Financial Aid

Once Max’s Helping Paws begins accepting applications for Pet Care Grants in December, 2016, eligible pet owners can apply for a one-time grant which must be for previously cared for pets whose medical needs match our care category and wait list time. Each case is different and therefore the amount of financial assistance provided also differs with each case, but it is limited.  The level of assistance provided depends upon a number of factors including the type of illness or injury, the course of action needed and the funds available at the time of the request.  At no time do we cover the cost of the entire procedure.

While we understand and empathize that you may be facing unemployment, disability, or special hardship circumstances, however, if you do not have any money to assist your pet with veterinary services, we will be unable to help you. If your pet is in need of immediate veterinary care where any delay will put the animal at risk, it is your responsibility and duty to take the animal to the veterinarian.  Do not wait to contact us and please be aware that even by doing so there is no guarantee that we will be able to provide you with any financial assistance.  Your pet’s health must take priority.


  • You must demonstrate financial need and be able to pay at least half of your pet’s costs.  Max’s Helping Paws will supplement your contribution.
  • Applicants must first apply for and use funds through CareCredit.
  • You must be referred by your veterinarian.   You must have already obtained a medical opinion from your referring veterinarian identifying what is ailing your pet, the likely course of treatment and outcome and a cost estimate. We do not pay for the veterinary office call to obtain this information.
  • That veterinarian must be a partner practice or be located in Monterey, Carmel, etc
  • MHPF provides assistance to those in Monterey County in the State of California.
  • The maximum amount is $1500 per applicant.
  • You must be the pet’s owner/owner.
  • Your pet must be spayed or neutered or can safely be sterilized at the time treatment is rendered. We will help pay for the spay/neuter surgery in addition to the medical assistance. We understand that there may be times when the pet cannot be sterilized at the time of treatment due to age or the nature of the illness or injury. We will not be able to provide assistance in these cases. This includes puppies with parvo.
  • Due to the overwhelming number of applications received, we can only help you once every two calendar years.
  • Unless emergency situation, applications must be submitted online.
  • The pet/found animal must have a life-threatening illness, injury or condition.
  • The veterinarian’s prognosis (in the veterinarian’s best professional judgment) should indicate a positive outcome.
  • ·         ·            It is expected that the owner will contribute to the cost of treatment to the fullest extent possible. Repayment of free loan fund- we ask those that have received financial assistance and are able, to help replenish the fund. This assures that funding is accessible, and enables even one small contribution to go a long way and have a share in extending many more loans. Making sure that money will be available to help save the next pet.
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  • ·            The veterinary practice and owner/owner consents to allow Max’s Helping Paws the use of any pictures, practice name and descriptions of medical care for the purposes of promotion and fund raising. Please see the application form attached for further details of funding options.



  • We do not provide assistance for injuries or illnesses that could have been prevented through standard routine care.
  • We do not provide assistance if you have bred the animal, other animals in your care, or are an animal breeder of any kind.
  • We do not provide assistance if the animal’s treatment has been completed, if the bill has already been paid and you are seeking reimbursement or if the animal has been released from the veterinarian.
  • The following are not funded under our current guidelines. This should not be considered as all inclusive:
  • Medical care for pets with a poor prognosis or already deceased.
  • Medical bills already covered by other resources.
  • Cancer diagnosis or treatments.
  • Spay/Neuter or routine medical care or vaccinations.
  • Dental Care.
  • Maintenance medicines.
  • Preventable diseases caused by lack of vaccinations or lack of veterinary care. (exceptions made for rescued animals already with the disease).
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