Frequently Asked Questions

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?
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

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: Why do you only have a charity walk in Massachusetts?
A: Paws 4 A Cure is based in Massachusetts and does not, at least as of yet, have the capability to organize walks elsewhere. If you are interested in starting a charity walk in your state, please complete the event form.

Q: Is my donation tax deductible?
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. Events are run by volunteers.

Q: Why is there not a phone number on your website?
A: Please contact Paws 4 A Cure via the Contact Us page.

Q: Why do you charge a registration fee at the walk?
A: The Paws 4 A Cure Walk is our main source of funding.

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 and Twitter pages to share and retweet your Facebook and Twitter friends 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, P.O. Box 1821, Wakefield, MA, 01880  
Paws 4 A Cure is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that provides financial assistance to qualified families throughout the United States who cannot afford veterinary care for their pet’s serious illness or injury.