Dr. Marc Havig and Dr. Ashley Ayoob, co-owners of Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida (ASH) in Naples, founded Project Baboo to help offset the costs of specialty veterinary care for families who otherwise could not afford the full cost of treatment.
As the level of care for companion animals has evolved to match what is available for humans, veterinary medical expenses have also risen to account for advanced training, equipment, medication and facilities. While medical insurance may cover much of human health care costs, most often, pet owners cover their companion animals’ health care expenses out of pocket. This limits access to specialty veterinary care to those with disposable income.
Recognized by Guide Star as an accredited organization, Project Baboo is a volunteer-based nonprofit that focuses on raising funds to assist families who cannot afford advanced veterinary interventions. Project Baboo provides financial aid through grants to individuals with a demonstrated commitment to the human-animal bond and who would otherwise be unable to afford the full cost of medical care for their beloved pet.
We are incredibly indebted to our generous donors. Thank you!
What Is Project Baboo?
Project Baboo is a 501(3)(c) non- profit corporation whose gifts (donations) are used directly to provide specialty veterinary care for ill and injured animals. We provide financial assistance through grants to families with a demonstrated commitment to the human-animal bond and who could not otherwise afford the full cost of medical care to treat their beloved pet. Project Baboo secures donations from the general public. Then, these donations are gifted to families in need. What’s unique to Project Baboo, however, is in order to maximize financial benefit, both the hospital and the treating veterinarian must also contribute.
Where Did Project Baboo Derive Its Name?
Jack – who we affectionately called Baboo – was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever who was an amazing, happy, devoted and brave companion for 12 and 1/2 years. He was a puppy at heart, forever young, and always ran circles around his younger buddies. He led a brave fight against a recurring oral melanoma, which ended in May of 2014.
To honor him and his memory, we wanted to create a way to help those less fortunate.
Project Baboo funds treatment for patients whose conditions have a promising prognosis, including, but not limited to:
- Critically ill or injured animals
- Oncologic patients (i.e., those who are diagnosed with cancer)
- Pets in need of surgery
Who Is Eligible?
We consider families/individuals who own the animal outright and who demonstrate an exemplary human-animal bond. Unfortunately, stray animals and wildlife are not eligible. Recipients must make a financial commitment of at least 15 percent toward the medical care of their pet, paying a portion of the bill upfront. Further, they must prove financial need as defined by their Care Credit application i.e., a financing group that provides veterinary healthcare credit cards.
How Can I Donate?
Thank you for your interest! You may make either a single or a recurring donation by cash, check or credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express). Credit card donations can be made online (coming soon). For donations made via check, please make out your checks to “Project Baboo, Inc.” and mail them to Dr. Marc Havig at 10130 Market St, Suite 1, Naples, FL 34112. You may also make cash donations in person by visiting the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida at the address listed above. We prefer check or cash donations in order to avoid credit card processing fees.
Is There A 501(3)(c) Tax Benefit If I Donate?
Yes, your donation is fully tax deductible to the extent the law allows. Once we receive your donation, we will provide you a receipt for your records.
Why Did You Start Project Baboo?
Just like you, we love animals, and we’re touched by the unique comradery our adored pets provide us. We want to help clients who are overwhelmed by their companion’s injury and who may not have the means to afford their medical care costs. Also, we wanted to honor the memory of our dog, Baboo.
How Many Families Has Project Baboo Helped?
We’ve already aided a handful of families, but we hope to broaden Project Baboo’s reach now that we’re officially introducing the organization externally.
Where Do We Derive The Most Donations/Funding?
We receive the most donations from the general public and from ASH clients who want to provide assistance to those in need.
How Do You Fundraise?
We use several platforms to raise awareness. We sell Project Baboo merchandise at local pet-friendly events. We also have information on our website, in our lobby and on social media.
What Percentage Of My Donation Goes Directly To The Client?
We use a small percentage of the fund to support awareness efforts (including marketing and merchandise to generate donations) and administration costs (including accounting and legal fees, ensuring we properly adhere to IRS requirements). Having said that, we are operated 100 percent by volunteers, which allows greater than 90 percent of all donations to be used directly to fund pets in need.
I'm Hoping Project Baboo Can Help Me Afford My Pet's Care, How Do I Apply?
If you meet the criteria listed above, notify your attending veterinarian. From there, (s)he will connect with Project Baboo administrators. If we believe you qualify, we will ask you to complete an application.
What Is Guide Star?
Guide Star is an organization that tracks the validity of nonprofits, allowing consumers to make educated decisions on where they apply their philanthropic efforts.
Your donation is tax-deductible. Project Baboo, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. Its Federal Tax ID Number is 47-2221266. Our policy is to not sell, trade, or rent our donors’ personal information to any other entity.
To make an offline donation, please mail checks to:
Donation Refund Policy
If you made an error in making your donation online via this page – or if you change your mind about contributing to Project Baboo – we will honor a refund if you request it within 15 days of your gift.
To initiate a refund, please call (239) 263-0480. We will return your refund using the original method of payment.
If you did not make your donation online and would like a refund, please contact us by calling (239) 263-0480 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
If you are interested in donating to Project Baboo, or would simply like more information please submit your information using the form on this page. We thank you for your interest!