Our story

In 2009, my Border Collie Jed was eight years old. He was playing with my 4 year old son, James, on the beach, when our world changed. While chasing seagulls, Jed ruptured several discs in his back. This started a series of several major operations over three years, each costing many thousands of dollars.

We were so fortunate to be able to afford his treatment and keep Jed with us. Without funds, the only option for Jed would have been euthanasia.

This tragic experience inspired us to establish the Pet Medical Crisis Fund in 2010 in order to support pensioners / disadvantaged owners to meet the high cost of veterinary care. Since then we have distributed approximately $350,000 to 450 pets and continue to provide a much-needed service to our community.

Today, Jed can't walk independently; instead he relies on us to carry his back end with the aid of a special sling. He is still full of life and continues to bring us great joy, unconditional love and inspiration.

Our Purpose

Pet Medical Crisis Fund raises funds to assist with the costs medical intervention for companion pets in Victoria, where the pet owner's inability to fund the care would otherwise result in death or significantly impact quality of life.

Our Team

Jennifer Hunt

Jennifer is an experienced Registered Nurse who has specialised in road trauma, research in anaesthesia, crisis management and nursing. As founder of the PMCF, Jennifer has worked as an unpaid volunteer since the inception of the PMCF to bring veterinary care to some of Victoria's most vulnerable and desperate pet-loving-pensioners.

Governance

  • PCMF is a not-for-profit registered charity.
  • PMCF has Deductible Gift Recipient status. This means all donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible; PMCF has income and GST exemptions.
  • The distribution of funds is made based on specific eligibility criteria. PMCF are not able to meet the needs of all applicants' veterinary needs. They are a last port-of-call once all other avenues of funding have been exhausted, where unnecessary euthanizing is being considered due to the financial constraints of the owner.
  • PMCF makes every effort to make informed and consistent decisions based on the merits of each application.