Hero Highlights

We agree! If you're reading this, you're helping to make a difference. Whether you donate; volunteer at events; come to fundraisers; read our newsletter; follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter; or in some other way help spread the word... YOU are keeping families together by saving their pets' lives! Celebrate with us some highlights of the heroes and events that keep pets and people together.
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.”

THANK YOU Beth & everyone else who uses this as a way to keep more families together by saving their pets’ lives! Want to help? 


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.

When asked why they feel it’s important to make these donations, Alan & Tammy said,

“Because no pet should suffer or die for an inability to pay for treatment.”

We so agree! Thank you Alan & Tammy for making it possible for kids to keep their fur buddies in their lives. Because of you, adults have a means to provide the care they so desperately want to give. The two-hundred-plus families who have benefited, thanks in part to your generous support, are extremely grateful. We are honored to partner with you to keep families together by saving their pets’ lives.

Readers: Would you consider joining them as a recurring contributor? Even a small monthly contribution will really add up! Click here to become one of Ellie’s Angels and know that you are making a difference to a family and their furry member right here in our community.

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?”

Thank you, Kerry, for helping families of both pets and kids in need!  Your heart is amazing!

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.

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.

Paul said, “I was 35 years old when we brought Toby home. He was my first dog. Since then I cannot see myself without a pet in my life. Now we have Spencer, a six-month-old Miniature Schnauzer with boundless energy and personality. There is so much joy, fun, and companionship received from our animals that I want to do whatever I can to support other pet-human families especially when their beloved pet is ill. Many thanks to my friends and family for helping me celebrate my fiftieth and for supporting Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund.”

Thank you, Paul! I hope your day was made more special by knowing that you, your family and friends kept a family together by saving their pet’s life!

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.

We gave to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund wanting to highlight the special place our dogs hold in our hearts on our wedding day, especially our beloved Mona, lost too soon from illness. We know the financial challenge brought by unexpected vet bills, and love that ERDF makes those hard situations easier for families.

Travis & Michael

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.”

Thank you, Michael & Travis! May you and whatever furry companions become a part of your family have much happiness together.

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…

Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund is such a great cause. I love volunteering at the fundraiser events seeing all the pets with their families and experiencing the love that bonds them.

Thank you, Linda, from the bottom of our hearts. ERDF would truly not be able to help as many families or save as many lives without you!

September 30, 2018

Kris Sees

Kris Sees contacted ERDF three years ago when we were just getting started. She said she loved what we were doing for pets and wanted to help however she could. We officially had our first volunteer! Here are just some of the ways Kris has helped us since then.

  • She’s purchased and donated hundreds of tennis balls and toys to give out at our events.
  • She’s spent countless hours at our tent telling visitors what we do.
  • She’s been covered in paint and kisses creating “Pawprints for the Cause.”
  • She’s given us a new furry face—our mascot ERF.
  • She even crocheted an afghan to help raise money to save more pets. 

We thanked Kris for her amazing help and dedication recently, and her response was:

I volunteer because of my obvious love for animals and a chance to make a difference. As Winston Churchill said, ‘You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.’


Well Kris, we’re thankful to be a part of the life you’re making, and for all the animals lives you’re saving as you do!

September 30, 2018

Monica, Megan, Christine & Margaret

A HUGE thank you and wishes for the happiest of birthdays this September to: Monica SakamotoMegan FurdererChristine Lilly, and Margaret Sorg who created Facebook fundraisers to invite their friends to help them celebrate by supporting their love for companion animals.

As Monica said,

Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund is a legacy of love!

We’d love to celebrate a special event with you too! Let us show you how.

August 2, 2018

Dayton Kennel Club

We’d like to give a big shout out to the members of the Dayton Kennel Club, who recently made a $1,000 contribution to help area dogs regain their health. , said

The Dayton Kennel Club was incorporated in 1938 and holds two all-breed shows and a puppy match annually. We give to several charities each year and were pleased to select Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund because it is a local group assisting Miami Valley families to provide medical care for their canine pets.

Sandy Combs, Charity Committee Chairman

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Miami Valley’s dogs, and for entrusting us to support that mission!

August 2, 2018

Darlene Miller

Darlene Miller

Who says one person can’t make a difference? Meet Darlene Miller. Ever since their family/her dog Lucy received our assistance in 2016, she’s been sending a small check EVERY month! Boy, has that added up! Plus, her family comes to every event we hold, and she sends out our event announcements to all her friends. When I asked her about it, she said 

We support Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund because of the help we received from you in giving our Lucy a second chance at health and a good life when we otherwise could not afford it. We believe in your mission, and we want to pay your cause forward for others who find themselves in a financial burden, preventing them from being able to provide the care their beloved pet needs and deserves. We hope others will see the same value and importance of Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund that we have experienced and support their cause.


Thank you, Darlene! We don’t know what we’d do without you!

July 2, 2018

Meghan Nicole Fridley

Meghan Nicole Fridley is a professional photographer and dog mom to 4 of her own and 18 fosters over the last two years. Meghan shot amazing dog portraits at our 2018 Summer Art Paw-ty. They were free of charge for anyone who was interested. Check them out!

Meghan invited people to make a donation to ERDF in lieu of payment to her. You can set up a private session with her (for pets &/or people). By being at the event, she added a wonderful opportunity to have another forever memory of people’s pets. 

I loved capturing the personality of each pet at the Summer Art Paw-ty! Each dog was so cute!!! This is such a great charity because I personally know how expensive vet bills can be and will do anything to keep my dogs healthy!