October 19, 2021


“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 in our family. Thank you so much for allowing Sandor an opportunity to heal and continue making us so happy!”
– Sandor's Mom


October 19, 2021


“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


October 18, 2021

Benefits of Senior Pets and How to Care for Them

Here at Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund we love pets of all shapes and sizes but this month we want to give some special attention to a very important group of pets—senior pets.


October 18, 2021


“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


October 18, 2021


“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 my daughter.”
– Pumpkin's Mom


September 22, 2021

Are You and Your Pet Ready for Their Surgery?

Your vet says your fur kid needs surgery! Does that make you nervous? That’s OK, you’re not alone.


August 13, 2021


“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 means so much to our family that there are other people who want to help us keep him in our lives.”
– Jax's Mom


July 26, 2021


“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 keeping us from having to find out.”
– Marvin's Mom


July 26, 2021

Roy LeMaster & Bill Yowler

Roy LeMaster & Bill Yowler

Solar is Freedom

My husband Bill and I live an environmentally-friendly life. We recycle, have two compost bins and have two rain barrels to use considerably less water so going solar was just the next step for us. Solar is Freedom, the solar company we got our solar panels from, is not only the number one solar company in Ohio,  but also a corporate sponsor of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund.   FULL STORY

July 22, 2021

In Search of the Perfect Pet Photo

What’s better on a rainy afternoon than perusing your social media and stumbling on a few adorable pet photos? If only some of them were YOUR posts featuring YOUR fur family. Whether you’re using a DSLR camera or a smartphone, taking pics of one pet or several, these suggestions will up your pet photography game! Which ones have you never thought of?


July 11, 2021


“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 saving my baby! We know down the road his eyes will still need fixing but right now we’re just focused on the fact that our family is still whole!”
– Petey's Mom


June 26, 2021

Bing Bing

“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


June 10, 2021

Reasons Why I Should Get a Puppy

13 year old Whitney had longed for a puppy to join her family for a long time.  So this past Spring, she did something about it. She spent her Spring Break researching scientific evidence to back her claim that having a pet is beneficial to kids’ development and really to the health of everyone in the family.


May 24, 2021

What’s in a Name?

How did you choose the name for your fur kid? Last year I adopted a dog from a rescue. They'd given him a temporary name and I knew I didn't want to keep that name, but choosing a replacement turned out to be more of a challenge than I had anticipated.


May 12, 2021


“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 is strong. Given this opportunity, she’ll do everything she can to stay with us. Thank you for rescuing us from being haunted by “what-ifs”. Thank you for giving Pebbles, and our family, a chance.”
– Pebbles's Mom


April 22, 2021

Want To Say Goodbye To Fleas and Ticks?

Spring has sprung and with it, flea and tick season has too. As much as we love our pets, sometimes they bring in unwelcome critters from outside that we’d rather live without.


April 13, 2021


“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


March 23, 2021

Tony Ranieri

Hero Highlight, Tony Ranieri

Solar is Freedom

What do you do in the midst of a pandemic when you hear that a kitty is going to be put to sleep because the family who adores her can’t afford her emergency surgery?

If you’re Tony Ranieri you ask “how much is needed?” and make the donation that saves her life! Tony thought about how often that happens and imagined what it would be like if it was his furry family member. And he said, “my corporation wants to help! Every month we want to help keep a family together by saving their pet’s life.” FULL STORY

March 22, 2021

Kevin Lively

Kevin Lively

In 2018, Kevin Lively’s family came home to find their beloved Beauceron, Cheick, disoriented and unresponsive. They were shocked to discover he had a rare calcium deficiency disorder that would have killed him, if not for the generosity of ERDF donors who made it possible for him to remain in the ICU until he was stabilized. FULL STORY

March 17, 2021

What Have You Been Waiting All Winter to Do With Your Fur Kids?

You’ve spent most of the last several months inside, staying warm, and oftentimes not around many other people. Now that Spring is just around the corner maybe you’re starting to think about all the fun activities you want to do with your fur buddies the second the weather breaks. Should you go camping? Shopping? Swimming? Work out? Go to the beach? Take a hike? Have a picnic? Go on a road trip?


February 1, 2021

4 x 4 x 48 Challenge

If you’ve ever lived with a dog or cat or any pet, you know that blissful feeling of getting home after a stressful day at the office and being greeted by your floof purring loudly or wagging their tail so enthusiastically that their entire body is just along for the ride. Is there really anything better than coming home to your fur kid who’s been waiting for your return all day, and wants to show you nothing but love? I don’t think so!


January 27, 2021


“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


January 27, 2021


“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 was to know his medical care was covered. Thank you, thank you, thank you Ellie's Rainy Day Fund!”
– The Lively Family


January 24, 2021

What Will They Do When You’re Gone?

Have you ever thought about what would happen to your furry family members if you suddenly passed? Would they be cared for by a friend or family member or end up in a shelter? In our present circumstances, it’s something more folks have started to consider.


January 22, 2021


“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 kitties are my other children.  THANK YOU for keeping my family whole.”
– Ralph's Mom & Sister


January 8, 2021


“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


January 2, 2021

Pepper & T’Challa

“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!”
– Pepper & T’Challa's Mom


January 2, 2021


“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 be a better place.”
– Milo's Dad


December 30, 2020


“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


November 22, 2020

Luna E.

“Luna is our best friend and does everything with us. I can’t imagine a life without her. Thanks to the animal lovers who support Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, I won’t have to. You’ve kept our family together and we will be forever grateful!”
– Luna's Mom


November 9, 2020

Scarlet D.

“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 best friend. Thank you to everyone that donates for keeping our family whole.”
– Scarlet's Mom


October 26, 2020


If you’ve ever lived with a dog or cat or any pet, you know that blissful feeling of getting home after a stressful day at the office and being greeted by your floof purring loudly or wagging their tail so enthusiastically that their entire body is just along for the ride. Is there really anything better than coming home to your fur kid who’s been waiting for your return all day, and wants to show you nothing but love? I don’t think so!


October 12, 2020


“Thank you will never be enough for the deed this foundation bestowed upon us, and what they continue to do for the community. Everyday Mowgli is still meowing and swiping at my feet, I have the donors of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund to thank. They saved his life.”
– Mowgli's Dad


September 22, 2020

Early Cancer Detection in Dogs and Cats: Early Signs and What to Do If You See Them

It’s early on a Thursday morning and you’re drinking your coffee, reading the news, about to wake the kids, and suddenly you hear the phone ring. It’s the call you’ve been dreading, it’s the vet. They’re calling to tell you that they’ve gotten your pet’s test results back and have diagnosed Fluffy with cancer. Your heart sinks.


September 17, 2020


“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's Mom


September 10, 2020


“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 a dream! Everyone of you who gives to this fund is a huge blessing to us!”
– Zara's Mom


September 7, 2020


“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 in March, and my Father-In-Law late last year. Family means everything to me. Thank you so much for preventing tragedy and giving us more years of love.”
– Link's Mom


September 7, 2020


“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 Dad, Sister & Grandsister


August 30, 2020


“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 from my baby boy.”
– Hemi's Mom


August 20, 2020

Diabetes in Dogs & Cats

Although we probably don’t think about it too often, our pets can get diabetes just like us. In fact, it’s very common in cats and dogs and is even on the rise in both species. However, just because your beloved furbaby has diabetes, they can still lead a happy and long life!


August 20, 2020

Sophie S.

“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 joy and cuddling. Thank you to every one of you that donates to help make that possible.”
– Sophie's Mom


August 1, 2020


“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 how this all turns out, I could not be more grateful for the BLESSING of just simply having the hope that’s being provided by all of you who support Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund.”
– Bella's Mom


July 23, 2020

Is That Dog In The Hot Car Going To Die?

You park at the grocery store to run in for some milk. You happen to look in the car next to you and you see a dog inside. It’s 80 degrees outside. The windows may or may not be cracked. The car may or may not be in the shade. The dog may or may not look in distress. What do you do?


July 23, 2020


“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 to help to make my boy whole again. He means everything to us and we just want to tell you we’ll be forever grateful that you saved him from a life of immobility and pain.”
– Brody's Mom


July 9, 2020


“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 might have had to face the isolation of my permanent disability without him.”
– Eddie's Mom


July 9, 2020


“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 so he doesn’t disturb Zoey who’s all curled up in his recliner. I’m back to having my lap completely covered and my face thoroughly “washed”. My sons are back to having 45 pounds of wagging flesh to romp with. Thanks to you our family is still whole.”
– Lindsey, Zoey's Mom


June 24, 2020


“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 you’re a supporter of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, thank you for returning Lola’s quality of life and for keeping us able to be the playful, cuddly dog family that every day brings us all joy.”
– Lola's Dad


June 22, 2020

Road Trip Vacations More Often Include Furry Family Members

Let’s face it, the world as we know it has changed since the onset of COVID-19. One thing that hasn’t changed is a human’s need for stress relief in the form of a vacation.


May 22, 2020

Where Did You Go? Helping Our Fur Kids Adjust to Another Big Schedule Change.

What if you were living the life of your dreams?  You used to be lonely but NOW your favorite people are always around and they’re paying lots of attention to you! OR, what if your nice quiet home has been invaded and you feel like you never get your quiet time alone?  Either way, in our fur kids’ lives things are about to drastically change.


May 19, 2020


“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 does that now at home, with his baby clothes on to protect his incision, and that silly cone around his neck, I still cry realizing how grateful I am to have all my family together as we weather all the changes in our lives. ”
– Teioh's Mom


May 8, 2020


“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


April 24, 2020

Pets Can Nurse Us Through Illness

Pets are known to have a sort of sixth sense for humans and illness. How many stories have you heard about a friend of a friend’s pet alerting them that something might be off with their health? When they finally decide to see a doctor, they have an actual medical ailment.


March 22, 2020

Are You Ready for a Fire?

Do you have a plan for ALL of your family in the event of a fire? Have you or a loved one ever gone through a structure fire? Do you worry about what would happen if one broke out in your home? 


February 28, 2020


“We were terrified when Baron was struggling to breathe. We rushed to get him help but we also knew we are facing huge medical bills for my husband and we were worried we couldn’t afford to save our baby. I was scared that if he lost Baron, my husband would lose his will to keep fighting his cancer. You can’t imagine what it was like to find out Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund was going to pay Baron’s bills. It felt like an angel came down from heaven. We can never thank you enough for keeping our family whole.”
– Baron's Mom


February 25, 2020

How Do I Love Thee? Here Are 10 Good Ways!

Sometimes the way our pets give and receive love can be different than with humans. You might think that the best way to your pup’s or kitty’s heart is through their stomach (and you’re not necessarily wrong), but a little too much love in that way is going to have them packing on the pounds quickly! 


February 21, 2020


“Parker was suffering. I want to give my animals everything I can, but I have a limited income. It was unbelievable to me when Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund said they would help. I was speechless. I just cried from joy. I had never even heard of this fund and here they are helping me out in time of need. I can’t thank the supporters of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund enough for what they did for my sweet precious Parker. Thank you for giving me back my comfort, my baby. I appreciate it more than words can say.”
– Parker's Mom


February 17, 2020


“I will be forever grateful for the nurses and doctors that helped my kitty survive, but they wouldn’t have been able to do it without the generosity of all the people who support Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund. They gave us part of our family back, and made our family’s tragedy much less tragic. I will never forget what they did for us. Many miracles had to happen for Ninja to survive. Thank you everyone!”
– Misty, Sean, Rylan & Jagger


January 22, 2020

Pat Smith

Pat Smith

We’d like to introduce you to Pat Smith, a resident of Cleveland who grew up here in Dayton. She’s a big time cat lover who knows firsthand the power of the bond we build with our furry family members.

Pat recently changed her giving status and became a supporter through our Faithful Friends program. Faithful Friends offers you the opportunity to set up monthly giving as an easy, budget-friendly way to keep families together by saving their pets. FULL STORY

January 21, 2020

When Your Pet Can’t Pee

Have you ever heard of a cat, or less frequently a dog, who can’t pee? It may sound funny, but it's an emergency!


November 24, 2019


“I cannot express how much Eliie’s Rainy Day Fund’s support meant to me and still can't, but knowing she would have a chance made my world seem more bearable. It was touch and go for a few days but with the wonderful care she received thanks to you she and I are together again. And yes, she is once again extremely exuberant! Thank You Ellie’s!!!”
– Smiley's Mom


November 15, 2019


“We love our sweet, tiny Dash. We didn’t hesitate to spend the funds to get him emergency treatment. But we were in a spot when he obstructed again and we had run out of funds. It would’ve been devastating to be forced to stop treatment now. Thank you for helping to save our boy. You have kept our family together.”
– Dash's Family


October 24, 2019


“My Cosmo is everything to me. I’d do anything for him but on my limited income, I couldn’t make money appear. Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund was the answer to my prayers. I am humbled to have been helped to keep our family together. I can’t believe that strangers give money to help people like me in our time of need. If I’d lost Cosmo it would have felt like losing my son all over again. You are such a blessing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
– Cosmo's Mom


October 21, 2019

Sarah, Jean & Kris


It’s been a busy month for folks who enjoyed celebrating their birthdays by raising money to keep families together by saving their pets’ lives! THANK YOU to Sarah, Jean & Kris for doing Facebook Fundraisers on your birthdays. Your hearts are amazing! FULL STORY

October 17, 2019

To Eat Grain or Not to Eat Grain

By now many of you have already heard that the FDA is investigating the link between canine heart disease and grain-free food diets. But do you know why?


October 15, 2019

Fall 2019 Yappy Hour



September 23, 2019

Could Your Pet Benefit from Essential Oils?

Over the last few years the popularity of essential oils and aromatherapy has exploded. People are using them for everything from enhancing sleep to treating cancer. With the increasing popularity of these oils, the use of them with our pets has increased as well. But, is that a good thing?


September 21, 2019




September 18, 2019

The Borealis Press

We’d like to give a shout out to the animal lovers who run

If you’ve never seen their lines of cards, you’re missing out! To me, they strike just the right balance of simple, meaningful, and profound.

I reached out to them to let them know how much they mean to our recipients whose furry family members cross the rainbow bridge. They responded by providing us with a stock of pet sympathy cards! FULL STORY

September 11, 2019

Charlie D.

“There was no way we could have brought Charlie home if it wasn’t for the help of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund. Charlie provides so much comfort and joy in our family that we would have never been able to replace. We are so grateful we get to continue to witness and be a part of all his lovable quirks and antics. Thank you, Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, for saving our family. You will forever be one of the biggest blessings that our family has ever received.”
– Charlie's Mom


August 27, 2019

Fancy Mae

“I can’t thank you enough for helping me and my baby girl. My recovery is challenging but lying with Fancy Mae leaning against me makes it so much easier. My husband and I have helped others in their times of need. It’s very unexpected to be on the other side and for our family to need or receive all this help. I will be forever grateful. Thank you from Fancy Mae and from our whole family.”
– Fancy Mae's Mom


August 27, 2019


“I am so incredibly grateful for Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund. I felt so helpless…knowing she needed treatment, but I couldn’t pay. It was such a horrible feeling. It felt like there was nothing I could do to stop this from possibly killing her. I just don’t know how to thank you enough. Animals are our hearts. Thank you for saving mine.”
– Trey's Dad


August 27, 2019

Camilla Ferguson

Camilla Ferguson

We offer our gratitude to two amazing individuals. The first we don’t even know. But we want to say a huge thank you to the anonymous donor who gave ERDF $15,000 through the Charity Navigator website. Your generosity has resulted in keeping eight families together by saving their pets’ lives! FULL STORY

August 22, 2019

Could Your Pet Be Suffering from Arthritis?

Have you noticed that your pet has been more careful getting up and down, limping, or just moving more slowly? It could be a result of a number of ailments, but one in particular could be a form of osteoarthritis.


August 22, 2019

Layla H.

“I just can’t imagine what we would do without Layla’s unconditional love. We feel so blessed to have Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund help us. You are angels from God. We would’ve been lost without you!”
– Layla’s Mom, Granny, and Brother


July 24, 2019

The Staff at Bigger Road Veterinary Center

The Staff at Bigger Road Veterinary Center

Please join us in sharing some love for the staff at Bigger Road Veterinary Center, most of whom have chosen to designate Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund to receive the benefits of their purchases on Amazon Smile. 

Beth Anticoli from Bigger Road says “I use Amazon Smile for Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, because it is an easy, convenient way for a percentage of my purchase amount to go back to a charity that is close to my heart. Every penny makes a difference in the lives of pets that need it the most.” FULL STORY

July 18, 2019

You Mean Their Stomach Can Kill Them?

Have you ever heard of bloat? Medically known as Gastric Dilation and Volvulus syndrome (GDV), it is a life-threatening condition that primarily affects large, deep-chested dogs and some cats. Though the causes aren’t often known, the signs & symptoms are. Knowing them could save your pet’s life!


July 12, 2019

Dragons Baseball

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July 8, 2019

Woody S.

“Without the supporters of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, Woody would have lost his leg…and then when the other one went, his life. You are all such a huge blessing. How can I express what this means to our family? We are forever grateful for your keeping our family together and we intend to do whatever we can to help you help the next family as well.”
– Woody's Mom


June 22, 2019

Yappy Hour Summer 2019

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June 19, 2019

Alan & Tammy Collins

Alan & Tammy Collins

This month we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Alan & Tammy Collins for their faithful financial support. They were one of our first monthly donors, making it possible for us to KNOW we can count on having the funds available to help save the lives of companion animals like Lily. FULL STORY

June 17, 2019

Pet First Aid

Have you ever wondered what to do when dealing with a pet emergency? All sorts of activities can lead to your furry pal getting an injury, and sometimes there are basic emergency care procedures you can do for them to ease their pain or save their life in an emergency situation.


May 29, 2019

Kerry Corthell

Kerry Corthell

A BIG shout out to ERDF volunteer Kerry Corthell who says:

“I don’t have a lot of money to give to non-profits, so I like to make my dollars count. I love supporting Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund because I know how important my dog is to me and cannot imagine having to say no to critical vet procedures because I could not afford the fees. So, buying Dragons tickets in support of the fund and giving them to foster parents and their kids gives me a bigger bang for my bucks. I have great respect for anyone who fosters – what a hard job! Just knowing I am doing two good things in one action makes me feel like I am doing my little part to make this world a tiny bit better. Hey, anyone else care to join me in buying a block of tickets?” FULL STORY

May 29, 2019

Lily J.

“Thanks to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, Lily has had the opportunity to recover like a champ. She’s back to being the hit of the neighborhood and the center of our family. We wouldn’t have her without you. We can’t ever express the depth of our gratitude. We experienced the worst of humanity and the best of humanity all in one day.”
– Lily's Mom


May 22, 2019

What are these lumps & bumps on my pet?

Article courtesy of

We’ve all been there… your pet seems fine, and then all of a sudden, a new lumpy, bumpy mass pops up on his body, seemingly overnight. Should you be worried?


May 8, 2019


“Without Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, we would have lost our protector, our playmate and our best friend.”
– Nikko's Mom


April 29, 2019


“My daughter and I couldn’t imagine our family without Kitty! She’s such an anchor of calm and source of unconditional love. So when the vet told us that Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund would pay for her surgery, we couldn’t believe that our baby would be saved—that our family would still be together! Everyone involved with Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund is a blessing! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
– Purrsephone's Mom


April 11, 2019

Lucy P.

“There is no way we would still have our baby without the support of everyone at Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund. Losing Lucy would have been such a weight on my daughter’s heart and such a terrible way to start our new married life. Thank you for making it possible to feel the joy of our girl as part of our family again.”
– Lucy's Family


March 27, 2019

Dine to Donate at Skyline Chili

Travis & Michael Wheeler

This month we give a shout out to Travis & Michael Wheeler who celebrated their wedding by donating to ERDF in lieu of giving favors at their reception.

The placards adorning each table celebrating their big day read, “Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund celebrates the love Michael & Travis have for each other ! for their departed fur baby, Mona the Superdog. Their donation in lieu of table favors makes them and all of you in attendance heroes by keeping families together as you save their pets’ lives.” FULL STORY

March 27, 2019

Hayley Botkin

Hayley Botkin 

We want to thank Hayley Botkin for doing a Facebook fundraiser for Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund in memory of her beloved miniature dachshund, Phoebe. She was a hound dog through and through, chasing every yard intruder out with fury. But her sweet, soulful eyes and snuggly demeanor won over everyone she encountered. She brought her family endless laughter and joy, and was especially close to her litter mate brother, Zeke, who is still wondering where his lifelong playmate and security blanket went.

Phoebe recently died after a 7-month battle with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA), a devastating autoimmune disease in which the body attacks and destroys its own red blood cells. It is an extremely complicated, merciless and costly disease to treat, often requiring hospitalization, extensive lab work, blood transfusions and costly medications.

“Even though it was a tremendous hardship and the outcome was not what we so hoped for, I am very grateful that we were able to make the choice to give her the best chance possible to beat this disease. Many families faced with critical diagnoses like IMHA have to make the alternate choice to immediately euthanize their beloved pet as initial treatment costs are high.  Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund strives to prevent families from being forced into that decision. We feel compelled to help other families to stay together through saving their pets’ lives as an ongoing way to honor and remember Phoebe.”

For more information on IMHA, visit:

Canine Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia: Management Challenges
Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs (IMHA) Facebook Group

Photo caption (if needed): Moira and her beloved canine sister, Phoebe, after undergoing spleen removal surgery, which is sometimes a treatment option for IMHA.

March 15, 2019

Hyperthyroidism vs Hypothyroidism: Cats vs Dogs

Just like people, cats and dogs also have thyroid glands located in their necks that secrete hormones that regulate their metabolisms; if the hormone is low, then the metabolism will be low, if the hormone is high, the metabolism is also high.


February 27, 2019

Paul Moyer

Paul Moyer

What a wonderful way to celebrate turning 50! To KNOW that you have helped a family to get the emergency treatment needed to keep their beloved dog in their family. We want to offer our sincere thanks to Paul Moyer who asked that in lieu of gifts, his family and friends make donations to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund. FULL STORY

February 20, 2019


“When I found out you could help, I was in tears. You are such a blessing to me and other families who need emergency help with their dogs and cats. There is absolutely no way I could’ve still had my girl without you. MeeShee and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”
– MeeShee's Mom


February 18, 2019

Keep Them Smiling!

If you’re like most people, you’re not excited about going to the dentist. You probably figure your pet won’t be either. Maybe you think you don’t need to worry about their teeth unless they start drooling or cocking their head when eating. Sadly, by then your fur baby is almost certainly in pain… maybe worse.


January 27, 2019

Travis & Michael Wheeler

Travis & Michael Wheeler

This month we give a shout out to Travis & Michael Wheeler who celebrated their wedding by donating to ERDF in lieu of giving favors at their reception.

The placards adorning each table celebrating their big day read, “Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund celebrates the love Michael & Travis have for each other ! for their departed fur baby, Mona the Superdog. Their donation in lieu of table favors makes them and all of you in attendance heroes by keeping families together as you save their pets’ lives.” FULL STORY

January 23, 2019

Is Pet Insurance Right for You?

For many of us, the new year brings decisions about health care. Which plan?  Maybe even which insurance provider? Pet insurance also brings the added question of do I buy it at all. For many of us when we add a new furry family member, there come these considerations.


January 4, 2019


“You can’t imagine the relief and the gratitude we felt when we were told that Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund would help.  We’d never heard of you.  But here you were about to save our boy.  We’ve never had anything like this happen before.  We all cried.  Thank you for keeping our family together!”
– Bubba's Mom


November 10, 2018


“If it were not for your contributors and your fund, Colby would not have gotten a second chance at life. The work that you do is so valuable to not only the pets, but to the families that love and care for them. We truly believe that pets are part of the family, and the caring people who support Ellie’s Rainy Day fund have gifted us the opportunity to spend many more years with our dog sibling!”
– The Riazzi Family


October 31, 2018

Linda Stephens

There are SO many ways to help Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund to keep families together by saving their pets’ lives. Linda Stephens has been involved in almost ALL of them! She has spent hours tying ribbons for our Holiday Paw Painting Ornaments, faithfully liking and sharing our Facebook posts to keep getting the word out, reading and providing feedback on our newsletters, addressing mail to donors, attending and volunteering at events by greeting people as they arrive. And the list goes on. When asked why she’s chosen to gift ERDF with her time and many talents, this is what she said… FULL STORY

October 21, 2018

Are Your Pets Part of Your Family?

For people that have grown up with pets in their homes, you know how truly special our companions can be for us. The bond between us is something unique, and while some people may poke fun at our “obsession” with our pets, for many of us it enriches our lives beyond compare. Pets are cherished members of our families! They provide us with so many great benefits, both within the family and beyond.


October 18, 2018

Sabastian T.

“I cannot express how thankful we were! You gave Joy some comfort. You took a weight off my shoulders. You gave Sabby the chance to stay with his Mom. I would like to thank every contributor of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund for your time, care, dedication & the resources that make this possible. That is true Love!!”
– Sabastian's Other Mom