The man's dog had an abscessed tooth that had broken and needed immediate care. The owner did not have the $400 needed.
"He told me that he would just stop eating if that is what was needed to pay for his dog's treatment. That's how much his pet meant to him," Terri Roberts said.
The man was a client of Columbus Hospice and the veterinarian's fee was paid by the organization's Pet Peace of Mind program.
A champagne brunch, the Purse Party for Pets, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rivermill Event Centre on First Avenue in Columbus to raise funds for the self-sustaining program.
Purses by top designers such as Michael Kors have been donated by merchants, including Neiman Marcus, from across the country for the event. There will be both a live auction and silent auction for the purses.
Jewelry and a Panama City vacation will also be up for bid.
"People will be able to get some wonderful things at a low price," Roberts said.
Last year, the event raised more than $6,000.
Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at the door or online at www.columbushospice.com
"Sometimes, a pet is the only family a person has. Nothing is more important to them. The pets provide unconditional love," said Roberts who began the program in 2010.
The program allows patients to keep pets when the person is no longer able to physically care for them. Columbus Hospice makes sure the pets are well fed, cleaned and groomed and that they get their shots and other medical needs.
When the owner dies, the best placement for the pet is sought.
"We recently found a home for a pair of 15-year-old cats. We weren't sure we would be able to. Before she died, the owner knew her pets would be taken care of and that gave her peace of mind. That's what the program is all about," Roberts said.
The program has handled many kinds of animals including getting a bird's wings clipped and the nails of a rabbit.
The program depends on donations and this fundraiser.
She said the brunch is a fun time for a good cause.
"We really need a good turnout," she said.