 vets and finally, a diagnosis of the splenic tumour was given. Unable to finalise payment for his diagnostic tests she was unable to get his urgent surgery done and given the possibility of a spontaneous and catastrophic bleed, he was referred to Lort Smith. Despite their generous discount and payment plan, Kim couldn’t afford the 50% deposit needed.

Pet Medical Crisis organised for Jack to go directly to Southern Animal Health in Cheltenham where he was taken straight into the theatre for a splenectomy. He came through the surgery well but had to go back to surgery as he was bleeding internally.

I want to thank Pet Medical Crisis – just when everything was getting too much you guys called me and sorted everything out. Words can’t describe my gratitude.

Sadly Jack passed away shortly after his 2nd surgery. Kim was relieved to have been able to give her boy a chance thanks to Pet Medical Crisis.

June 19th, 2019 10:00am

Shepparton resident Michael Hoye was given Riggy, a White Shepherd, almost 12 months ago but he was initially hesitant to accept the puppy because he knew dogs came with a lot of responsibility.

However, the pair instantly bonded and have been inseparable ever since.

‘‘Everywhere I go, he comes with me, he’s my baby boy,’’ Mr Hoye said.

Unfortunately, their special bond was nearly torn apart when Riggy was hit by a car in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

A distraught Mr Hoye rushed Riggy to the vet and discovered he had a haemorrhaged lung, dislocated hip, and a fractured shoulder blade.

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June 20th, 2019 10:00am

Mum Rachel said: “I’m a single Mum with 12 and 14 year old daughters.
I feel I’ve tried everything that’s available to me. I first noticed the lump back in December and have been trying since then to source the funds.  It’s grown 10 times as big in 6 months and is at risk of claiming her life

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