These programs now available indefinitely to All Monterey County Veterinary Primary and Specialty Practices. No veterinary practice enrollment required.

Short Term/Critical Care Includes Emergency/Urgent Care, Diagnostics & Stabilization, Critical Care
Emergent – Evaluation and care for short-term, life-threatening acute injury or illness
– Evaluation and care for short-term acute injury or illness such as traumatic wounds, acute illness not immediately life threatening but needs care
$1,500 (Within 90 Days) Diagnostics/Stabilization alone up to $500
Long Term/Continued Care Initial evaluation & treatment, then continued care for newly diagnosed chronic medical conditions
Continued care support for ALREADY-DIAGNOSED chronic medical conditions when owner can no longer afford to maintain treatment
$6,000 (Over 2 Years)
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.Pet owners must have been regularly employed before March 13, 2020.
$2,500 (Within 90 Days)












Pet Owners

Ineligible Situations

  • 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.
  • Ongoing care of previously diagnosed chronic illness unless diagnosed through treatment received with Max’s funds.
  • Reproductive surgeries such as C-sections that are known issues resulting from failure to spay some breeds.


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
  • Injury or illness is a result of neglect or abuse
  • Evaluation and treatment has already been completed

All Program Eligibility

  • You and your pet must live in Monterey County, California
  • You and your family must be able to significantly 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.

Funding Process

  • Go to your family veterinarian first!  Veterinarian will determine what additional diagnostic chests or treatments are needed.
  • Determine what financial resources you have available to meet your pet’s care needs
  • Apply for CareCredit or ScratchPay (required)
  • Get an authorization code from your treating veterinarian in order to apply
  • Complete online Application and gather & upload requested materials (application will not be reviewed until CareCredit & ID are submitted)
  • Treating Veterinarian completes Sponsor portion of 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 treating veterinarian of approval or denial.
  • We cannot promise you will get approved. In the meantime, we highly recommend these other actions in order to raise funds for your pet

–Apply to Peace of Mind Dog Rescue Helping Paw Program
–Set up a Go Fund Me campaign online. We have seen AMAZING things happen very quickly when you take the time to tell your story!



Any Monterey County veterinary practice can be a Max’s Helping Paws Foundation partner. No contracts or enrollment forms required. Max’s Helping Paws wants to say “YES” as often as we can. We do ask that you essentially “vouch” for this client as a responsible pet owner, and confirm an expected positive outcome. After review of application by our medical committee, we will either approve the request, or do our best to offer other resources to try to assist your clients with their needs.  Grant funds are never distributed to the pet owner.  Rather, the funds will be paid to the veterinary practice providing care.

Veterinary Partner Application Sponsorship

  • To sponsor a client who has applied for support, please complete this online veterinary sponsor form
  • Training page in process

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