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What is the Stryker Fund?

In March, 2022 a cat named Stryker brought into the clinic.

Stryker was in critical condition with a urinary blockage. He was brought in from a rural area and his family couldn't afford the necessary surgery, so the family had to make the difficult decision to surrender him to our local shelter to get him the life-saving treatment he needed.

The family brought him directly to the clinic, where we handled the surrender paperwork. They were very upset, but through tears told us that they would do whatever they needed to do to see Stryker live, even if it meant he wouldn't live with them. 

After admitting Stryker, we sat and spoke with the family, who shared with us that Stryker wasn't originally their cat, it had belonged to their daughter, who had passed away the previous year. It was their final link to their daughter, and they couldn't afford his surgery so they had to say goodbye.

Due to their selfless act, Stryker survived. He’s a fighter and is now healthy again.

When you're faced with a situation like this, it's normal to feel helpless, and accept that sometimes this is what happens. And it is. We've all seen cases like this working in veterinary care, but the staff at Coast Mountain never want to see something so heartbreaking happen in our area again. So, we started the Stryker Fund.

The Stryker Fund, in honour of Stryker’s story, was created to pay for one-off surgeries with expected good outcomes. It supports the special cases where families cannot afford to pay for this surprise expense and would otherwise see the pet euthanized or surrendered.

We expect this fund will not only help our clients when faced with heartbreaking conditions, but also support our local shelter, Whistler Animals GaloreWAG has been a longtime partner of Coast Mountain Veterinary Services and we are happy to work with their support on this initiative to help keep pets in their homes and out of shelters.

How do you qualify?

We will have strict guidelines to qualify for this fund.

If your animal needs emergency care, our staff will walk you through the steps to qualify for The Stryker Fund. The guidelines are set to avoid any misuse or abuse of allocated funds to support the special case. The case must be presented to the fund’s board of directors and signed off, we will also consult any necessary outside specialists or shelter staff to make informed decisions.

Not everyone will qualify. But Coast Mountain Veterinary Services and its partners will make the best decision on a case-by-case basis.

All of our patients who qualify for use of the fund will be featured on our website and social media channels.

How can you help?

Donate!

If you would like to donate to the Stryker Fund, we are accepting donations by means of etransfer.You can send your donation to: [email protected] Please note that it’s a Stryker Fund donation.

We’re also coming up with new ways to raise money within the hospital, stay tuned for special donation events like nail trim days and pet portraits by donation. We’re happy to offer these opportunities to our community so come by and support the cause with your pet!Coast Mountain Veterinary Services will also be donating $1 from select services to go towards the fund, so just by being a client, you’re helping us help others.

Have a credit on your account with us? You’re welcome to donate that too! 

Corporate Donations

If you would like to support us as a business, we can provide you with a donation jar, and materials to reach out to your own clients to help raise money, a receipt will be provided for your contribution.Larger corporate donations can be handled by contacting our offices or emailing: [email protected]

This is a community project, and we love being able to shout out others in the community that support local initiatives, so we’re excited to partner with you and shine a spotlight on what you’re doing!

If we can do something else with you to help raise money, let us know. If you’re game, so are we.

Our First Recipient of Funding:

🐾 Zeus 🐾

Zeus was the first recipient of help from The Stryker Fund.

At just two years old, Zeus was hit by a pickup truck near his home just north of Whistler and suffered a severe break to his hind leg.

Zeus's very dedicated family desperately tried to come up with the amount of money needed for a repair at another hospital, but with time running out, and not able to produce the over $10k needed, they opted instead to amputate the limb under medical recommendation.

Zeus was the first recipient of help from The Stryker Fund.

At just two years old, Zeus was hit by a pickup truck near his home just north of Whistler and suffered a severe break to his hind leg.

Zeus's very dedicated family desperately tried to come up with the amount of money needed for a repair at another hospital, but with time running out, and not able to produce the over $10k needed, they opted instead to amputate the limb under medical recommendation.

Zeus's amputation was performed by Dr. Dayton and Dr. Sola and he was back up on his remaining paws and ready to play in a matter of days!

Since then Zeus has adapted well to his new life as a tripod, and is enjoying his summer playing with the other family pets. 

We're so happy we could help ease the financial burden of Zeus's care on his loving family who were already emotionally devastated seeing him in pain.

It's a delight to see Zeus living his best three-legged life with his family, and seeing The Stryker Fund already making a difference.

Thank you so much!