Spring is a busy time around our home. Not only does the yard work triple, and the weather start to turn warm, but it’s the time of the year to take our family dog to the vet. This year appeared to be rather routine. See the tech’s, weight, temperature, blood test. Imagine my horror when they come back to tell me that our loving family member has heartworms. WHAT!?!?! She’s been on preventative. Alas, there are times when the preventative doesn’t quite work the way it should. As it turns out there are some dogs that simply do not respond to it at all.
After the shock….and a quote for a rather pricey treatment….I came home to tell the rest of the family. I called the vet’s office the next day to begin the process of getting her treatment started. All the while, in the back of my mind, I wondered….what would have happened if we could not afford to pay for this expensive treatment?
Amazingly enough, there are some wonderful non-profits out there who work very hard to raise funds to help out in those cases. I shared an idea of writing a story and donating the profits to this charity with a few of my writing friends and suddenly I found that I wasn’t the only one who wanted to be able to help those in need and their human families.
Astraea Press currently has an open call out for submissions for the For The Love Of Paws charity book line. Open to ANY genre of clean fiction, the only requirement is that the word count be between 12 and 17k and the story have a strong pet theme or a memorable animal character. All royalties for the first year of publication will be donated to The Pet Fund. This 501c3 non-profit was set up to help pets in need of veterinary funding assistance.
It is my hope that in the years to come we can greatly reduce the number of companion animals turned over to humane societies every year by helping owners who simply cannot afford unexpected veterinary bills.
Take a moment and ask yourself….what would you do if disaster struck and you found yourself unable to afford a costly veterinary procedure for your loving friend? www.thepetfund.com might be able to help J
I spoke with a representative from The Pet Fund who was thrilled at the idea and they have expressed their desire to help us in any way they can to promote the books once they are ready to go. “The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost. Thousands of animals are sent to shelters and euthanized each year, many because of treatable medical conditions. While the law regards companion animals as property, The Pet Fund regards these animals instead as family members who do not qualify for human medical insurance. Pet insurance programs are available, but often even these programs cannot cover the total cost of necessary medical care. Free spay and neuter clinics as well as vaccination clinics are common, but these are largely the only free or low cost veterinary services available. The Pet Fund seeks to bridge this gap to make companion animal medical care available to all who need it.”
Call for Submissions: For the Love of Paws
Astraea Press is currently seeking submissions for our upcoming Charity books.
Open to genres of Clean fiction, middle grade and above. Stories should contain a strong pet based theme or strong pet characters. Stories should be between 12 and 17k. Submissions close June 15th 2012.
The purpose of these stories should be to showcase our relationship with our pet companions. First year proceeds from sales of these charity books will be donated to The Pet Fund, www.thepetfund.com a 501c(3) to help pets in need of veterinary funding assistance.
All Charity titles have a one year contract. After the one year the author may renew their contract and retain royalties or keep the rights to their book.
Please see our submissions page for FULL submissions guidelines. http://www.astraeapress.com/submissions.html