Chestnut’s Crisis Fund


“Chestnut’s Crisis Fund” has been created to help pet owners experiencing severe and immediate personal financial loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. 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. A complete list of Max’s veterinary partners, including contact information, hours and restrictions in treatments can be found HERE.

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 have been regularly employed before March 13, 2020.
  • Pet owners must be encountering a reduction in income due to COVID-19 crisis resulting in significant and immediate financial hardship
  • Applicants will be asked to provide proof of employment and reduced income with ONE of the following

A letter from employer noting reduction or elimination of work, OR
Submission of two consecutive pay stubs, OR
Proof of application of unemployment benefits, OR
Proof of employment at a business known to have reduced hours.

  • Pet illness*/injury must have occurred after March 13, 2020, and if not promptly addressed would result in prolonged suffering, permanent disability or euthanasia. *If illness is pre-existing and was stable, but complications occur after March 13, 2020 application will be accepted.
  • As with our standard program, application must be sponsored by a partner veterinarian
  • Approved pet owners will receive a one-time pet health care grant of up to 75% of emergency treatment costs up to a maximum of $2500. Payment will be made directly to the treating veterinarian.
  • Those not eligible for this program can always apply through our standard application process.

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

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