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Meeshee is alive thanks to you!

Meeshee is my family. Since my husband recently died, followed by my mom and both in-laws, it’s just the two of us. She’s all my support.

I’m still recovering from breast cancer surgery, and Meeshee stayed by my side through all my treatment. When the chemo wore me out so badly that I had to crawl upstairs to go to bed, she laid at the top of the steps and encouraged me on.

I always try to put Meeshee’s needs before my own, but I’m on disability and no matter what I tried, I couldn’t fi nd a way to aff ord the x-rays, dental surgery & medications she needed.

When I found out Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund could help, I was in tears. You are such a blessing to me and other families who need help with their pets. Please thank your supporters for me. There is no way I would still have my girl without all of you.

Partnering with YOU!

  • $110,000 from you / 33% increase from 2017
  • 100% of your donations spent on veterinary care

Since 2015, YOU have made possible:

  • Veterinary care for 135 companion animals
  • 75 of them with Emergency/Specialty Hospitals
  • $195,000 spent keeping families together by saving their pets’ lives

Board of Directors

Sue Wagner


Adjunct Faculty
The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Arthur Helmstetter


Nonprofit Consultant
MBA University of Dayton

Ashley Wiese


Regional Medical Director
MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets

Paul Moyer


Dayton Eye Associates

Executive Director

Juli Burnell


Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund Founder
Psychologist, University of Dayton, Retired

How We Work

Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund partners with veterinarians in the Miami Valley area to help families who might otherwise have to surrender or euthanize their animal companions.

We recognize that our member practitioners are best qualified to determine which clients require support, so Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund is administered ONLY through our partner veterinary practices.

Our model provides the opportunity for a true partnership with the client contributing what they are able, the treating veterinarian discounting their services, and ERDF funding the remainder.