Please review the below prior to applying for support. Once you have determined your program, please note whether “Veterinary Sponsorship” is required. (This means that you must have the treating veterinarian’s UNIQUE authorization code to plug into your application. Your application will not submit without this code.) This code lets us know that your pet has seen a veterinarian, who has identified a treatment plan. Once we receive your application, we will forward to your treating veterinary practice for completion prior to review. If you are requesting just diagnostic support, you DO NOT NEED A VETERINARY SPONSOR.

Program Eligibility

General Requirements

  • You and your pet must live in Monterey County, California
  • You and your family must be able to contribute to your pet’s care.  Your portion may come from you, friends, other animal organizations, credit. At no time does the Foundation cover all costs for evaluation and care.
  • You must be able to prove financial need
  • You cannot delay the appropriate and necessary care of your pet while waiting for processing of your application for a pet health care grant. 
  • Your veterinarian must provide a professional opinion that  a positive outcome is likely for your pet if a pet health care grant is provided.

Ineligible Situations

What types of injury/illness are not eligible for support?

  • Dental Issues arising from neglect. Trauma, Genetic or Illness-related dental issues are eligible to apply
  • Preventive and Routine care: Vaccination, spay or neuter, routine dental cleaning or dental exams/extractions/treatment required arising from dental neglect.
  • Treatment for conditions that could have been avoided with spay/neuter/vaccination, e.g. Pyometra, C=sections, Prostate infetion, Testicular cancer, Parvo or Distemper unless due to vaccine failure, Heartworm disease unless due to preventative failureeMost prostate diseases, May still be eligible for diagnostic fund support.


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, routine dental care, or more timely veterinary evaluation, such as Parvo.
  • Injury or illness is a result of neglect or abuse
  • Evaluation and treatment has already been completed
  • We have already supported one pet/one situation/one family in the prior year




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