Our Roots- Our Founders - 1986
Bustling clinic at The Union Gospel Mission
NATIONWIDE FIRST NO-COST VETERINARY CLINIC FOR HOMELESS & LOW INCOME FAMILIES
To honor the pioneers that they are, our organization is named after our founders, Dr. Doney and Dr. Coe. Our name is not catchy or easy to remember, but because we remain dedicated to our founders' vision, we continue to honor them in our name. In 2018, our organization was renamed from The Doney Memorial Pet Clinic to Doney Coe Pet Clinic to recognize Dr. Coe's lifetime of community service.
Early on, a People Magazine article thrust us into national spotlight, and Dr. Coe generously supported the creation of several similar organizations by sharing his expertise.
Dr. Bud & Nancy Doney treating the first ever furry client
DR.CHARLES 'BUD' DONEY & WIFE NANCY
At age 50, Dr. Bud Doney made giving back to the community his main goal in life. Dr. Doney had long noticed the growing homeless community and their pets in Downtown Seattle, with no help available to ensure the health and care of the animals. Equipped with supplies from his for-profit veterinary clinic, Dr. Doney and his wife Nancy treated 2 dogs at the first ever clinic, held in a small chapel at the Union Gospel Mission. Our field veterinary clinic was born! Word of Dr. Doney's kindness spread fast, and clients lined up at each clinic hours before it opened its doors. Sadly, after only a few clinics, Dr. Doney became ill and died in 1987.
Dr.Stan Coe at one of the many clinics he has volunteered at
DR. STANLEY 'STAN' COE
In 1986, Dr. Stanley 'Stan' Coe promised that he will continue his friend's legacy. Dr. Coe took the reins of the clinic and established the nonprofit organization. For 45 years, until retirement, Dr. Coe was the active owner of Elliott Bay Animal Hospital. Just like Dr. Doney, he treated all animals by providing his own supplies and equipment. Animals in need of more extensive care or surgery were transferred to Elliot Bay Animal Hospital, again at no-cost or a 'token bill' that never got paid. For many years, doctor's notes and client information were handwritten on index cards. iPhones and email did not exist and the focus was on treating as many animals as possible during each clinic.
To this day, Dr. Coe actively participates in every Board of Directors' and strategic planning meeting. He volunteered at the clinic until we urged him to prioritize his health when the pandemic hit. Dr. Coe's involvement and presence are a constant motivator for our young generation of volunteers. Dr. Coe reminds us often about how proud Dr. Doney would be that his legacy thrives.
Don Rolf assisting a veterinarian
There are many compassionate and talented people that contributed to Doney Coe's history of community service. Don Rolf, a mammal behaviorist, was a founding member of the team and has filled every role in the organization, whatever was needed at any given time. Originally, he picked up food and supplies at donors’ homes in his personal pick-up truck. Today, Don navigates our truck through Seattle traffic with ease to transport our equipment and sets up clinic better than anyone. He has the skills to assist veterinarians during treatment, restrain animals professionally, and groom cats and dogs. Don's dedication provides the groundwork for clinic operations today and he remains a valued member of the Board of Directors.
FOR 35 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN A CONSTANT IN OUR COMMUNITY
To this day our mission remains. We have built lasting relationships with our clients through different generations. New challenges and opportunities await us and we are ready thanks to our generous donors and supporters. Our longevity, lean structure, adaptability, and outstanding team of volunteers are what sets us apart!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Doney Coe Pet Clinic is led by a talented group of animal and human lovers.
They utilize their expertise and skills to the benefit of the Doney Coe Pet Clinic’s clients.
Stan Coe, DVM, Founder, Doney Coe Pet Clinic
Don Rolf, Director, Clinic Operations
Marti Casey: Management, Marketing, and Communications Consultant
Lara Kreyenhagen, DVM : Veterinarian at Aurora Veterinary Hospital
Michael Williams: Sr. Project Executive, LEED AP BD+C at Bayley Construction
Frank Siderius: Partner at Siderius Lonergan & Martin, LLP
Becka Johnson Poppe : Physical Environment Budget Manager
Michelle C. Kelley: Legal Assistant at FarPoint Venture Law PC
*Pascale Fortmann: Interim Executive Director