It is my pleasure to introduce the Wanuza Pinheiro Cruz Animal Medical Care Foundation Inc. We are a federally-recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit institution whose mission is to provide healthcare to companion animals in under-served parts of New Jersey. This organization was founded to subsidize free and low cost veterinary care to animals who require treatment beyond routine medical care.
American pet owners spent $14.37 billion on general and specialty veterinary care in 2013. This figure represents a 5.1 percent increase from $13.67 billion in 2012. The WPCAMC was created in response to the growing concern that many dogs and cats are being left behind, with lifesaving medical care denied to them simply because their owners can’t afford it. Many of these animals are euthanized despite the fact that they could live full and rich lives with proper treatment.
Dr. Rita Rivero, our President, has provided pro bono veterinary care for years through her private practice. With the establishment of this foundation, we hope to create a new kind of veterinary healthcare institution designed around the needs of neglected and underserved populations. Our short term goal is to support the work of rescue groups and to provide direct aid to responsible pet owners. Our long term goals are as follows:
1 Implement free mobile popup clinics inside under-served neighborhoods
2 Build a state-of-the art medical facility in the Newark and Jersey City metropolitan area
3 Promote prevention and well-being with community outreach and education
4 Create an advocacy arm to lobby for animal welfare issues.
Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions or would like an in-person meeting, please feel free to contact us any time. We need your help to improve the lives of New Jersey’s companion animals.
Donations: Bank of America, account number 3810 3814 0813, routing number 021200339.
WANUZA PINHEIRO CRUZ ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION INC.