Frankie's Friends Foundation

Frankie's Friends Foundation

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Frankie’s Friends is a non-profit foundation dedicated to finding cures and saving pets with cancer and other life-threatening conditions.

We save pet’s lives by providing grants to help with the cost of life-saving or life-enhancing emergency or specialty care for pets whose families cannot afford the full cost of treatment. In addition to Frankie’s Friends’ support, qualifying families are responsible for a portion of the treatment costs for their pets. The veterinary hospitals at which the pets are treated also assist by giving discounts.

Special funding may be made available to support the care of certified working dogs as well as rehabilitation of sick or injured wildlife. It is also part of our mission to educate pet owners about the impact advanced medicine can have on pets’ lives.

Frankie’s Friends assists families who demonstrate substantial financial need and whose pets, with treatment, have a good prognosis for return to a good quality of life.

We promote:

  • Better treatment of life-threatening conditions
  • Better access to, and understanding of, advanced medical care for pets
  • Better support for pet-owning families

Grants from Frankie’s Friends help provide lifesaving emergency and specialty care to pets with promising outcomes whose families cannot afford the full cost of care. A portion of the treatment costs are also covered by the pets’ families and by the veterinary hospital treating the pet. We fund treatment only, we do not fund initial examinations, diagnostic testing, primary care or preventative care.

Frankie's Friends Foundation

About Frankie

Frankie was a beautiful greyhound, cherished by the DeBartolo family of Tampa, Florida. In addition to endowing the foundation with Frankie DeBartolo’s name, the foundation is endowed with her boundless spirit and vitality. Frankie died at the age of eleven in 2007.