We would like to help all pets and all pet families with financial need, but there are a number of basic eligibility criteria that must be met before we can evaluate an application for a pet health care grant. Eligible and approved pet owners will receive a one-time pet health care grant of up to one-half of veterinary care costs up to a maximum grant of $1500. 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. Grant funds are never distributed to the pet owner. Rather, the funds are distributed to the veterinarian providing care.
Categories of Care
Categories of Care for Pet Health Care Grants
Urgent Care: Evaluation and care for short-term acute injury or illness such as traumatic wounds, acute illness not immediately life threatening but needs care
Emergent Care: Evaluation and care for short-term, life-threatening acute injury or illness
Diagnostics & Stabilization: Initial evaluation and care of a chronic or potentially chronic illness or injury often done by or with guidance from a veterinary specialist where client will assume financial responsibility for ongoing care.
Categories Not Eligible for Pet Care Grants
Preventive and Routine care: Vaccination, spay or neuter, routine dental cleaning and exams.
Ongoing care of previously diagnosed chronic illness
Information about you and your pet
You and your pet must live in Monterey County, California
Your pet must be under the current care of a veterinarian in Monterey County, California
You and your family must be able to pay for at least half of the expenses necessary for your pet’s care. At no time does the Foundation cover all costs for evaluation and care.
You must be able to prove financial need and inability to qualify for commercial support such as but not limited to CareCredit
You cannot delay the appropriate and necessary care of your pet while waiting for processing of your application for a pet health care grant. You must be able to pay for care to stabilize your pet while the grant application is processed.
You must grant permission to the Foundation to use pictures of your pet and a summary of your pet’s care and support for the purposes of promotion and fundraising.
Information from your veterinarian
Your veterinarian must participate with the Foundation and assist in the application process
Your veterinarian must provide a professional opinion that a positive outcome is likely for your pet if a pet health care grant is provided.
Your veterinarian must grant permission to the Foundation to use pictures of your pet and a summary of your pet’s care and support for the purposes of promotion and fundraising.
Regardless of other eligibility criteria, the Foundation will not provide assistance if any of the following circumstances apply:
The condition being treated could have been prevented through routine vaccination, spay/neuter, or more timely veterinary evaluation
Your pet is being or has been used for breeding purposes
Injury or illness is a result of neglect or abuse
You or a direct family member has received a grant from the Foundation within the previous two years.
Evaluation and treatment has already been completed
Obtain initial evaluation, treatment plan and cost estimate from participating veterinarian
Determine what financial resources you have available to meet your pet’s care needs
Apply for CareCredit and obtain available funds if approved
Only if not approved, or not enough to cover the remaining balance, complete an Application and gather requested materials Give copy of application to treating veterinarian
Treating Veterinarian completes Initial Evaluation/Treatment Plan and Estimate, and Application review and submits them to at
The treating veterinary hospital must download complete the boxed portion underneath the owner’s signature on the application.
Once your complete application, supporting documents, and your veterinarian’s initial review and plan are received, they will be sent to the MHPF Committee for review.
MHPF aims for evaluation and review within 48 hours of receipt of a complete application. In emergency cases we will make an effort to expedite review.
All applications will be reviewed without bias or consideration of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age or marital status.
MHPF will then notify both the pet owner and treating veterinarian of approval or denial.