Ask For Help


***** IMPORTANT NOTICE *****

Requests for financial assistance received via email, US mail or through the Contact Us page are not accepted. You MUST complete the online application.

Paws 4 A Cure is a non profit organization dedicated to helping families that are in need of non-routine veterinary financial assistance for their dog or cat. 

Paws 4 A Cure is accepting applications from individuals and families. Unfortunately, at this time Paws 4 A Cure is not accepting applications from rescue groups or shelters.  Paws 4 A Cure is a small non profit organization, all of our funding is from individual donations.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions prior to applying for assistance.
** If you are seeking financial assistance, please carefully read the entire contents of this page then click Next Page - Policies. It is imperative that you read each section before completing the online application on the last page. **

Because donations to Paws 4 A Cure are at a critical low and applications for financial assistance are at an all-time high, our funds are extremely limited. As a result, if your application for financial assistance is approved, you may not receive all of the funds for which you apply. Please be advised that the maximum assistance available from Paws 4 A Cure is $500. We strongly urge you to apply to several different financial assistance programs along with applying to Paws 4 A Cure, links to which can be found on our Helpful Resources page. 

Steps to the application process:

  1. Read the guidelines and policies thoroughly.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. Add grants@paws4acure.org into your email address book.
  4. You will need to provide the treating veterinarian with the Veterinary Packet and Veterinary W9 or direct them to the Veterinary Professionals page.
  5. You will email or fax your required documents to Paws 4 A Cure.
  6. You will receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of receipt of your required documentation. 
  7. Once all of the required documentation are received from you and the treating veterinarian, Paws 4 A Cure will start the application review.

If your required documentation is not received within 2 days of your online application, the application will move from pending to closed status. You will have to reapply for assistance. 

Being that only 1 out of 20 applicants follow through with the application process, we no longer send an application acknowledgement until after all of the required documentation is received. We ask that you please do not complete the online application if you are not going to complete the application process by submitting in your proof of hardship. 

If you are seeking financial assistance, please carefully read the guidelines before applying:

  • Paws 4 A Cure cannot assist with charges incurred prior to approval of application and receipt by the veterinarian of the Acceptance Letter;

  • Paws 4 A Cure cannot pay for treatment in advance;

  • Paws 4 A Cure cannot pay a deposit;

  • Paws 4 A Cure cannot reimburse the applicant for payments made to the veterinarian;

  • Paws 4 A Cure cannot pay on an invoice showing no balance due;

  • Paws 4 A Cure cannot pay for diagnostics (testing). A diagnosis is required before you apply for assistance;
  • Paws 4 A Cure will send a check via the U.S. mail to the veterinary practice within 30 days following receipt of an itemized invoice emailed or faxed by the veterinary practice;

  • Paws 4 A Cure will pay only up to the invoice balance due;

  • Paws 4 A Cure will only make payment to a veterinarian, clinic or hospital. Funds are never disbursed to an applicant; 

  • Paws 4 A Cure does not provide financial assistance for vaccinations, spaying/neutering or euthanasia.

Please keep in mind, Paws 4 A Cure can only assist qualified applicants and assistance is only provided with non-routine veterinary care. This means that Paws 4 A Cure does not provide assistance for spaying/neutering, vaccinations, routine office visits or euthanasia.

You do NOT qualify for financial assistance through Paws 4 A Cure under any of the following circumstances:

  • You are not a resident of the United States of America;
  • You do not provide Paws 4 A Cure with all the required documents;
  • You have been approved for the entire amount needed by CareCredit;
  • Your veterinarian will not accept payment from Paws 4 A Cure;
  • Your pet is being held at the veterinary office until payment is made;
  • You are seeking reimbursement for a paid bill;
  • You are seeking reimbursement for a Care Credit balance;
  • You are seeking payment for an outstanding bill;
  • Your veterinarian has agreed to a payment plan with you;
  • You are looking for help for an animal other than a dog or cat;
  • You are a breeder or rescue group;
  • Your pet requires testing to determine a diagnosis;
  • You cannot prove hardship;
  • You cannot prove ownership of the dog or cat.

* If your treating veterinarian does not accept CareCredit, please disregard this section of the application process.

It is highly recommended that you apply to CareCredit.

“CareCredit offers Special Financing and low monthly payment options, no up-front costs, and no pre-payment penalties so you can keep your pet healthy and happy”. – quoted from the CareCredit website

If you are accepted through CareCredit, you are required to use that balance before Paws 4 A Cure can assist with financial assistance.

Since Paws 4 A Cure relies on donations from the public, you need to use whatever funds that are available to you.

You may apply for CareCredit online via their website at http://www.carecredit.com/vetmed/.

Since Paws 4 A Cure is not affiliated with CareCredit, you will need to provide a copy of your approval/denial letter or take a screenshot of your approval/denial on your computer or phone. We cannot call CareCredit. 

Before your application for financial assistance can be reviewed, you are required to email or fax the following documents for all members of your household that are over 18 years of age.

You must prove hardship. Below is a list of documents that are acceptable proof. 
  • Copy of your license or ID (required);
  • Last pay stub;
  • All pages of your latest federal tax return for all members of your household;
  • Copies of your last two bank statements for all members of your household from all of your bank accounts;
  • If you are unemployed: a copy of your SSI or SSDI benefit letter or, proof of any federal or state assistance or, unemployment benefits letter or, W2 or 1099 from employer for all members of your household;
  • Your most recent CareCredit statement (if applicable);
  • A copy of the front and back of your pet’s insurance card (if applicable);
  • Letter of hardship (explanation why you cannot afford the treatment on your own).

For your protection – before sending any documents to Paws 4 A Cure, please black out all occurrences of account numbers and/or social security numbers. 

Right click on the files below to Open Link In New Tab.
Application Checklist.pdf Application Checklist.pdf
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Do I Qualify.pdf Do I Qualify.pdf
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Funding Information.pdf Funding Information.pdf
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Please provide the Veterinary Packet and Veterinary W9 below to the treating veterinary practice (you must provide to the treating veterinarian or direct them to the Veterinary Professionals page. To be completed by the veterinarian office only, do not write on the veterinary forms). 

Paws 4 A Cure will need some information from your treating veterinarian about your dog or cat before reviewing your application. The required veterinary packet can be found below or on the Paws 4 A Cure Veterinarian Information page. T
he treating veterinary practice must be notified that a representative of Paws 4 A Cure is given permission to speak with the office regarding the animals veterinary care including diagnosis and treatment options.

The required veterinary documentation is to be emailed or faxed by the veterinary practice directly to Paws 4 A Cure, not by the applicant.
Required documentation from the treating veterinarian:
  • Veterinary Packet
  • Estimate of service
  • Office notes
  • Veterinary Practice's W9 (only if your application for financial assistance is approved)
Veterinary Packet.pdf Veterinary Packet.pdf
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Veterinary W9.pdf Veterinary W9.pdf
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Your completed documentation can be sent either by you or by your veterinarian, using one of the following methods:

  • Via fax (866) 799-5166
  • Scanned as a pdf and emailed to grants@paws4acure.org
  • Do NOT send your documentation as a jpg or any image file other than for your ID.  Do NOT take pictures of your documents from your phone.
  • Jpegs are not accepted for a few reasons: they become pixelated when printing, and image files use a tremendous amount of our ink. Scanners and faxes are available at copy stores, libraries, business offices and at your veterinary practice. 

Click the link to download a free pdf creator. http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/