The Dougie Fund for Disaster Relief

Diaster ReliefWhen disaster strikes, relief funds and efforts are primarily focused on human needs. As a result, few resources exist for the innumerable animals that remain in desperate need of care. The Dougie Fund, established in memory of our dear friend and VECCF board member Dr. Douglas Macintire, is designed to provide support and assistance to veterinary emergency and critical care professionals struggling to meet the needs of animals impacted by disaster in their community.


The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Foundation provides reimbursement funds to companion animal veterinary practices or small animal care facilities that have been impacted by a natural or man-made disaster such as tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, fire, oil spill or acts of terrorism.


Funds requested must be for expenses associated with providing care for companion animal victims of the disaster identified on the application.

Funding is provided per veterinary practice or animal care organization. Only one application may be submitted per veterinary practice. If multiple clinics owned by the same individual(s) are affected and more than one clinic provided emergency medical care, each clinic should submit its own application.

Eligible expenses must be related to medical care provided to animals impacted by the disaster or to facility repairs or maintenance necessary to ensure that ongoing care is available to companion animals in the community impacted by the disaster.

Expenses eligible for reimbursement are defined as hard costs associated with the following:

  • Medical care
  • Medical supplies (cost of supplies as purchased from vendor)
  • Housing companion animals that are homeless as a result of the disaster

Disaster Relief Support for PetsExpenses not eligible for reimbursement:

  • Professional time/salaries
  • Staff time/wages
  • Overhead costs
  • Equipment usage
  • Taxes

All reimbursements are awarded based on merit and availability of funds.

Funding is available for companion animals only. VECC Foundation does not provide financial support related to the care of livestock. It is not required that recipients be members of the VECCS. Funds may be available on an international basis.

Fund Request Process

Requests must be received within six (6) months of the disaster. Applicants can request up to $2,000 in US dollars. The amount awarded will be determined based on funds available, prioritization of other requests and a needs assessment performed by the VECC Foundation Board of Directors.

The VECC Foundation will review applications and vote within 30 days of the receipt of the application.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received no later than six (6) months following the disaster. Direct questions regarding the application process to: VECCF Dougie Fund at or (210) 698-5575.

Funding Approval

The VECC Foundation will notify the applicant of approval within 30 days of the receipt of the application.

Checks will be payable to the entity named in the application and provided in US dollars.

Fund recipients will be asked to provide a brief, written report by answering the questions below. Photos should accompany the report if at all possible.

  • Tell us how you were impacted by the disaster.
  • Explain how the donation impacted your practice/organization.
  • Describe your experience with the application process and the VECC Foundation.


Dougie MacintireDouglas Macintire, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ACVECC

Dougie was a gifted veterinarian. She was passionate about teaching and was a mentor to many students, interns, residents and colleagues. She was generous with her finances when others were in need and giving of her time no matter how much work needed to be done.

As a VECCF board member Dougie was eager to make a difference and always willing to pitch in and get her hands dirty. Dougie's strong spirit remains a part of our foundation and helps keeps us focused on our mission to enhance the quality of life for animals in need.

VECCF, 6335 Camp Bullis Road #12, San Antonio, TX  78257  |  (210) 698-5575