Dr. Kelly Thompson of Hanson-Meekins Animal Hospital and her husband have pledged to shave their heads if the community raises $5,000 for FOCCAS by mid-December

An Oregon veterinarian has promised to shave her head in exchange for some serious cash—$5,000 to be exact.

But it’s not on a dare. Dr. Kelly Thompson of Hanson-Meekins Animal Hospital in Coos Bay, Ore., is raising the funds for a local charitable group, Friends of Coos County Animal Shelter (FOCCAS), that provides support and medical services for animals in need.

Dr. Thompson regularly encounters pet parents who bring their pets into the animal hospital with curable conditions but can’t afford the necessary treatment. To help, Dr. Thompson suggests the pet parents relinquish their dogs or cats to her. She then transfers the animals to FOCCAS, a local group with which she’s formed a personal relationship. FOCCAS treats the pets and finds them a new home.

After Dr. Thompson recently sent more than 10 pets to FOCCAS for extensive surgeries, she wanted to raise some money for the organization to deal with this growing demand. So she came up with the “Shave a Vet, Save a Pet” fundraiser.

If they can raise $5,000 for FOCCAS by Dec. 18, Dr. Thompson and her husband will shave their heads during the group’s weekly adoption event at Pony Village Mall in North Bend, Ore. Whoever makes the largest donation gets to be the first to use the clippers shaving Dr. Thompson’s head.

While Dr. Thompson admits she’s not anxious to sport a bare head this winter, she said, “I can deal with being bald for a while if it means that I raise awareness about homeless pets and FOCCAS, which is a really good charity.”

Since Nov. 5, the community has donated more than $3,000. The funds will support FOCCAS’s spay and neuter procedures, vaccinations, medications and other veterinary care.

If you would like to donate to the “Shave a Vet, Save a Pet” fundraiser, visit http://www.hanson-meekins.com/shave_a_vet_save_a_pet

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