2022 Pets4Life Angel Trees

This December we are kicking-off our Angel Tree gift drive in multiple locations in Louisville. This program provides gifts to help the pets of needy families through the support of donors throughout our entire community! Items donated will be used to provide care in Pets4life clinics and some items (such as sweaters, dog beds & harnesses) will be given to pet owners with the greatest needs.

This holiday season please consider giving a gift to help the most vulnerable pets in our community. The Angel Trees are decorated with laminated tags with some of our most urgent needs to help these pets. Here are some of our most urgent Angel Tree needs:

  • Walmart Gift Cards
  • Amazon Gift Cards
  • Flea & Tick Preventative (dogs and cats)
  • Dog & Cat Treats
  • Dog slip leads & muzzles
  • Donations for cat & dog well check-ups

If you would like to participate by donating an angel tree item, please bring it (unwrapped) to one of our Angel Tree host locations (see list below). In addition to gifts, monetary donations will also be accepted and put to great use! Note: Because Pets4Life Louisville is an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization, 100% of donations go directly to helping pets.

Angel Tree Instructions:

1. The Angel Tree Gift Drive will take place during the month of December (the trees will be picked up up in early January)

2. Select a tag from the Angel Tree of any item you would like to donate

3. Once you’ve obtained the item, place it unwrapped under the Angel Tree. Gift cards and cash gifts can be placed in the cut-out in large box.

4. Online donations can be made using the QR code or online at our website pets4lifelou.org

5. Please place the used tag in the large box so we can use it again next year.

Thank you to our Angel Tree Hosts

This year, we are thrilled to have thirteen vet clinics hosting a Pets4Life Angel Tree! We are sincerely grateful to the following vet clinics for their support of Pets4lIfe Louisville’s mission:

Springhurst Animal Hospital

St. Matthews Animal Clinic

Animal Doctors

Stoneybrook Animal Hospital

Seneca Animal Hospital

Animal Hospital of the Highlands

East Louisville Animal Hospital

Gailor Animal Hospital

Doerr Animal Clinic

Shelbyville Road Veterinary Clinic

East Pointe Animal Hospital

Goshen Animal Hospital

Central High School

2022 Giving Tuesday: November 29, 2022

Partnering with MDEF to help the pets of the homeless community

Did you know that there are over 100,000 dogs and cats living in our community that don’t have access to veterinary care? And many of these pets belong to people in our homeless communities. This year, Pets4Life is partnering with My Dog Eats First (MDEF) to raise money to help these pets with basic supplies and vet care.

We will be partnering with MDEF and working with other nonprofits to go to Louisville’s homeless communities to help with pet food, warm pet clothing, flea medicines, vaccines and more! Although these pets are owned and loved, they are often suffering terribly due to hunger, cold and easily treatable conditions medical conditions such as fleas and worms.

Because we are a 100% ALL VOLUNTEER organization, 100% of the funds raised will go directly to helping these homeless pets. Funds will be used for pet food, pet clothing, vaccines, dewormer, microchips, S/N vouchers, flea medicines and more.

Make a Donation: Pets4Life & MDEF Giving Tuesday Goal: $3000

On Giving Tuesday, November 29th, we would like to ask if you can make a donation (small or large) to help us with vet care in Louisville’s homeless community. Our goal is to raise $2000 so that we can help the most vulnerable dogs and cats in our community who are suffering and are in pain. Scan/Photograph this image to make a donation:

Would you be able to make a donation to help reduce animal suffering and help people keep their Pets4Life? Please give to Pets4Life Louisville today or on November 30, Giving Tuesday.

Other ways to help Pets4Life & MDEF with Giving Tuesday

Set-up a Facebook Fundraiser:

  1. Set your Fundraising Goal
  2. Set your end date
  3. Feel free to personalize the title/description of your fundraiser
  4. Press ‘Create’ and get started on your challenge

Follow this link to create a Facebook Fundraiser for Pets4Life Louisville

Buy From Amazon Wishlist:

Amazon: Who doesn’t love a little on-line shopping?  Are you planning to do some Black Friday shopping? How about some Cyber Monday shopping? If you’re looking for a tangible way to make a difference in the lives needy pets, then look no further! Check out the Pets4Life Louisville’s Amazon Wish List

Be sure to mail it to the Pets4Life Louisville Mailing address:

Pets4Life Louisville

291 N. Hubbards Ln.
Suite 172, Box 105
Louisville, KY 40207

Use Amazon Smile:

Shopping online at Amazon on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?  Did you know that every time you shop at Amazon, you can help needy pets? Through the Amazon Smile program, all your purchases can help Pets4Life at NO ADDITIONAL COST to you!

To participate, simply navigate to smile.amazon.com and look in the upper left corner. Search and select ‘Pets4Life Louisville. Each time you make a purchase, navigate to ‘smile.amazon.com’ before checkout (all your account information will remain the same). For each purchase, Amazon will make a small donation to Pets4Life Louisville.

Share on Social Media:

Follow and participate on our main Facebook Page, Pets4Life Louisville . To help us during Giving Tuesday, please consider sharing the content and posts on your newsfeed, or sharing in Facebook Messenger with your friends who love animals. These acts will help us expand our reach to more people who need our services, as well as people who may want to support our mission to help needy pets in Metro Louisville.

Pets4Life Louisville is a 501(C)3 nonprofit. We have received the GuideStar Bronze Seal of Transparency. And because we are an all-volunteer organization, 100% of your donation goes toward helping animals!

3rd Turn Brewing Pet Costume Contest

Pets4Life was thrilled to partner with 3rd Turn Brewing and Titos at their Pet Costume Contest just in time for Halloween! Although it was a rainy October afternoon, the vibe was warm and cozy inside 3rd Turn Brewing. Thank you to Jason for inviting Pets4Life to be a part of it! And thank you to everyone that made a donation in support of our mission!

Here are some photos from the event:

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped at our table! Thanks to Melissa Kron, Dr. Keehner and Karen Mujica. And especially thank you to the 3rd Turn Brewing and Titos!

Pets4Life Receives Matching Gift from Jarboe’s

We received a WONDERFUL gift from Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for $1500.00! They presented the oversized check to our vet Dr. Lisa Keehner and several volunteer vet techs from Springhurst Animal Hospital. Thank you to EVERYONE that participated in our January Fundraisers during the matching campaign. Your generosity will help many needy pets!

Here are some photos from the event:

We are so appreciative of all the support that we get from the Louisville Business community! Together we can make Louisville better for pets in need (and their owners)!

More Pets4Life Dental Grant Recipients:

More pets helped with the AMVA Grant

Pets4Life Louisville continued to put the AVMA COVID Relief/Domestic Abuse Grant funds to good use by helping pets in need of dental surgeries and extractions. Pets4Life partnered with Springhurst Animal Shelter to help reduce suffering due to pet dental disease. Severe dental disease is one of the most common issues that we see in our pet wellness clinics. Treatment requires anesthesia and dental surgery. Below is another update on some of the pets that have been helped with this grant:

Bandit’s Story: Bandit is a 7-year-old Jack Russel/chihuahua mix that was helped though the AVMA Grant. He had severe dental disease and needed to be neutered. He needed a dental cleaning with extractions, but his owners did not have the transportation or resources for the surgery.  Due to Pets4Life and the AVMA grant, Bandit got his wish on December 10nd, 2021. Dr. Keehner transported Bandit from his house in the west end of Louisville to and from the clinic due the owners not having any transportation.  Dr. Keehner & Springhurst Animal Hospital provided free surgery including a neuter, all extractions and medications.  Bandit did great in surgery and he went home a happy, healthier dog free of pain!

Brooklyn’s Story: Brooklyn is a 10-year-old lab mix that was helped though the AVMA COVID Relief Grant. She had severe dental disease and two skin tumors that needed to be removed. Unfortunately, her owner was not able to provide the resources for these expensive procedures. But Pets4Life stepped in and Brooklyn was helped on December 15th, 2021. Dr. Keehner and Springhurst Animal Hospital provided free surgery including all extractions and medications. Brooklyn was an amazing patient and she went home a happier, healthier dog. These procedures will help Brooklyn live a life free of pain and suffering!

Chewy, Molly & Benji’s Story: Chewy is a 10-year-old Australian shepherd mix, Molly is a 12-year-old Shih tzu, and Benji is a 13-year-old Terrier mix that were helped though the AVMA COVID Relief Grant. All three had severe dental disease that needed dental cleanings and extractions.  Their owner was not in a position to be able to provide the needed procedures, but Pets4LIfe stepped in to help! On December 16th, 2021, Dr. Keehner and Springhurst Animal Hospital provided free surgery including all extractions and medications for all three dogs. Because of these surgeries, these 3 dogs will have a much higher quality of life!

Dakota’s Story: Dakota is a 13-year-old Dachshund that was helped though Pets4Life and the AVMA Grant. Dakota had severe dental disease. He desperately needed a dental cleaning with extractions, however his owners were not able to provide the resources for that type of surgery.  Dakota was helped on November 19th, 2021, with the help of Dr. Keehner and Springhurst Animal Hospital. Dakota received surgery including including multiple extractions. Dakota is a sweet boy and he did great during the procedures. Now he’s home living his best life!

Hope Kalani & Ellie’s Story: Ellie is a 12-year-old chihuahua mix and Hope Kalani is a 7-year-old chihuahua-terrier mix that were helped though the AVMA Grant given to Pets4Life. Both dogs had severe dental disease and were in need of dental cleanings with extractions.  Sadly, their owner was not able to provide these types of expensive procedures. Working together, Pets4Life, Dr. Keehner and Springhurst Animal Hospital helped these doggies find relief for their dental pain! On December 2nd, 2021, Ellie and Hope Kalani received their surgeries. They were perfect patients and they returned home for the holidays with much healthier doggie smiles!

Miley’s Story:

Miley is a 12-year-old chihuahua mix that was helped though the AVMA COVID Relief Grant provided to Pets4Life. She had severe dental disease and needed a dental cleaning with extractions.  Unfortunately, her owner did not have the resources for this procedure. Once again AVMA, Dr. Keehner and Springhurst came through to make it happen on December 13th, 2021.  Dr. Keehner transported Miley from her house in the west end of Louisville to and from the clinic due the owner not having any transportation.  The surgery was provided completely free of charge! Miley did great and she went home a healthier dog free of dental pain!

Dental Procedure Before and After Gallery

Pets4Life Louisville is a 501(C)3 nonprofit. We have received the GuideStar Bronze Seal of Transparency. All donations are tax deductible.

Pets4Life Louisville 2021 Year-End Summary

During 2021 we continued with our appointment-only drive up clinics as the Covid-19 Pandemic continued. We continued with our pet wellness clinics located at ‘The Table’ in Portland and even though the challenges continued, we increased the number of pets we helped compared to 2020. Here are the highlights of 2021:

The big news from 2021 was being a recipient of a $10,000 Community Care grant from Banfield Foundation. This grant helped us to help more pets in our target zip codes (zip codes that do not have vet clinics). Due to this grant, we were able to expand into a new location and offer a free vaccine clinic in the West End of Louisville. This grant also allowed us to give out more flea medicines (up to 6 months of treatment) to each pet that attended a clinic.

We continued our partnership with LMAS (Louisville Metro Animal Services) made possible by a Best Friends grant. This program helps pet owners in our target zip codes with Spay/Neuter services to help prevent unwanted births and decrease homeless pets.

Pets4Life Louisville also received a $5000 grant from the AVMA (The American Veterinary Medical Association) COVID Relief/Domestic Abuse Grant.  Pets4Life used the grant funds to provide dental surgeries and extractions to pets with severe dental disease that attend our clinics.

Pet Treatment Services Summary:

Number of Pets Treated: 256 (215 dogs & 41 cats)

Rabies Vaccines: 198

Other Vaccines: 220 (FVRCP and DAPP)

Microchips: 116

Dewormer: 171

Flea Treatments (multi-month): 214

Nail Trims: 114

Spay/Neuter Vouchers Distributed: 117

Dental Surgeries Performed: 13

Demographic Analysis:

 Pets4Life has identified the following target zip codes for services: 40201, 40202, 40203, 40208, 40209, 40210, 40211, 40212, 40213, 40214, 40215, 40216, 40217, 40218, 40219 and 40258. These zip codes are within the ‘resource desert’ with little to no vet resources available in the community. Our analysis shows the break-down of pets treated in 2021 based on zip codes:

Within Target Zip Codes Other Jefferson Co Zip CodesOutside Jefferson Co
76%12%12%
2021 zip code break-down

In addition, our goal is to help people living in underserved communities who cannot afford veterinary care for their pets. A large percentage of our vet services were provide to households living below Federal poverty guidelines:

81% of services went to households with incomes less than $25,000 per year

16% of services went to households with incomes between $25,000 – $50,000 per year

Pets4Life Dental Grant Recipients:

Announcing Grant from the American Veterinary Medical Association

Pets4Life Louisville is thrilled to be a recipient of a $5000 grant from the AVMA COVID Relief/Domestic Abuse Grant. The AVMA (The American Veterinary Medical Association) was founded in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 97,000 veterinarians in the USA. Pets4Life applied for help and was awarded $5000 to help pets in need of medical care. Pets4Life has put these funds to work to help reduce suffering due to pet dental disease. Severe dental disease is one of the most common issues that we see in our pet wellness clinics. Treatment requires anesthesia and dental surgery. Below is an update on some of the pets that have been helped so far with this grant:

Brownie’s Story: Brownie is a 4-year-old Chihuahua that was helped though the AVMA Grant. Brownie had significant dental disease for such a young dog.  She needed a dental cleaning with extractions.  Unfortunately, her owners were not able to provide the funds for that surgery.  Brownie got her wish on November 4rd, 2021. Dr. Keehner and Springhurst Animal Hospital provided free surgery including all extractions and medications.  Brownie was the best patient.  Brownie did great for her surgery and went home a happy, healthier well-loved dog!

Hershey’s Story: Hershey is a 9-year-old Shih Tzu who had significant dental disease.  He needed a dental cleaning with extractions.  Unfortunately, his owners were not able to provide the funds for that surgery.  Hershey got his wish on November 5rd, 2021, with the help of AVMA grant.  Thank you to Dr. Keehner and Springhurst Animal Hospital for providing free surgery including extractions and medications.  Hershey was an awesome patient who did great during surgery. This will help Hershey live a pain-free life!

Snuggy’s Story: Snuggy is a 13 year old senior Maltese who was helped with the AVMA grant. Poor Snuggy was suffering with horrible dental disease and needed a dental cleaning with a lot of extractions.  Snuggy got relief on November 3rd, 2021, with the help of Dr. Keehner and Springhurst Animal Hospital. Snuggy’s dad was so worried about his surgery that he stayed in the Springhurst parking lot for the entire day in his car waiting for his baby!!! Snuggy did great during surgery and went home with a future life free of dental pain.

Mabel’s Story: Mabel is another pet helped through the AVMA grant. This 11-year-old Coonhound that had significant dental disease as well as an eyelid tumor and several skin tumors.  She needed a dental cleaning with extractions and surgery to remove the tumors.  Although Mabel’s owners were not able to provide the funds for that surgery, Mabel’s wishes came true on November 15th, 2021, with the help Springhurst and Dr. Keehner who provided surgery including all extractions, tumor removal, injections, and medications.  Mabel is the sweetest girl and she did great during the procedures. Now she’s home living her best life!

Sasha’s Story: Little Sasha is a 6-year-old terrier mix that was helped though the AVMA COVID Relief/Domestic Abuse Grant. Sasha came to our clinic where we diagnosed significant dental disease.  She needed a dental cleaning with extractions.  Unfortunately, her owners were not able to cover the costs of this type of surgery. Once again AVMA, Dr. Keehner and Springhurst came through to make it happen on November 17th, 2021. Sasha is the sweetest girl who completed surgery and went home a happy, and much healthier well-loved dog.

Pets4Life Louisville is a 501(C)3 nonprofit. We have received the GuideStar Bronze Seal of Transparency. All donations are tax deductible.

2021 Pets4Life Holiday Gift Drive

Would you like to purchase a gift for a pet in need? Due to the continued Covid pandemic, we are unable to hold our annual Holiday Tree gift drive at local veterinary clinics. Instead, we are holding a virtual Holiday Gift Drive using an Amazon Wish List. The gifts on our list will help pets stay warm, safe and happy, during the holidays and beyond! They will be distributed to pet owners living in our target zip codes, the underserved communities of Louisville.

This is ‘Charlie’, a 17-year old senior Labrador retriever that attended our November Pets4Life Wellness Clinic at ‘The Table’. Charlie was a staff favorite and he looked adorable modeling a Santa Hat from our gift table! Charlie was one of many pets that received donated gifts from Pets4Life. We gave away pet food, pet beds, leashes, harnesses, collars, raincoats, toys and more. Recipients were thrilled to receive these extra little pet gifts, right in time for the holidays!

If you would like to help Pets4Life Louisville by purchasing an item for a pet in need, please check out the Pets4LIfe Amazon Wishlist. Items can be sent to our mailing address:

Pets4Life Louisville

291 N. Hubbards Ln.
Suite 172, Box 105
Louisville, KY 40207

Phone: 502-309-9303

Email: AWCLouisville@gmail.com

2021 Giving Tuesday: Appeal for Special Needs Animals

We need your help on Giving Tuesday – the day of giving for nonprofits

Did you know that there are over 100,000 dogs and cats living in our community that don’t have access to veterinary care? The mission of Pets4Life is to help these overlooked pets with basic wellness and help with easily treatable conditions such as fleas and worms. However, we often see pets that are suffering terribly from conditions that require a bit more help.  

These special needs pets may have a range of physical disabilities and/or chronic medical conditions. Many are seniors that have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, COPD, persistent allergies, and severe dental disease. Most of these pets have suffered for years without proper vet care. This year’s Giving Tuesday donations will help Pets4Life Louisville go above basic wellness to help pets in our community that are suffering. Here’s an example of some of the special needs pets that we have helped:

Gizmo: Gizmo is a senior Shih tzu dog that visited our clinic and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, heart valve issues and double yeast ear infections. Through individual donations we have been able to provide Gizmo’s owner with medications to help reduce this little guy’s suffering from a hacking cough and difficulty breathing.

Snuggy: Snuggy is a 13 year old Maltese that visited our clinic and was diagnosed with severe dental disease and allergies. We were able to treat his allergies and follow-up with dental surgery and extractions. Severe dental disease is a very commonly seen in the pets that visit Pets4Life clinics. We want to help as many of them as we can to prevent pain and suffering.

Prince: Prince is a young Shih tzu who became paralyzed in his lower body. Unable to walk or run, he was dragging his body resulting in skin sores. We had him evaluated and found that Prince wasn’t in pain, however his condition was incurable. Through generous donations on a Facebook fundraiser, we were able to provide Prince with a wheelchair and drag-bag to improve Prince’s quality of living. Prince is now ‘on the move’ just like any other young active dog!

How to help Pets4Life Louisville to help pets with special needs

Make a Donation: Pets4Life Giving Tuesday Goal: $2000

On Giving Tuesday, November 30th, we would like to ask if you can make a donation (small or large) to help us with these special needs animals. Our goal is to raise $2000 so that we can help the most vulnerable dogs and cats in our community who are suffering and are in pain. Scan/Photograph this image to make a donation:

Here’s an example of what your Giving Tuesday donation can do:

  • $10 donation: Provides a microchip to reunite a lost pet with owner
  • $25 donation: Provides a wellness exam for a cat or dog
  • $25-$100 donation: Provides medications for a needy pet
  • $250-$500 donation: Covers a dental surgery for a dog or cat




Would you be able to make a donation to help reduce animal suffering and help people keep their Pets4Life? Please give to Pets4Life Louisville today or on November 30, Giving Tuesday.

Set-up a Facebook Fundraiser:

  1. Set your Fundraising Goal
  2. Set your end date
  3. Feel free to personalize the title/description of your fundraiser
  4. Press ‘Create’ and get started on your challenge

Follow this link to create a Facebook Fundraiser for Pets4Life Louisville

Buy From Amazon Wishlist:

Amazon: Who doesn’t love a little on-line shopping?  Are you planning to do some Black Friday shopping? How about some Cyber Monday shopping? If you’re looking for a tangible way to make a difference in the lives needy pets, then look no further! Check out the Pets4Life Louisville’s Amazon Wish List

Be sure to mail it to the Pets4Life Louisville Mailing address:

Pets4Life Louisville

291 N. Hubbards Ln.
Suite 172, Box 105
Louisville, KY 40207

Use Amazon Smile:

Shopping online at Amazon on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?  Did you know that every time you shop at Amazon, you can help needy pets? Through the Amazon Smile program, all your purchases can help Pets4Life at NO ADDITIONAL COST to you!

To participate, simply navigate to smile.amazon.com and look in the upper left corner. Search and select ‘Pets4Life Louisville. Each time you make a purchase, navigate to ‘smile.amazon.com’ before checkout (all your account information will remain the same). For each purchase, Amazon will make a small donation to Pets4Life Louisville.

Share on Social Media:

Follow and participate on our main Facebook Page, Pets4Life Louisville . To help us during Giving Tuesday, please consider sharing the content and posts on your newsfeed, or sharing in Facebook Messenger with your friends who love animals. These acts will help us expand our reach to more people who need our services, as well as people who may want to support our mission to help needy pets in Metro Louisville.

Join ‘Pets4Life Pals’:

Do you have just 5 minutes each week? If so, we welcome you to be part of Pets4Life Louisville’s Social Media Team, which we call ‘Pets4LIfe Pals’. This is our small team of ambassadors that help us expand our message and reach by being an active participant on the Pets4LIfe Louisville Facebook Page. This is a great way to make a BIG IMPACT with just a little time! If interested, please email awclouisville@gmail.com

Pets4Life Louisville is a 501(C)3 nonprofit. We have received the GuideStar Bronze Seal of Transparency. And because we are an all-volunteer organization, 100% of your donation goes toward helping animals!

Pets4Life is Angel’s Share Recipient from Coopers Louisville

Angel’s Share

The term ‘Angels Share’ is a term for the bourbon lost to evaporation from the barrel into the air as it ages. Therefore it’s a clever name for the charitable portion of the Louisville Coopers organization. This group is dedicated to channeling the passionate soccer fanbase in Louisville towards making the community better. Each month, a local charity is selected to become the focus of their monthly fundraiser. Pets4Life Louisville was thrilled to be chosen to be the August 2021 recipient!

Pets4Life Louisville received several monetary donations throughout the month of August. Then, to our surprise, a big box of donations were delivered:

Here is a link to the Coopers Louisville Angel’s Share Update.

Thank you to Benton Newman and to all who contributed donations or items to help our cause. If you would like to help Pets4Life Louisville by purchasing a needed item, please check out the Pets4LIfe Amazon Wishlist. Items can be mailed to our mailing address:

Pets4Life Louisville

291 N. Hubbards Ln.
Suite 172, Box 105
Louisville, KY 40207

Phone: 502-309-9303

Email: AWCLouisville@gmail.com