“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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“If you donate to ERDF, we want you to know you truly changed our lives. I thought I would have to watch Pepper die on our kitchen floor. Instead, I was reminded that even in hard times, there are people out there with hearts of gold. We are forever grateful. God Bless you all!” –
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“When the physical therapist said Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund was going to help, I started bawling like a baby. It’s been such a tough year. It’s good to know there are still caring people in the world. People who give a little because they want to be involved. It takes everyone to help this world
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“I cried hard for 10 minutes when I found out Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund was going to help. I felt such gratitude and such relief. I want to thank each and every person who has ever donated. You gave my child a second chance. You kept my family together!” – Nova's Mom [button title="NOVA'S LOVE
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“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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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.