Chestnut’s Crisis Fund



Chestnut’s Crisis Fund was initially created to help pet owners experiencing severe and immediate personal financial loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund will now be extended to assist those impacted by the Historic California Wildfires. The fund will run in tandem with the foundation’s regular financial support program, which remains unchanged. We believe that, because of loss of employment, virtually overnight the pool of community members who will be in need of financial assistance to help keep their companion pet from suffering has multiplied. This provides an additional resource to help those who, just a few short days ago, might not have needed support, but suddenly must decide between getting essential treatment for their pet or feeding their family.

Under the Chestnut’s Crisis Fund program, Max’s will pay up to 75 percent up to a maximum of $2,500 for those impacted financially by COVID-19 or Wildfires. The fund will operate as funds are available, during a critical time when businesses are shut down and jobs are lost. As with all MHPF programs, pet owners must apply through their treating veterinary practice. Many still open for business during COVID-19, these practices stand ready to treat pets during this crisis. Many have special protocols in place regarding client interaction, pet care, sanitation and payment options.

We continue to rely heavily on the generosity of the community to fund its mission.

Donations are accepted through


  • Pet owners must reside in Monterey County
  • Pet owners must be encountering a reduction in income due to COVID-19 crisis or California Wildfires resulting in significant and immediate financial hardship
  • Pet owners must provide ONLY ONE of these for Proof of Income in order to receive support
    -Letter from employer noting reduction or elimination of work due to COVID 19
    -Submission of two consecutive pay stubs – one prior to March 13
    -Copy of your application for Unemployment or government support
    -Documentation of loss resulting from California Wildfired
  • As with our standard program, application must be sponsored by a partner veterinarian


MAX’S WANTS TO SAY YES, so if your pet needs help, please ask your veterinarian for sponsorship and apply.

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