Friends of the NCVMA Foundation Supports The Francis Fund of Haywood County

Philanthropic Arm of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association Makes $750 Donation to Nonprofit Animal Care Organization

Waynesville, NC, February 13, 2013 --( The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association ( has announced that the Friends of the NCVMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the organization, donated $750 to The Francis Fund of Haywood County. This donation supports the fund’s work to help sick and injured animals who are abandoned or homeless, as well as the pets of people who are in need of financial assistance. The Francis Fund helps pay for emergency procedures deemed necessary by a veterinarian, including diagnosis, surgery and medicines, and works to provide financial aid to owners whose pets are victims of poisoning, broken bones, wounds or car accidents. The organization’s goal is to see the animals restored to as fit a physical condition as possible.

NCVMA Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Kristen Hammett and District 11 representative Dr. Tom Kuhn selected The Francis Fund of Haywood Country for this donation. Fund administrators Leslie Denman, registered veterinary technician, and Joanna Swanson accepted the donation from Dr. Hammett.

“We are pleased to be able to support The Francis Fund Of Haywood County,” said Claire Holley, executive director of the NCVMA. “The organization’s mission to provide compassionate care to all animals, regardless of the ability of the owner or anyone else to cover the cost, is truly admirable. We are honored to support their numerous charitable efforts.”

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- All financial aid that the Francis Fund provides to care for these animals is given directly to the animal hospital involved in the care of the pet. No money is sent directly to pet owners.

- Dr. Kristen Hammett is the owner of the Animal Hospital of Waynesville.

- Dr. Tom Kuhn is a veterinarian with Animal Hospital East in Asheville, N.C.

About The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association:
The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to compassionate animal care and quality medicine. The NCVMA promotes integrity and excellence in veterinary medicine, provides the highest quality continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through public relations and marketing efforts to the public and governing officials, lobbies on behalf of the interests of the entire profession, and serves as an advocate and voice for veterinary medicine in the state. For more information, visit, or call (800) 446-2862 or (919) 851-5850.

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