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BirchBark Foundation

Organization Mission

BirchBark Foundation protects and honors the human-animal bond through financial assistance to vulnerable families faced with unaffordable medical expenses to save the life of a pet, and supports all families with education and pet loss counseling programs.

2023 marks BirchBark’s ten-year anniversary of serving our community.

The Big Idea 2023:
Love Heals

When a pet has a health crisis with a good prognosis, the unique love of a family animal must never be lost simply due to cost. BirchBark will provide stability to vulnerable families faced with fixable, but unaffordable, urgent veterinary care.

Our goal is to provide healing love and save the lives of 100 pets with Santa Cruz Gives donor funds. Hundreds of people will benefit, because most households have one to six people. In addition, we help our veterinary partners, who often must euthanize pets and are extremely affected emotionally when clients do not have financial resources to save their animals’ lives.

Santa Cruz County has a population of 273,000 with an estimated 60,000 dogs, and likely as many cats. There are 59 veterinary premise licenses in the county, and 273 veterinarians licensed. We estimate that 25%, or 30,000 pets, are owned by seniors, low-income families, or marginalized populations.

I look at this dog and he fills a spot in my heart. I thank BirchBark for saving him, I could not say enough about how grateful I am and how much you mean to us for helping save his life.


B.J., Soquel