Summer 2015

Why I Give

Our philanthropists, in their own words

“The Foster Hospital knows 8-year-old Mies well after saving her back (twice) and giving her relief from kidney stones. As a result, she is a lively, active and mischievous doxie. The donations we provide are a small token of our huge appreciation.” —Linda Yih, owner of Mies van der Rohe, her beloved dachshund


Mies’ happy ending and the education of compassionate veterinarians are made possible by your annual gift to the Cummings Veterinary Fund. To make a contribution, visit

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