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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 provides financial assistance throughout the United States only.

Please be advised that 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 is an all-volunteer 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, shelters or breeders.  Paws 4 A Cure is a small non profit organization, all of our funding is from individual donations.

Paws 4 A Cure provides assistance with veterinary care for all illnesses and injury treatment which also includes medication, insulin, Heartworm positive treatment and medical equipment such as wheelchairs. Paws 4 A Cure does not provide assistance for any routine care, such as vaccinations, spaying/neutering or flea/tick, Heartworm preventative medication, routine dental care and euthanasia. Please ask your veterinary practice for low cost or free clinics. 
We are unable to provide inbound/outbound phone calls at this time. However, most all answers to your questions can be found nearby in our support center. We encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for the quickest and most up to date information.

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 up to $500. This is a one time grant.

** 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. Please do not rely on a Paws 4 A Cure grant only. **

Steps to the Application Process

Part One

  1. You will contact the veterinary practice that is treating your dog or cat and ask them if they work with nonprofit organizations for financial assistance. If they say yes, read on.
  2. You are responsible for providing the Veterinary Packet below to the veterinary practice that will be performing the treatment or direct them to the Veterinary Professionals page. Do NOT write on the any of the veterinary documents. The Veterinary Packet is to be completed by the veterinary practice that is treating the patient. The veterinary practice should email or fax their documents directly to Paws 4 A Cure.
  3. You must read the guidelines and policies thoroughly.
  4. You will gather all of your required documentation to prove hardship (that you cannot afford the veterinary care on your own).
  5. You will complete the online application. If you are unable to locate the online application, you have not thoroughly read the guidelines and policies.
  6. Once your application for assistance is received, your application goes into Incomplete Status.
  7. Your application for assistance will not be responded to until your proof of hardship documentation is received by Paws 4 A Cure.
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** If you are seeking financial assistance, please carefully read the entire contents of this page then click Next Page - Guidelines. It is imperative that you read each section before completing the online application on the last page. **
Please do not fill out the online application if you are not going to follow through with the application process. Every application needs our attention, by you not submitting in your documentation, it takes us away from those that do. If your required documentation is not received within 72 hours of your online application being submitted, your application will move from pending status to closed status and you will have to re-apply for assistance.

Part Two

  1. You will email or fax your required documents for yourself and for all members of your household that are over 18 years of age to Paws 4 A Cure IMMEDIATELY after completing the online application for financial assistance.

  2. Your required documentation is received.

  3. Your application will go into Pending Status.

  4. You will receive an email acknowledgement that your application has been received.

Part Three

  1. If all of your proof of hardship and the treating veterinary practice's required documentation are received, Paws 4 A Cure will start the application review.
  2. You MUST 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. DO NOT RELY ON A PAWS 4 A CURE GRANT ONLY

Decisions are based upon several factors, including: medical urgency, financial need, available funding, and eligibility. Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive, we cannot help everyone.
Part Four

If the application for assistance is approved

  1. You will receive an approval email with an acceptance letter that you are to provide to the treating veterinary practice before the treatment is performed.
  2. You will complete the requirements so that Paws 4 A Cure can create your dog or cat's fundraising page that will be in the acceptance email.  Paws 4 A Cure cannot use your already existing GoFundMe page. If the requirements are not received, Paws 4 A Cure is unable to fundraise for the applicant’s dog or cat therefore, no payment will be released and you will be responsible for the charges. 
  3. Once you receive the email that your fundraising page is complete, we ask that each approved applicant helps to fundraise for their dog or cat's care by sharing the fundraising page that Paws 4 A Cure creates to bring in much needed funds so that we can continue to help those in need. You can help fundraise by sharing the fundraising page that Paws 4 A Cure creates with your friends, family and local news media to help generate donations for your dog or cat's veterinary care. If you do not want to share the fundraising page with your local media you will need to explain why. 
  4. You must provide Paws 4 A Cure the contact information for the news media that you reached out to. You must provide the links to the online news media articles if they create an article on their websites. 
  5. Your dog/cat will receive the veterinary treatment.
  6. The veterinary practice will email or fax the detailed invoice to Paws 4 A Cure.
  7. 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 requires our approved applicants to share the fundraising page that is created for them so that we can try to replenish the funds that are used to fund their dog or cat. If you are approved, you are REQUIRED to fundraise by sharing the fundraising page that Paws 4 A Cure creates with your friends, family and local news media to generate donations for your dog or cat's veterinary care. You must CC Paws 4 A Cure on your emails to the newspaper or TV stations. You must provide the links to the online news media articles if they create an article on their websites. If you do not fundraise for your dog or cat's veterinary care, Paws 4 A Cure will not send payment to the veterinary practice.