REACH Pet Community

Adoration, enrichment, and unwavering dedication are just a few symptoms of the special bond that is created when an animal is welcomed into a person’s home and becomes a member of the family. While there are moments in pet ownership that seem more frustrating than encouraging, in the end, our animal friends become caring companions for life. This page is intended to celebrate and nurture the human-animal bond by detailing stories and providing helpful resources to benefit owners and pets alike.

Rudy to the Rescue Fund

Rudy was a unique German Shepherd born in 2001. His parents picked him after others had passed him by because he wasn’t a “show quality” dog. He was a wonderful addition to the family, and he had so much love and personality that he became a certified therapy dog. He worked with “Paws on a Mission” through Mission Hospital, bringing comfort and relief to both patients and their families. He also worked with seniors at the Jewish Community Center, the Brian Center in Weaverville, and with students at UNCA. Rudy was gifted with a manner that eased the souls of those he touched.

In September of 2007, Rudy became very sick. His parents quickly realized his stomach was bloating, which is a very serious problem. They immediately brought him to REACH, where he had a life saving surgery. He returned to good health and a happy life. Rudy lived another six years, bringing joy and comfort to those who were sick, worried, or stressed.

Now, the doctors and staff at REACH are honoring Rudy’s memory by setting up a fund to help those patients who have emergencies and whose owners have financial need. This nonprofit fund will help provide care in those critical and unexpected situations. All donations to the fund are tax deductible, and everyone who makes a donation will receive a receipt for their records.

Just like Rudy, we hope to provide comfort and care for those who need it the most.

*Rudy to the Rescue is a 501c3 fund.

Rudy to the Rescue: A fund to help emergency patients whose owners have
financial need.

Make a Donation:

  1. Checks made to: VCF/Rudy to the Rescue
    Mail to: REACH, 677 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC 28806
  2. Or go online:
    Click on Donate to a Veterinary Practice, North Carolina, and REACH/Rudy to the Rescue

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