“Luna always knows when we’re sad and can cheer us up. She makes everyone smile. She helps me get through the stresses of being in nursing school—especially with everything that’s happening right now! Luna is our best friend and does everything with us. I can’t imagine a life without her. Thanks to the animal lovers
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“I lost my Mom last Mother’s Day. She adored Scarlet! Now when Scarlet cuddles me or stays by my side, it feels like it’s a part of my Mom still with me. We’re just so grateful that you’re giving Scarlet back some quality of life. Thank you for saving my daughter’s and our other dog’s
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“ERDF offered to cover the entirety of his vet bills for his overnight care which was impossible for us to afford. In an instant, we went from grieving for a family member to having hope that our friend will stay in our lives. Thank you will never be enough for the deed this foundation bestowed
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“If it wasn’t for every one of you that supports Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, he wouldn’t be here to keep being our cuddle bug and protector. We will be forever thankful and are humbled by your gift to our family.” – Groot [button title="GROOT'S LOVE STORY" link="https://elliesrainydayfund.org/love-story/groot/" size="2"] Groot In Groot's Words... Hello! Wanna play?
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“Thankfully, our vet partners with Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund. They saved my girl, my first baby! My husband, son & the rest of our pack couldn’t be more thankful for the work that ERDF & those that donate to it, do for families just like us. The relief you provided for us has felt like
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“We were able to keep our sweet boy—in the midst of my being furloughed and my son’s hours being cut due to COVID-- because people give money to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund to help keep families like ours together. I can’t begin to express what that has meant to me. I just lost my Dad
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“We were all so terrified we were going to lose him. We’re so thrilled to have him home. We can’t thank you enough. I can’t believe other people care about us enough to help us get Buddy’s treatment. Thanks to you and your supporters, our family is whole, and our hearts are full!” – Buddy's
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“When Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund made his surgery possible, I was beyond grateful. I would’ve lost him. I couldn’t have done it by myself. And now with being furloughed not only am I thankful from a financial standpoint but also because rather than facing this with a grieving heart, I’m getting through it with snuggles
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“I’ve often told my family that when I bury Sophie, they’re going to have to bury me with her. I just can’t imagine living without her. Because of ERDF I don’t have to. Sophie was able to get the immediate care she needed and I know we will be able to share many more years of
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“I did not know what to do, but I continued to pray and to save any little bit of extra money I could.  Then our vet contacted Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, the answer to my prayers.  Currently we are in the middle of testing to see what can be done for our girl.   No matter
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“Brody has his whole life ahead of him! The specialist said he could fix him up so that he could move as well as before. But it looked like finances were going to stand in the way of that happening. I cried with joy when I found out that Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund was going
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“Eddie is my company, my comfort, and my friend. He is the only family I have left. The best days are “super snuggle Saturdays” when I hold him against my chest while relaxing on the couch and we nap or watch TV.  Without Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, Eddie’s quality of life would’ve been compromised and I
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“When the ER vet told us that Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund would help, a huge weight was lifted off our shoulders. Our sweet angel wasn’t going to wonder what happened yet again. We get to be there for her just the way we desperately wanted to. My husband is back to sitting on the couch
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“My girl is back thanks to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund.  She is back to being the social butterfly that goes to greet everyone.  (You know, she would lick a burglar to death if one broke in J). She is back to howling with the tornado sirens and asking me to scratch her floppy ears. If
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“We were at an end in being able to get care for my baby and then you came out of nowhere, giving us back our kitty’s life.  When they brought him to me after four days of being apart, he gingerly crawled up on my shoulder and tucked his head under my chin.  When he
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“I’ll go to heaven forever being thankful to the people that give you money so that folks like me don’t end up being alone.” – Buffy's Mom [button title="BUFFY'S LOVE STORY" link="https://elliesrainydayfund.org/love-story/buffy/" size="2"] Just use this at top:  “I’ll go to heaven forever being thankful to the people that give you money so that folks
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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.