Frequently Asked Questions


Paws 4 A Cure is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance throughout the United States to those who cannot afford veterinary care for their beloved furry family members. Paws 4 A Cure helps dogs and cats with all illnesses and injuries. Paws 4 A Cure does not discriminate against breed, age, or diagnosis.

After reading the Frequently Asked Questions and you are in need of assistance with your upcoming veterinary needs, please visit our Ask For Help page to read our guidelines, policies and procedures, if you meet the qualifications then apply for assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply for assistance?
A: Please visit our Ask For Help page to apply for financial assistance. 

Q: Do you help animals in my state?
A: Paws 4 A Cure helps dogs and cats throughout the United States.

Q: Why do you only help dogs and cats?
A: Paws 4 A Cure is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. Although we wish that we could, we're just not able to help all animals.

Q: Will you help my 10 year old Pit bull?
A:
Paws 4 A Cure does not discriminate against breed, age, weight or diagnosis.

Q: Do you help with ACL issues, anal gland issues, cancer, ear infections, etc...
A: Paws 4 A Cure provides financial assistance for all illnesses and injuries.

Q: Do you pay for spaying/neutering or vaccinations?
A: Paws 4 A Cure does not pay for routine care. Please visit our Helpful Resources page for additional financial assistance organizations.

Q: Why do you need a diagnosis before I can apply for assistance?
A: Your dog or cat must be in the care of a veterinarian for the illness or injury. The veterinarian must have a treatment plan in place before you apply for assistance. 

Q: What are diagnostics?
A: Diagnostics are tests, x-rays, bloodwork, MRI, CT scan, etc. to diagnose an illness or injury. 

Q: Do you pay for medication?
A: Yes, for prescription medication for illnesses or injuries. Excludes flea, tick and monthly heartworm medication. 

Q: Will you pay for a wheelchair for my dog?
A: Yes, Paws 4 A Cure will assist with the cost of a wheelchair and other medical equipment.

Q: How long does the application process take?
A: Once the online application and all of the required documentation are received by the applicant and treating veterinarian, the case file is reviewed. You will receive a response within 48 hours.

Q: Do you only help low income families?
A: No, Paws 4 A Cure helps those that can prove true hardship.

Q: Why do you need information on all people living in my home?
A: Paws 4 A Cure needs proof of hardship for all adult members of the family to establish financial need.

Q: How is my information protected?
A: All submitted documentation is secured and is accessed only by Paws 4 A Cure staff involved in the application process. All documents are shredded when no longer required.

Q: Do you share my information?
A: No, Paws 4 A Cure does not share any personal information provided. You can be assured that your information is safe and secure.

Q: If I have received assistance in the past, can I apply for assistance again?
A: Each application is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Q: Why won't you reimburse me for veterinary bills that I have already paid or pay my outstanding veterinary bill?
A: Paws 4 A Cure cannot pay for charges incurred prior to the acceptance of an application. And, Paws 4 A Cure will not remit payment to individuals; we will only pay directly to a veterinary office.

Q: Will you accept email requests for financial assistance?
A: No. Please visit our Ask For Help page to apply for financial assistance.

Q: I applied for assistance. Why haven't I heard back from anyone?
A: We make every effort to respond back to applications within 12 hours of receipt. Please check your spam folder. If a response is not in your inbox or spam folder, please email keri@paws4acure.org

Q: Why do you not help more dogs and cats?
Paws 4 A Cure processes applications once all of the required documentation is received. Unfortunately, 1 out of 20 applicants complete the application process. 

Q: Where do the funds come from to pay for the veterinary care?
A: The funds come from generous donations from the public. Paws 4 A Cure works very hard year-round to generate contributions.

Q: Do you receive government grants?
A: No, Paws 4 A Cure does not receive any government grants.

Q: Is my donation tax deductible?
A:
Yes, your donation is tax deductible. Paws 4 A Cure is a public, nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).

Q: Does your staff get paid?
A: No, Paws 4 A Cure is an all volunteer organization. All of the day-to-day functions are handled by the President & Founder that has never paid herself a penny in the 10 years that Paws 4 A Cure has existed. Events are run by volunteers as well.

Q: Why is there not a phone number on your website?
A: Paws 4 A Cure is an all-volunteer organization, so there are no set hours. Please contact Paws 4 A Cure via the Contact Us page for all of your non assistance related questions.

Q: I have a business and would like to have a benefit to help Paws 4 A Cure, how do I go about helping?
A: We are so thankful for those individuals and businesses that want to help Paws 4 A Cure. Please complete the event form

Q: Do you have a newsletter?
A: Paws 4 A Cure does have a newsletter. Please visit our newsletter page to sign up for our newsletter.

Q: How can I spread the word about Paws A Cure?
A: Visit the Paws A Cure Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to share and retweet your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers about Paws 4 A Cure. 

Q: Are there other ways that I can help?
A: Yes, please visit our How You Can Help page to learn more.

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Paws 4 A Cure is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance throughout the United States to those who cannot afford veterinary care for their beloved furry family members. Paws 4 A Cure helps dogs and cats with all illnesses and injuries. Paws 4 A Cure does not discriminate against breed, age, or diagnosis.