The Angel Fund Grant Program: Help with Veterinary Care
F rom its inception, the Animal Health Foundation has provided financial help to clients with limited funds.
The Angel Fund (a continuation of the original Animal Health Care Fund) is a cooperative venture between the Animal Health Foundation (AHF) and the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) and its members. The fund assists pet owners in Los Angeles and Orange County, California, with veterinary care when paying for care is challenging or impossible.
Eligibility for the Angel Fund
Eligibility criteria for assistance from the Angel Fund:
- Hospitals Veterinary hospitals in Southern California with either a full or non-voting SCVMA member on staff are edigible. Hospitals must complete an annual enrollment form before applying for funds.
- Clients To be eligible for an Angel Fund grant, a client must demonstrate financial hardship. The veterinary hospital is responsible for confirmation of eligibility. To locate an SCVMA member veterinarian click here .
- Pets To be eligible for an Angel Fund grant, pets must be spayed, neutered, or less than six months of age. If a surgical procedure is part of the treatment and there is no additional risk to the pet, spaying or neutering is mandatory. The client is financially responsible for this portion of the surgery.
- Treatment Covered care is only for non-elective medical and surgical procedures of sick or injured companion animals. Some procedures which do not qualify for funding include:
- Routine physical examinations
- General prophylactic dental care
- Spays and neuters
- Caesarian sections
- Infected uteruses
Veterinary hospitals are eligible for a maximum of $500 for full voting members and $250 for non-voting members per calendar year for financial hardship cases. No family may receive more than the $500 or $250 and no pet may receive funds more than once in a calendar year. Veterinarians MUST be members of the SCVMA and most hospitals reserve these funds for their existing clients.
Hospital Application Process – for hospitals
(Southern California only)
Each veterinary hospital must complete and submit an AHF-SCVMA Angel Fund Hospital Enrollment Form. This qualifies the hospital to participate in The Angel Fund grant program. If a hospital wants to enroll in the program, the hospital should contact the SCVMA at 714-821-7493.
Yoko Kehler, cuddled by her grateful family. The Angel Fund paid for her emergency surgery.
Read about our Angel Fund Case of the Month to see how your contribution serves companion animals.