Jake’s Fund

Jake’s Fund is a fund specifically set aside to pay for extraordinary veterinary costs for sick and injured shelter pets.

In 2011, a 10-year-old lab mix named Jake arrived at Roice-Hurst Humane Society after spending six months at a local boarding kennel, waiting for a family who never came back. When a routine test showed that Jake had an advanced case of heartworm, permanently damaging his heart, we feared that finding a home for a senior dog with a life-threatening condition might be an insurmountable challenge.
However, one of our wonderful volunteers, Linda Bailey, met Jake and heard his story. She vowed that Jake would spend the rest of his life at home with her, no matter the financial or emotional cost. Linda couldn’t have known that, instead of giving her boy a loving home for a few more years, she would only have him for a few more weeks.
Jake’s heart gave out at the end of November of 2011. He would never know how much his sweet face and inspiring story moved donors to give so generously and helped find great families for other pets who needed extra care.
Rather than asking for help from our community each and every time a sick or injured pet comes through our doors (which is often!), we decided to honor Jake’s memory by establishing Jake’s Fund, a fund specifically set aside to help with the costs of the next major surgery, rehabilitation, costly medication, or other critical need.
Jake, wherever you are over the Rainbow Bridge, know that we love you, we thank you, and you’re in our hearts forever. Your legacy has helped hundreds of pets with serious medical problems over the past decade.
Thank you for continuing Jake’s legacy by making a gift to Jake’s Fund.

Jake’s Fund Recipients


Pancake was discovered on the side of the road after being hit by a car. It was clear he had been on his own for some time, as he was matted and injured. Pancake was rushed to a veterinarian, thanks to Jake’s Fund donors. After a few weeks of healing and a spa day, Pancake was adopted – and his new name is Jake! 


Coraline came to Roice-Hurst in 2015 after she was found living near an oil field with her litter of kittens, eating rabbits to survive and suffering frostbite to her ears. She was medically treated thanks to Jake’s Fund donors and adopted by the Roice-Hurst team! She is now Roice-Hurst’s resident office cat and Cat Executive Officer.


Stripes fell from a second-story window as a kitten before coming to Roice-Hurst. Jake’s Fund donors covered the cost of Stripes’ orthopedic surgery and physical therapy. After a few months of healing in a foster home, Stripes made a full recovery and was adopted into a loving family of his own!


Sickly puppy Rocket arrived at our Delta Satellite Facility as a stray alongside his brother, who tragically passed away from symptoms of parvovirus. Rocket miraculously survived parvo after weeks of intensive treatment, which was covered by Jake’s Fund donors!


At 10 years old, senior sweetheart Faith was rescued from a hoarding situation. She was very sick with rotting teeth, eye infections, matted fur – and she was pregnant. Faith and her daughter, Gia, are now happy and healthy together in their forever home, thanks to Jake’s Fund donors!


Greybeard was discovered living outdoors with a matted coat, painful mouth, and an upper respiratory infection. Ten-year-old Greybeard received medicine, a thorough grooming, and had his painful teeth removed thanks to Jake’s Fund donors, helping him feel like a kitten again!