Financial Assistance Resources
Product Information Resources
Advice for Nonprofits
Our Special Friends
For Shelter Directors
Working with Breeders and Rescues
FOR APPLICANTS INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR FUNDS
1. To Begin Your Application
The following application for individuals seeking funding from The Pet Fund
is now available online only. To begin your application, please read
over the following information carefully:
ALL applicants are
REQUIRED to contact The Pet Fund by phone BEFORE applying for
funding. Call 916-443-6007.
This way, we can ensure that all applicants are aware of both
the current wait list time and the eligibility requirements for
applying for financial assistance. The Pet Fund receives up to
200 calls per day, and it may take our volunteer staff some time
to respond to each call and email request. Applications which are sent
in before applicants have spoken with our staff will not be
Please note – we are not able to fund emergencies.
The Pet Fund ONLY funds non-basic, non-emergency care. This
includes medical care that is above and beyond basic care but
which does not require urgent treatment. Unfortunately we have a chronic wait list for funding, due to
the large number of applicants to our fund. IF YOU ARE
HAVING AN EMERGENCY, STOP HERE - THE PET FUND WILL NOT BE ABLE
TO HELP. PLEASE REFER TO THE “FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
RESOURCES” AND "LINKS" PAGES OF THE PET FUND WEBSITE FOR
ADDITIONAL FUNDING RESOURCES.
A. Next Step
veterinary care funding can ONLY be done online from a computer
with a printer. The ONLY exception to this rule
will be for persons with severe disabilities who are either
homebound or who cannot leave their home without assistance.
These individuals can have applications mailed to them with the prior permission of The Pet
Fund staff only. All other mailed applications or
letters requesting help will be returned to the senders unopened
If you do not have a computer with internet
access you will need to go to your local library, which will
have computers, printers, and internet access available.
Alternatively, you can ask your veterinarian’s office for
assistance, or you can ask friends or family members to assist
B. Rules For Applying
Please note – no contributions are EVER given directly to
individuals. The Pet Fund ONLY sends funding
directly to the treating veterinarians ONLY IF your application is
approved and treatment is scheduled. Funding resources are
limited, and the Pet Fund makes every effort to use limited funds
in the most responsible way.
The Pet Fund does not discriminate on the basis of
age, sex, or race. The Pet Fund reserves the right to deny funding
to anyone for any reason. Please read the complete application
agreement for details of the application process.
C. Before You Start
After you have spoken with Pet Fund staff and it has been determined that you
may be eligible to apply for funding, you will need to have the following items
available to help you complete the financial portion of the online application.
We advise that you gather this information together before you begin your online
application. Once you have started the online
application, you will not be able to return at a later time to complete it. You
will have to start over from the beginning with your online application for
funding. Collect the following:
Proof of income
- This can be a copy of a check stub, unemployment benefits,
disability benefits, etc. The proof of income must be recent,
and we cannot use tax forms for this purpose.
Copy of a written cost
estimate for the needed procedures and/or treatment from your
Name, address, and
medical license number for your treating veterinarian.
This will be included on your online application form. If you do
not have this information available, wait to fill out
your online application until you have obtained this