One of the first things cat owners worry about when financial difficulties loom is how to provide adequate care for their pets. It’s hard enough to find the money for cat food, but medical emergencies can mean a financial catastrophe, forcing some to choose between euthanasia and vet care.
If you find yourself in that situation, you may find some financial relief through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund which provides financial assistance through AAHA-accredited veterinary practices for emergency and non-elective veterinary care. They can help in three types of cases:
- When a pet owner is receiving certain forms of government assistance for low-income individuals
- When a pet owner experiences a temporary financial hardship
- When a veterinary practice acts as a Good Samaritan and no pet owner exists
How HPF Works
The Fund does not accept applications from individuals. Only AAHA-accredited veterinary practices can apply for a grant on behalf of the pet in need. Assistance is limited to $700 per AAHA-accredited practice per calendar year. The maximum available to each family is $500 per year and $1000 lifetime.
After a completed application is submitted, the AAHA Helping Pets Fund replies quickly with approval status usually within 24 hours. AAHA accredited practices can apply to the program, but are not obligated to do so, and funding is limited to the amounts indicated.