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GENERAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Your pet is a dog or cat

  • You and your pet must live in Monterey County, California

  • You may be required to make a meaningful financial contribution to your pet’s care. This may come from you, friends, other or other animal welfare organizations.

  • You must be able to prove low income and financial need

  • You cannot delay the appropriate/necessary care of your pet while waiting for processing of your application.

INELIGIBLE SITUATIONS

  • Dental Issues arising from neglect (e.g., loose teeth, tarter and gum disease).

    • Dental problems due to Trauma, or Illness may be eligible

  • Preventive and Routine care (e.g., vaccination, spay or neuter, parasite preventives)

  • Injury or illness is a result of neglect or abuse

  • Reproductive and Breeding evaluations and care, or complications from breeding

  • Cosmetic procedures or complications from cosmetic procedures

  • Evaluation and treatment has already been completed

  • Care provided by anyone that is not a licensed veterinarian

Submitting an application does not guarantee approval. Please do not make an appointment or request treatments from your veterinarian you cannot pay for until you have received confirmation of financial assistance. We will notify you and your veterinarian once a decision has been made.

SPECIFIC PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

GET EM TO THE VET

  • Funds to support initial exam and care by a veterinarian you’re your pet has not been seen (or has had initial exam but you are unable to afford the recommended treatment plan from the veterinarian) .

  • Generally limited to a single appointment/veterinary visit but limited rechecks may be authorized if we are notified in advance

  • You may need to contribute a small amount to care costs if financially able to do so.

SHORT TERM / CRITICAL

  • Evaluation and care of unexpected, urgent or emergent illness or injury

  • Initial evaluation and care of a chronic condition

  • You will need to make a meaningful financial contribution toward your pet’s care costs

  • Care may occur in single visit, over a few days or over a period of several months when authorized

  • The Treating Veterinarian must support the application and provide a medical and cost plan to Max’s Helping Paws

LONG TERM / CONTINUED

  • Assistance with care of a chronic medical disease or cancer for up to 2 years

  • You will be required to contribute significantly (generally 50%) toward your pet's care costs

  • You must be able to document continued eligibility and financial need during the 2 years of assistance

  • The Treating Veterinarian must support the application and provide a medical and cost plan

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