The mission of Brown Dog Foundation is to strengthen the human-animal bond by offering families in temporary financial crisis an alternative to euthanasia when their pet is diagnosed with a treatable, but life-threatening condition or illness. Our Programs are designed to help working class families provide life-sustaining medications, major medical and emergency vet care during a temporary financial crisis. We accomplish this mission by providing guidance and referral to lower cost and alternative treatment options, by allowing pet owners to purchase medications at deep discounts through our pharmaceutical suppliers and by paying the difference between the amount charged by the vet and the amount the family can afford. Our program also includes guiding families to alternative treatments or providers where the funds they have available help them afford treatment. In some cases, we are coordinating for payment plans and in other situations we are facilitating the payment plans.