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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 email The Pet Fund a description of your animal’s medical needs. Send your email, including a phone number where you can be reached, to info@thepetfund.com. Staff will inform all applicants about both the current wait list time and the eligibility requirements for applying for financial assistance. The Pet Fund receives hundreds of requests for assistance per day, and it may take our volunteer staff some time to respond to each email request. Applications which are sent in before applicants have been advised by our staff will not be processed.
  • Please note – we are not able to fund emergencies. The Pet Fund ONLY funds non-basic, non-urgent 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 AND ADDITIONAL LINKS FOR HELP PAGES OF THE PET FUND WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING RESOURCES.

Next Step

  • Applications for veterinary care funding can ONLY be done online and will require access to a printer. If you do not have 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 you.

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS/STATEMENTS ABOUT VETERINARY CARE

  1. “My animal’s situation is not urgent.”
    We will let you know if your situation is medically appropriate for our wait list time.
  2. “My vet said this was not urgent.”
    Your vet does not evaluate our wait list. We will let you know if your situation qualifies.
  3. “The surgery (or treatment) will just have to wait anyway, because I don’t have the money to pay for it right now.”
    Care that we consider too urgent to qualify for our program does not qualify based on financial need. Applicants’ medical treatment will ONLY be considered if the situation meets our wait list criteria.
  4. “Your website says you work on this area” (heart disease, cancer, etc.).
    The Pet Fund provides assistance for a variety of treatment areas, but each specific treatment or procedure must be able to qualify for the current length of our wait list. If we are not able to assist we will provide you with resources listed elsewhere on the website where you may be able to receive help.
  5. “Can you tell me which of those organizations can help me?”
    The Pet Fund staff will not be able to do this for you. Pet owners are encouraged to read through the entire list of resources so they can develop a comprehensive awareness of all available sources of assistance. A list of nonprofit organizations is available on the Additional Links for Help page of the website, and other resources for help with medical bills are located on the Financial Assistance page of the website.

A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  1. The Pet Fund receives thousands of requests for assistance. We are not able to cover every situation, nor is there any nonprofit that is able to assist with every medical situation in every case. We provide as much help as our funding and wait list will allow.
  2. There are no organizations that are able to cover every category of care at a national level. Some organizations work only on urgent care, and other organizations focus on cancer treatment, etc.

    The instructions about what we cover are listed clearly on our website, and organizations that provide care in other treatment areas are also listed on the website for situations where we may not be able to help.

Before You Start

  • After you have been advised by The 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 veterinarian.
  • 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 information.

To proceed with your online application, type your name in the box below, as your signature.

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