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BirchBark Foundation


BirchBark Foundation partners with veterinarians to help save pets' lives during medical emergencies when their owners are unable to fully afford the necessary critical care.

The Big Idea

BirchBark's Tree of Hope project provides a unique and critical safety net to companion animals and their human families in need. BirchBark works with their 30 veterinary partners (and goals of growing that number) throughout the Central Coast to protect the human-animal bond and provide choice and stability during fixable, but unaffordable pet medical care. Hope is given to veterinary partners and animal families instead of being faced with economic euthanasia. Further, BirchBark honors the human-animal bond through its Pet Loss and Grief Support Program. Saving more than 400 precious lives and providing stability to thousands of animal loving people, the Tree of Hope will ensure these numbers continue to grow and HOPE always remains.

I am so grateful to BirchBark for helping save my Shawna. Shawna is a 7 year old beagle boxer mix. I am a disabled senior citizen, and when Shawna was diagnosed with bladder stones in May, I did not have enough money to pay for the surgery she so desperately needed. BirchBark Foundation stepped up and helped pay for the surgery and now Shawna is healthy and happy again! She is my rescue dog and she rescued me. She goes everywhere that I go when she is allowed, and I can't imagine her not being by my side. When it is too hot, she stays home, but she plays with me and she is by far my best friend. I am so grateful I found BirchBark Foundation and they saved my Shawna. I don't know what I would do without my best friend.

- Deborah

We’re In This Together

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MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

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