The River Welker Fund

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Town and Country Animal Hospital, PC, has enrolled the River Welker Fund in the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) Veterinary Care Charitable Fund, founded to support veterinarians in offering services to clients facing extraordinary hardships.

As a participant in the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund, Town and Country Animal Hospital will be empowered to provide charitable care to various entities in need. Those included are disabled military veterans requiring service dogs, Service Dogs of Alabama, and victims of domestic violence.

Established 2012

The River Welker Fund was originally established December, 2012, by Larry and Brenda Welker. Larry and Brenda started this fund by generously donating money to assist pet owners in need of financial support for their pets. They only required pets to be loved and emotionally bonded to their owners. The fund was established in honor of River and later Cotton, their Labrador retrievers, who were trained for search and rescue. These missions include lost persons (wilderness/air scent), cadaver location (land and water), and tracking individuals from homicides. Larry Welker, an active duty marine for twenty-one years, was one of the founding members of the National Search Dog Alliance.

The River Welker Fund will now be administered by the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund. Once the doctors have applied for and benefits are granted for care, Town and Country Animal Hospital will provide the medical services for pets in need of care. Town and Country Animal Hospital encourages community members to make tax-deductible contributions to The River Welker Fund by clicking on the button below.

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About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 89,000 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. For more than 50 years, the foundation has been helping veterinarians help others with support for education, advocacy, research programs, and other activities. Visit to learn more.