Quincys Pledge to build an animal hospital with all proceeds.
People have asked me to explain why I intend to pledge all the proceeds from Quincys into building such a hospital. Well, this move isn’t a complete surprise. Back in the late 90’s, I was a very successful businessman and did a lot of charity work for the likes of the RSPCA and other rescue centres, but due to the 2006 recession, lost it all. I had to cut all my costs and even ended up having to cancel my insurance policies for my three dogs.
Quincys was set up back in January 2012 by myself Vikram Jashapara, with the sole purpose of creating an animal hospital that will help people with animals even if they have no insurance. Of course my dream is that this hospital is going to become the largest in the country. As of January 2013, Quincys have received media attention and awards for their innovative Dog Mobility Harness and the company is now slowly selling the harness worldwide.
Having previously coming from a council estate, leaving school with no qualifications, joining the military, and finally after leaving HMforces, working really hard and becoming a millionaire, you make a lot of friends along the way, but what hurts the most is when you have lost your money. You realise that none of these people were really your friends. Its easy to forgive strangers because they don’t know any better, but people you thought were friends…? This may sound strange to people who don’t own dogs, but, my dogs were the only things I felt close to and, to me, they became my best friends.
Back in 2011, I was starting to get my finances back in order very slowly with a lot of help from family members. Around late 2011, I came across a little 6 month old Douge de Bordeaux puppy who was going to be put to sleep due to being unable to walk through a spinal injury. Although, I couldn’t really afford him, I took him on.
Around this time I was doing trials on my Quincys harness and decided to use him as another test subject. Over the coming months, he slowly improved and started walking with the aid of my support harness.
Not long after, this little monkey, decides to go and get bloat! Now, bloat is a very serious condition and its one of the quick silent killers that a lot of dog owners don’t know much about. Simply put, gases build up in the dog, which if he can’t release, make him look pregnant. This can cause all sorts of problems and if the stomach twists, the dog only has hours or minutes to live.
Fortunately, I knew about this and rushed him to the local veterinary hospital in South Mimms, Hertfordshire.
I explained to the vet that he was uninsured because of his injury and even explained what the dog had been through, thinking stupidly that maybe my bill will be reduced!!
The vet who examined him confirmed the dog had bloat and x-rays would need to be carried out and medication given, which would cost around £350.00. Furthermore if the stomach was found to be twisted, then it would be my choice as to what to do.
This ‘my choice as to what to do’ confused me, and that’s when I realised that the vet meant money. So I asked the consultant what the cost of an operation would be, to which he replied, £2500 for the operation and a further £2500 for the aftercare.
Although I had the money to pay for this, I had to ask him one more question “So.. if a little old woman came in here with her dog at 11pm in the evening as I have done, and say…, she couldn’t afford to pay the £5000.00, let alone the £350.00, would you would simply put her dog to sleep”?
To which he replied, “If a charity stepped in and paid for the operation, of course we would operate, however, we are not a charity”.
Fortunately, my little puppy didn’t have a twisted stomach and he’s all okay now, however, it could have all ended differently for him if I had not realised the symptoms of bloat. Let me tell you about what it was like to go broke, something most people won’t like to admit. Previously, I once saw an Aston Martin car and the next day I owned a new Aston Martin Convertible. I would think nothing about giving a beggar on the street £100.00.
Before the recession, I went from being very wealthy to after the recession, having panic attacks because I couldn’t afford food… My relationship deteriorated… my so called friends left me… but I never gave up my will to succeed and get back on top of the food chain.
Nowadays money doesn’t mean anything to me. I’m quite happy driving any car – old, new, but, one thing I’m very choosy about, is my friends. Money is a great goal in life to achieve as long as you remember it’s only a goal, but, what really matters, is what you do with this
money and what people will remember you by.
Of course I’ve had people say to me that it would be better if I donated this income towards people instead of animals. In my eyes, I see what I’m doing as helping people. To me I’m helping your poor grandmother who can’t afford insurance whose little animal is the only thing she has left. If you don’t agree with this comment, I bet theres a hundred others who do.
I can’t cure the world, but I’m doing my little part to help. At this stage, Quincys is still a new company. The hardest thing is trying to get your company know to the world – even if it’s the best product in the world. Once its know, then I can start helping.