About Us

Our Story

The Porter-Rinksy Foundation (The PRF) was developed in 2022, one year after our beloved Porter died suddenly. Porter (also known as Rinksy or Porter-Rinsky) was a 3 year old Bernese Mountain Dog who contracted a rare bacteria that shut his internal organs down in the matter of days with little to no warning. Porter’s only options and hope for survival required extravagant measures and insurmountable costs for treatment. It was truly one of the worst days of our lives.

After some time passed and we could process what happened, we were generally curious how many dog owners and families are faced with similar realities. Being in the pet industry full time, we had the ability to reach out to some industry partners and found out what we dealt with happens almost every single day. We knew we had to help somehow.

The bottom line is that veterinary medicine technology and treatments have improved by leaps and bounds but the costs of treating clinical emergencies has also risen drastically causing pet owners to make unthinkable decisions due to lack of funding. It’s our mission to help as pets in need as possible and honor our beloved Porter-Rinsky at the same time.

If you could
have lived on
love alone,
you would
have lived
forever.

DEDICATED TO SAVING PETS’ LIVES WITH LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS, DISEASES AND ILLNESSES.

DEDICATED TO SAVING PETS’ LIVES WITH LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS, DISEASES AND ILLNESSES.

Our Mission

THE PORTER-RINSKY FOUNDATION IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO SAVING PETS’ LIVES WITH LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS, DISEASES AND ILLNESSES.

Our one and only goal is to save as many dogs and cats’ lives as possible. The PRF provides grants to assist with the cost of life-saving emergency or specialty care for pets whose families cannot afford the full cost of treatment.

The PRF will assist families who demonstrate substantial financial need and whose pets, with treatment, have a strong prognosis to return to a quality lifestyle

Board of Directors

KYLE AND MEGAN CASEY

FOUNDERS

Kyle & Megan Casey are founding partners and owners of The Porter-Rinsky Foundation and it was the death of their beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Porter, who inspired the two to create the organization.

The Central Iowa natives are also operating partners and part owners of Paws & Pints, a 33,000 sq. ft. facility which hosts four canine-themed businesses which opened Summer of 2022.

The two have a corporate background, Megan worked for a national food broker for 9 years and Kyle worked in finance for 16 years before entering the animal world fulltime. Both Megan and Kyle were tired of the rate race and wanted to work alongside their current canine-tribe: Kora and Myers, both Bernese Mountain Dogs and Murphy a Shar-Pei.

After Porter’s passing and experiencing the pain of a major loss, coupled with the immense cost and unbearable decisions that went with it, they walked away wondering how often people go through this same pain.

“WE WALKED AWAY BROKE AND WITH A GIANT HOLE IN OUR HEARTS. WE FELT USELESS…” – MEGAN CASEY

After some thorough discussion with some of Central Iowa’s brightest Veterinary Professionals, Kyle and Megan quickly understood that what they faced happens every single day and in many cases, pet owners cannot afford the necessary care.

“NEITHER OF US ARE VETERINARIANS OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND WE COULDN’T GO BACK IN TIME AND BE WITH OUR PORTER, SO THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE KNEW HOW WE COULD HELP. NOW WE HAVE THE AUDIENCE TO SHARE OUR EXPERIENCE WITH AND NOTHING GIVES US MORE JOY THAN TO DO IT IN PORTER’S NAME.” – KYLE & MEGAN CASEY

The couple is currently trying to grow their canine business, Paws & Pints, into a national brand and with that, grow The Porter-Rinsky Foundation right along with it and be able to help pets in need all over the country.

DR. ANGIE GEARHART

VETERINARIAN, MEDICAL DIRECTOR – IOWA VETERINARY SPECIALTIES

Dr. Angie Gearhart graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She practiced small animal medicine in a primary care practice in Arkansas for 8 years. Dr Gearhart and her family moved to Des Moines in 2007. From 2007 to 2016, Dr. Gearhart worked as an emergency veterinarian at Iowa Veterinary Specialties. Dr Gearhart joined an integrative veterinary practice in 2016 and became a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 2017.

In April 2019, Dr Gearhart rejoined Iowa Veterinary Specialties as Medical Director as well as the head of the Hospice Palliative Care Department and oversees the Blood Bank at Iowa Veterinary Specialties. Dr Gearhart works closely with the medical team and nursing staff at Iowa to continue to grow our mission of serving pets, families and veterinarians in the Greater Des Moines area.

During her free time Dr. Gearhart enjoys spending time with her family which includes 2 sons, her husband and her new kitten Georgie. She is passionate about veterinary medicine and shares her passion with high school students at Waukee High School through their APEX program. This program provides students interested in Animal Science careers with exposure and experience in the practice of small animal medicine. In 2018 she was recognized by the Apex program for her contributions.

Dr Gearhart is a member of The American Veterinary Medical Association, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Association, and Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society.

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