Dear FidoCure® Community,
The year continues to challenge us on so many levels. With the pandemic still a prevalent issue, we are now also confronted with the need to address the systematic racism embedded in our society.
Until we are all free, none of us are free.
FidoCure® stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. All businesses, and especially mission driven businesses like ours, must fight abuse of power and social injustice.
Love is a force that unites our communities. It propels us to move forward in the face of adversity.
My former philosophy professor and FidoCure® ethics advisor, Dr. Cornel West, shares this view in a conversation with Anderson Cooper. He touches upon the historical struggles of race, and how love has created hope to confront these issues. I urge you to watch it.
FidoCure® is committed to promoting an inclusive community where individuals are treated with kindness, respect, and equality.
We commit to creating a future that is safe for every single person to live in. We feel encouraged by the Supreme Court’s ruling to protect LGBTQ rights for equal treatment in the workplace. However, we know there is much more to be done to establish a society that is just and fair for all.
You may be wondering, “What does veterinary care have to do with social injustice?”
To put it simply, the answer is more than you think!
Pets are part of the family. And we are committed to providing quality care to our family members.
Our advisor, Dr. Michael Blackwell DVM, MPH, explains the issue best in this video.
At its heart, it’s a matter of access.
Pets are important family members. Low income families have less access to pet care due to financial challenges. As a socioeconomic issue, there is a painful overrepresentation of low income families among minority groups. This is detrimental to families and their beloved pets.
FidoCure® is working hard to improve and expand access to advanced canine cancer care for all dogs and their families.
Our COVID-19 Relief Program is the first step to promote accessibility. We are already working on additional programs to help more families access FidoCure.®
We are taking the time to reflect on how we can support the movement towards change.
- First, we are educating our team on how to make a positive impact in our local communities and our world.
- Second, we are reviewing internal best practices across all departments, especially hiring and HR.
- Third, we are reviewing our vendors’ diversity practices to ensure our commitment manifests in concrete actions.
We encourage you to do the same and spread awareness in your own communities on how we can each make meaningful changes to build a diverse and inclusive society.