When a cherished animal companion dies, the grieving process is genuine and possibly shared by the owner, veterinarian, family, and friends.
The Companion Animal Memorial Fund at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1984 to help veterinarians actively express compassion by memorializing clients’ companion animals. As animal owners became aware of this program, its use has spread beyond just participating veterinarians.
Becoming a partner of the Companion Animal Memorial Fund program shows your commitment to your clients and to advancing animal health. We look forward to your support.
Recognizing Client Grief & Supporting Veterinary Medicine
Your involvement in this program touches the hearts of families as well as supports the mission of the college. Making a memorial gift to the Companion Animal Memorial Fund in the name of a recently deceased companion animal can mean so much to a grieving owner. It is a fitting tribute that lets animal owners know that someone cares and understands their loss.
All gifts made to the Companion Animal Memorial Fund support the fund’s mission of spreading comfort and support to families that are navigating the grieving process. Additionally, donations support the students, doctors, professors, and others at the college who are providing optimal veterinary care to patients and advancing companion animal health.
You can make a gift online by following the “Give Now” link below or by calling our Office of Advancement at 217-333-2761. We suggest a minimum donation of $20 per client or animal that you wish to memorialize.
We will send a personalized card (pictured at right) informing the owner of the thoughtful gesture made by you in memory of their companion animal.
When making your gift via the online gift form, please provide the following information in the Additional Instructions field:
- Names of gift donor(s) and how you wish to be identified
- The animal’s name and species
- The owner’s name and address or where to send the card
Thank you in advance for your generosity, which allows the Companion Animal Memorial Fund program to improve the health of companion animals and provide comfort to families.
Companion Animal Memorial Fund Forms
If you are a veterinarian participating in this program, below you will find the form for sending information for memorial cards. Please contact our office if you have any questions or would like to participate in this program.