Helping the Pets of Brain Injury Survivors


The accidental therapy dog!

In August 2015 our world turned upside down when Evan suffered a skull fracture and brain bleed after a 105 mile-per-hour line drive struck his temple while he was pitching in a baseball game. Luckily, our dog Butters came to the rescue. He stopped Evan from slipping into a coma by putting a paw on his chest while he lay in his hospital bed. Butters was with us throughout Evan’s recovery, as well as his triumphant return to baseball. We understand how life can change instantly for survivors of brain injury, which is why we started the Butters Fund: to help other families keep their “Butters” while going through medical treatment, rehab, and adjusting to a new normal. Thank you for supporting the basic health and medical needs of the furry family members of those impacted by brain injury.

Allison Marshall



Smokey was having trouble holding down food and fading fast.  The Butters Fund made it possible to get to the vet and get a quick diagnosis.  He is now on the road to recovery.


Lovable Ruger is a brain injury survivor himself.  Animal Control found Ruger after he had been shot in the head and left for dead. Animal Control and Valley of the Sun Dog Rescue gave Ruger some much needed medical attention.  The rescue pledged to help Ruger find his forever home, but after all he had been through he needed some training.  Butters Fund was proud to step up and support Ruger’s efforts to be his best doggie self.  When adopted, Ruger’s new family will even have a few complimentary training sessions, so Ruger can be a perfect gentleman in their home.


Little Bit’s mom has survived multiple brain injuries.  Many of them occurred after equestrian accidents while riding horses and during her days on the rodeo circuit.  Little Bits was in the early stages of Valley Fever in Southern Arizona when the Butters Fund stepped in and provided medication and a veterinary exam.  The illness was caught early and stopped.  


Tiki was abandoned in a parking lot when her family moved.  A spinal cord injury survivor saw Tiki in the parking lot and wanted to give her a home, but a spay surgery and vaccinations for Tiki was not in the budget. The Butters Fund stepped in to make sure that Tiki could stay in a home where she was loved instead of fending for herself on the streets.


Fifteen-year-old Stitch has lived a great life with her mom who is on disability and has limited mobility.  When Stitch became ill with a chest cold her mom was beside herself.  The Butters Fund had a mobile vet visit Stitch to address his illness and allow him to live out his super senior years healthy and with his mom.


Princess spends her days not too far from her human, Steve.  Steve is an Air Force Veteran and a survivor of brain injury, after being struck in the head during a robbery in Tucson in the early 90’s. Steve has adjusted to life in a group home for TBI survivors, thanks in large part to his service dog, Princess.  The cost of food and grooming adds up fast.  The Butters Fund was happy to help Steve in 2018 with the cost of grooming and some ongoing training for Princess.


Barbie was a young medical professional when an accidental overdose left her permanently disabled two years ago.  Her thoughts immediately turned to her longtime companion, her dog Zoey.  Barbie transitioned into a care home facility and the Butters Fund stepped in to make sure Zoey has the routine medical care she needs in 2018 to live out her doggie golden years with the only owner she has ever known, Barbie.


Pedro’s mom is a brain injury survivor after a vicious attack at the hands of a client left her unable to continue her work as a social work professional.  Pedro was a vital part of her recovery.  As Pedro aged he developed a heart issue that required medication and a cardiogram every year.  The Butters Fund paid for 6 months of his heart medication so that his mom could catch up on some of his canine cardiologist bills.


Keep a survivor of brain injury and their pet together, support The Butters Fund with a donation today!


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Low Cost, Short Term Boarding

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation

2323 South Hardy Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85282
(602) 445-7387 (PETS)

Provides free or low cost temporary boarding to the pets of people in transition or crisis

Arizona Pet Food Banks

Green Valley Food Bank

250 E. Continental
Green Valley, AZ 85614-1805
Phone: 520-625-5252

The Salvation Army

241 East 6th Street
Building 3 Family Services
Mesa, AZ 85211
Phone: 480-833-8322
Website: Salvation Army – Mesa AZ 


Maricopa County Animal Care Center

2630 W. 8th St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 602-506-7387

Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry

610 E. Bell Rd., #271
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Phone: 888-679-1109



Phoenix Rescue Mission

1801 S 35th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Phone: 602-233-3000

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation

16211 N. Scottsdale Rd
Suite A6A#274
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: 602-230-4357

Business Hours
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m


St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

13050 E. Elm St.
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: 602-242-3663


Urban Outreach

215 E University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 480-967-3376


Casa Maria Soup Kitchen

401 E. 26th St.
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: 520-624-0312

Veterinary Expense Assistance

Brown Dog Foundation

3079 South Danielson Place
Chandler AZ 85286

Provides financial assistance to pet owners in temporary financial crisis whose pet faces a treatable, but life-threatening condition or illness, in order to restore quality of life to owner and pet.

American Veterinary Medical Foundation

1931 N. Meacham Rd. Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Charitable care may be provided to those in need including, disabled vets requiring a service dog, low income seniors, good Samaritans who rescue pets, victims of domestic violence. Speak to your veterinarian, as requests must come from AVMA vets.


Assistance Dog United Campaign

10201 Old Redwood Hwy
Penngrove, CA 94951

Provides financial assistance to individuals who have the need for an assistance dog but have difficulty in raising the necessary funds.


Banfield Pet Hospital

HOPE Funds

18101 SE 6th Way
Vancouver, WA 98683
(866) 894-7927

HOPE program delivers help to pets with life-threatening conditions, through our hospitals.

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Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

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