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.
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.

When asked what motivated her to help pets and people she doesn’t even know, she said:

“Two years ago, I lost my baby, Striker.  She was such a part of me, it was devastating and something I don’t wish anyone else to go through.  I know eventually it happens to all of us, but I wouldn’t want someone to face it sooner than they should.  ERDF spoke to me, and the fact the funds stay local appeals to me to keep families together. It feels good to know that by having set it up to give a little every month, I am always helping. “

Thank you, Pat! Your generosity and compassion for your distant neighbors, both four-footed and two, is truly inspirational!

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!

Sarah Losie

I choose to do Facebook Fundraisers for Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund because it’s a simple way to help out an organization that is close to my heart. As a Registered Technician at Bigger Road Veterinary Center I have personally seen the incredible impact that ERDF has had on many families in our community. From single-parent families with unexpected pet emergencies, to senior citizens with fixed incomes needing help caring for their only companion, ERDF has kept countless families together that would otherwise be torn apart.

Jean Berry

I have 5 dogs and 5 cats of my own, as well as running a local pet care business, jeanspupkit.com  My commitment to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund comes from my own experience with an injured animal, before I knew about this option for support. Friends came together to help my bloodhound get the surgery he needed. And it meant the world to me. ERDF’s mission is like a friend to those of us who love our animals and want the best care even when our resources are limited!! I will continue to donate in support of those families who need help!!

Kris Sees

I love all my animals very much and it would break my heart if I had to put them down or surrender them because I couldn’t provide emergency care for them. I did my birthday fundraiser and I volunteer for ERDF so no one will have to make that choice.

September 18, 2019

The Borealis Press


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

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!

When I wrote to thank them, they responded that no particular thanks were necessary. They said they love animals, wanted to support our amazing work and said “No need to thank us: we made those cards for the very purpose you are using them for.”

Thank you Mark, and all the folks at Borealis Press! Your company is as generous of heart as your cards are!

Maybe put in a box:

I hope you’ll visit their website and support this gem of an independent company.

If you decide to place an order, first contact dede@borealispress.net for a special offer as an ERDF supporter.

Is there any way to make one of their cards the photo with this? In case not, or if you think it’s cuter, I’m attaching a photo they sent me of their office dog, Mali, shepherding the lamb Dennis who stayed at the office while being bottlefed.

We’d need to add a paragraph right before “thank you mark”… like:

The photo seen here came with Borealis’ first email to me. It’s their their (now passed) office dog, Mali, shepherding the lamb Dennis who stayed at the office while being bottlefed. Now THAT’S an animal-friendly office!


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!

Another big shout out goes to Camilla Ferguson. She is a master of support on our Facebook page. She never misses a post, and by “loving, commenting, and sharing”, she signals Facebook that our posts are valuable, which in turn gets them included on many more people’s news feeds. I used to think that if I followed or friended someone, that I would see all their posts. Camilla taught me that that isn’t true and showed me how to express value for the groups and people who mean the most to me, so that I wouldn’t miss their posts and neither would other interested folks. She gives that extra time to look for what we’ve put out and to respond to it. When asked why she does it, she said,

“I can’t say enough about Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund and what a blessing all of the donors are to saving an important part of many families. We had our last cat for 15 1/2 years and I still tear up thinking about when we lost her. I now have a grand-dog and 2 grand-cats that my grandchildren love a lot! I enjoy all the stories and posts on the ERDF page: some touching stories, some just for fun. I try to be supportive by sometimes sharing the posts, sometimes sending posts for ERDF to share. Besides donations, I am supportive with my actions on the Page. I choose something other than just “Liking” a post because that has minimal, if any, impact on boosting posts. I may” love” or “laugh” at a post because those are stronger, but the most strength in the ways FB figures out what posts people like comes from actual comments. So any comment on a post is another way I can support ERDF and help get the word out about this great Non-profit group and the mission of helping families save their loved furry family members. That way the post, and the group, will be seen by more and more!”

Thank you Camilla, for helping us spread the message! I hope you’re enjoying your generous volunteering as our Number One Facebook Fan!

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!