Linda’s Ministries is a non-profit 501(c)(3) discretionary veterinary fund whose mission is to provide financial assistance for the health needs of pets whose owners are facing a difficult situation. The fund’s specific purpose is to help families and individuals at a time of crisis, when it is difficult to find the resources to provide necessary veterinary care for their beloved pets. By doing so, it is hoped that a burden may be lightened and potentially prevent pet owners who are already in turmoil from having to part with their pets for financial reasons. The goal of Linda’s Ministries is to help preserve and strengthen the human-animal bond.
During 2012, Linda’s Ministries has been showing up at many community events, including:
– The 2012 Highland Festival Parade, where Linda’s beloved German Shorthair Pointer, Molli, served as our “Grand Marshal Dog”
– State Road Animal Hospital staff competed in the annual bed race at the Ithaca Summer Fun Fest in August. The Linda’s Ministries team brought home the 2nd Place ribbon!
– Linda’s Ministries sponsored a decorated Christmas tree at Coming Home to Alma event in December. SRAH staff distributed puppy chow people treats and informative brochures.
The Squirt’s Fund was changed to Linda’s Ministries in 2012. We have done this in honor of Linda Baracy, a staff member at State Road Animal Hospital who lost her life in a tragic accident as she was leaving work just a few days after Christmas in 2011. We renamed this fund not just because of the suddenness of her loss to us, but because she embodied the spirit of this fund more than anyone we have ever known. Her life was dedicated to the service of others, and that service was on display through her actions every day of her life. Linda never asked for nor received the recognition she deserved in this life. She simply went about making things better for people “one act of kindness at a time.” It is in remembrance of her dedication to helping those in need that we recognize Linda in her eternal life.
When someone like Linda enters your life, you cannot help but be a better, more fulfilled person as a result. We feel the same way about Linda’s Ministries. Up until now, Squirt’s Fund has done an admirable job of assisting individuals and families in crisis with their pets’ health care needs. Yet, there are ways in which we have dreamt this fund could have a broader impact, both locally and beyond. And given the overwhelming response to Linda’s Ministries in the past year, we believe we are on the verge of growing this fund to encompass this much larger vision. We encourage everyone to stay tuned to what is in store for this fund – it will be an exciting year of growth and inspiration. What a great tribute to a life of giving and serving!