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Sat October 19, 2024 Purchase, NY 10577 US Directions


VEG Cares 5K Timed Race

$32.80 9:00AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT Registration ends October 17, 2024 at 12:00pm EDT

VEG Cares 5k Fun Run/Family Walk

$32.80 9:30AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT Registration ends October 17, 2024 at 12:00pm EDT

VEG Cares 5k VIRTUAL Race

$22.20 Registration ends October 19, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT



Join Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG) for a morning of family-friendly fun at our VEG CARES 5K. All furry friends welcome and encouraged! Enjoy a beautiful fall morning walking, running, or scurrying around Manhattanville College. When you finish, join us for lunch and enjoy some kid & pet friendly activities. Registration costs includes lunch and other goodies. All 5K registration proceeds go directly to VEG Cares! 


Registration for minors (17 and under) is $5.00 and furry family members are free.


Discount code available for frontline VEGgies. 



If you wish to support VEG Cares with a donation, you may do so by visiting





Since 2019, VEG Cares has saved over 2000 animal lives (and counting!). 


VEG Cares is Veterinary Emergency Group's (VEG) charitable program. VEG partners with the 501(c)(3) Veterinary Care Foundation to collect donations and distribute them to guardians of under-served pets in our community.


VEG Cares provides life-saving care to pets in need at all VEG hospitals. These needs include pets with families facing financial distress, animals displaced by natural disasters, police, service & fire animals, and animals under the care of a shelter or rescue organization.



VEG Cares runs 100% on donations and every penny donated goes right into funding a lifesaving procedure for an animal in need.


Questions about VEG Cares? Please contact Natalie Kelly at






Cora is a 9 month old puppy, who was found in a trash bag. She was brought into VEG Tampa by a Good Samaritan. She was malnourished, covered in urine and feces, anemic, and practically just skin and bones. Dr. Lisa Soyka treated Cora, who underwent blood transfusions, received IV fluid, IV antibiotics, and deworming medication. Cora's medical expenses were covered by VEG Cares and the donations of generous community members. With the love and care of Dr. Soyka and her team, Cora returned to health and went from 22 lbs to 45 lbs. Cora entered a wonderful foster home and will soon find her forever home. 



Peaches is a sweet little Frenchie who came into VEG Boynton Beach having gone into labor earlier than expected and couldn't pass her first pup. The owner was extremely worried about Peaches and wasn't able to afford surgery despite applying for Care Credit and Scratchpay and making several calls to friends and family. Attending veterinarian, Dr. Calhoon shared that it was a joy to be able to focus on Peach's care and reassure her owner that we'd still focus on Peaches' medical needs regardless.The owner stayed through the whole process and was deeply grateful that VEG was available and willing to help when both Peaches and her family needed it and literally had no other options. 




Flotus is a one year old FS pocket pibble mix. Flotus was adopted in April and had intermittent episodes of vomiting and lethargy since adoption. Flotus was transferred to VEG Lincoln Park for surgery after the referring veterinarian found a fully intact spoon in her abdomen. Flotus' owner is a special education teacher and had fallen on hard times.  Hospital Manger Brian Shears decided it was the right decision to move forward using VEG Cares funds. It was clear that the spoon had been there for a long time; likely prior to adoption. Flotus had a very guarded to poor prognosis. Flotus stayed at VEG for a few days and made everyone fall in love with her. She continued to get stronger and was discharged a few days later.  



Dusty is a 5 year old domestic short hair cat that came in to VEG White Plains in May with a presenting complaint of straining to urinate. Dusty is owned by the nuns at the Missionaries of Charity Mother Theresa Bronx Shelter. The cost to care for Dusty would have been very difficult for the nuns financially since their shelter functions solely on donations. Dr. Germain and her team did not want to euthanize this young otherwise healthy cat or send him home to suffer, so they decided to use VEG Cares. It was one of the most rewarding cases they could have used it on. The nuns were so thankful. Dusty was able to get the care he needed and was able to go home a couple days later. 



Olive is a Great Dane that came to VEG Ft. Worth as it was suspected she had eaten something. She has a passion for socks. It was soon discovered that she indeed had an obstruction and needed emergency surgery. The customer had just lost her father to COVID, and spent thousands on his funeral services. So the timing could not have been worse for this family. When Dr. Rogers and the team at VEG Ft. Worth informed her that they could use VEG Cares to help finance the surgery, she was extremely grateful. The surgery went well and they removed a Harry Potter sock. She made a complete recovery!



Pumpkin is a 4 month old intact male kitten, who came in to VEG Hoboken in May with difficulty breathing. His owner had adopted/found him a few months prior and he had nasal discharge since she's had him. Pumpkin had a lot of difficulty breathing when he arrived, so Dr. Roth and her team put him in an oxygen cage. Dr. Roth made the owner an estimate for treatment, but she couldn't afford it. Pumpkin was having so much trouble breathing that Dr. Roth knew if he went home he probably wouldn't survive (and if he did survive, he would be suffering). But Dr. Roth also knew that she and her team could probably save his life with just a little bit of time, oxygen, and some injectable antibiotics. Dr. Roth utilized VEG Cares and Pumpkin went home to his mom soon after.

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Manhattanville University
2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY US 10577



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