In September 2010, PetAid Colorado founded a program called Care Grants -- a program that supplements a veterinarian's charitable care for animals of the economically disadvantaged.
The program was first piloted throughout Archuleta County and then moved to Logan, Morgan, and Otero counties. PetAid has long had a goal of expanding Care Grants statewide.
The primary goal of Care Grants is to keep the human-animal bond intact by eliminating barriers to care faced by non-urban families and resolving medical issues that will restore the animal's health.
Due to the success of the program and commitment from our donors and supporters, the PetAid Board of Directors recently approved the expansion of our Care Grants program to all rural and frontier counties as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We invite veterinarians in these areas to participate!
Tara McChesney, Director of Programs and Initiatives at PetAid Colorado, is able to assist you in participating in this program. The guidelines of the program allow a veterinarian to submit a Care Grant request for a client at their clinic that shows financial need for veterinary care of their pet. The Care Grant request must be for a one-time surgical or medical intervention that will improve the prognosis and well-being of the patient. The veterinary clinic is limited to $500 per case and $2,500 per year.
This program gives veterinarians a way to help clients when they need it most and care for their animals that may not otherwise be treated.
Read more about the program and access application forms here.