Program List

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
Diagnostics/Stabilization alone up to $500
$1,500 (Within 90 Days)
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)











All Program Eligibility

  • You and your pet must live in Monterey County, California
  • Your pet must be under the current care of a partner veterinarian
  • 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.

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



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