“Luke is no longer in pain. He will likely be able to move normally and resume his kitten antics once he heals. That’s all thanks to generous people we don’t even know who use Ellie’s Fund as a way to help other families who love pets like they do. I’ve lived with pets since I
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“We had no idea how we were going to afford to help Roscoe, and weren't sure if we had to make a choice to put him down. That was an unbearable choice for us, until Dr McKinsey mentioned there might be a way to have his foreign object surgery without needing to put him down.
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“You have no idea how thankful we all are. I cried until I couldn’t open my eyes. For this to have been a real option and to receive this help is truly something I can never say thank you for enough. All we want is a healthy puppy that can live the happiest life possible
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“Barney could’ve died and I could’ve remained homeless trying to get him the surgery to save him—if it weren’t for you! I’ve called all my friends and told them the folks who give to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund are the answer to my prayers.” – Barney's Mom [button title="BARNEY'S LOVE STORY" link="https://elliesrainydayfund.org/love-story/barney/" size="2"] Barney What
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“I am overwhelmed with the generosity of the donors of Ellie's Rainy Day Fund. You are such a blessing. I am overjoyed with knowing he will never suffer again. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!—for giving our guy back a normal life and for protecting our newly formed family.” – Bryan's Mom [button
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“We’re blessed to have Twin Maples Vets and the supporters of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund as part of our extended family. Your making the surgery happen was the best news I’ve ever received in my life. Words can’t begin to express what this means to our family, especially to Jazzy.” – Pumpkin's Mom [button title="PUMPKIN'S
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“We’re so thankful that Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund is giving us the best chance to get Jax through his surgery complications. We are financially strained already from the huge vet bills we’ve paid to get this far. I would do anything I could to keep Jax in my life. He’s truly my best friend. It
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“It’s amazing to us that so many people care about us and other dog families and give money to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund to keep sad things from happening. Marlin has made such an impact on our lives, and now so have you. I honestly wouldn’t know what to do without him. Thank you for
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“All the people who give to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund were there to save our boy again. I burst into tears then and I still get teary now thinking about what you did. Petey’s out of the hospital now and he’s back home snuggling. He’s even beginning to look for his ball. THANK YOU for
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“Are you one of the people who donates to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund?  If you are, I’m forever in your debt for saving my boy’s life!” – Bing Bings's Mom [button title="BING BING'S LOVE STORY" link="https://elliesrainydayfund.org/love-story/bing-bing/" size="2"] Pebbles BING-BING’S LOVE STORY  approved 6/20/21 When my mother was dying (she passed in June, 2019) and all
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“Pebbles is our baby. She’s such a huge part of us. I can’t imagine life without her! I don’t know what our daughter would do if she lost her only friend! Thanks to your supporters we won’t have to go through the heartbreak of not being able to afford properly diagnosing and treating her. Pebbles
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“I’m still speechless that there are people who donate to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund to help people like me. I feel like they understood my utter despair at not being able to give her a chance. Thank you for rescuing me from my desperation and giving my Millie back to me.” – Millie's Mom [button
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“Thanks to all of you who support Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund my sweet boy is better than ever.  My whole family looks forward to many more years of cuddles and love.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” – Gus's Family [button title="GUS'S LOVE STORY" link="https://elliesrainydayfund.org/love-story/gus/" size="2"] Gus Hello!  I’m Gus.  I had a
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“Kevin and I struggled while thinking we could not afford to keep Cheick comfortable and full of life; but thanks to some great veterinarians and the donors of Ellie's Rainy Day Fund, we are able to continue making memories and enjoying the love Cheick brings to our home. I can’t tell you how comforting it
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“I can’t tell you how thankful I am for your help.  My paying part and your kind donors paying part has reminded me that I’m not alone.  It means so much to know there are people who value fur babies the way I do and who want to help keep those important relationships intact.  My
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“When I found out that Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund was going to help us, it took my breath away. The thought that people that I don’t even know care enough to keep my family together just blows me away. If I could, I would shake each and every one of your hands.” – Chunk's Dad
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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.