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IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE APPLYING FOR ASSISTANCE

 

Our grant program assist low-income families (income verification required), the elderly, the disabled, active/inactive members of the armed forces and other eligible pet parents who meet our grant guidelines.

Pet Parents will automatically qualify for a grant up to $500 if you receive and provide proof for any of the following government subsidies:

  • Social Security Disability (SSDI)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Public Assistance/Welfare
  • Medicare or Medicaid

* Healthy Canines provide finanical assistance for illnesses and injuries only.

 

* Healthy Canines does not provide financial assistance for vaccinations, spaying/neutering, heartworm preventative, flea/tick preventative, routine dental care, routine veterinary care or euthanasia.


* Healthy Canines cannot provide financial assistance for pets who have illnesses or injuries that will not make a full recovery and will not sustain a good quality of life.

* Healthy Canines cannot assist with charges incurred prior to approval of application.

* Healthy Canines only provides financial assistance up to $500. No one is guaranteed $500; grants vary based on the number of applications pending and available funding.


You do NOT qualify for financial assistance through Healthy Canines under any of the following circumstances:

  • You are not a resident of the state of Georgia;
  • You are not a United States citizen;
  • Your annual household income is above 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines;
  • You do not provide Healthy Canines with all the required documents;
  • You have been approved for the entire amount needed by CareCredit;
  • Your veterinarian will not accept payment from Healthy Canines;
  • Your pet is being held at the veterinary office until payment is made;
  • You are seeking reimbursement for a paid bill;
  • You are seeking payment for an outstanding bill;
  • Your veterinarian has agreed to a payment plan with you;
  • You have received financial assistance from Healthy Canines in the past (exceptions are on a case by case basis);
  • You are a breeder or rescue group;
  • Your pet requires testing to determine a diagnosis;
  • You are seeking assistance for elective surgery and/or surgery that is not essential for the survival of the pet;
  • You cannot prove a hardship;
  • You cannot prove ownership of the dog.
  • Your dog is a qualifying service dog.

Healthy Canines Inc. does not discriminate against breed, age, or diagnosis. Healthy Canines Inc. reserves the right to deny funding to anyone for any reason.

Steps to the Application Process:

 

 1. Read our Frequently Asked Questions prior to applying for assistance. Most, if not all of your questions should be addressed on the FAQ page.

 2. You MUST apply for CareCredit first (if you don’t already have an account) before applying for a grant. NOTE: If you receive any of the government subsidies listed above or are an active/inactive member of the armed forces, the CareCredit requirement will be waived. You are NOT required to apply for or show available credit if you have a CareCredit account.

 3. Read the approval process guidelines thoroughly - this page. 

 4. Visit the Healthy Canines Ask For Help page. 

 5. Complete the online application.
 6. You will need to provide the Veterinary Packet to the treating veterinary practice or direct them to our Veterinary Professionals page. DO NOT complete any of the veterinary documents. The Veterinary Packet is for the veterinary practice to complete. The veterinary practice should email or fax their documents directly to Healthy Canines.

 7. You grant permission to Healthy Canines to use photos and information about your pet for promotional purposes. You agree and will provide a current photo of your pup.
 8. You will upload or fax or email your required documents to Healthy Canines Inc.
 9. You will receive an email acknowledgment within 48 hours of receipt of your required documentation.  
10. We strongly urge you to apply to several different financial assistance programs along with applying to Healthy Canines. We only provide financial assistance up to $500. Visit our Resources page.

 

Before your application for financial assistance can be reviewed, you are required to upload or fax or email the required documents. Once all of the required documentation is received from you and the treating veterinarian, Healthy Canines will start the application review.
 

If your required documentation is not received within 72 hours of your online application, the application will be closed. You will have to reapply for assistance.
 

If the application for assistance is approved:

  1. You will receive an approval email with an acceptance letter.
  2. The veterinary practice will email or fax the detailed invoice to Healthy Canines.  
  3. Healthy Canines will send a check via the U.S. mail to the veterinary practice within 5 business days following receipt of an itemized invoice emailed or faxed by the veterinary practice.

Healthy Canines Inc. does not discriminate against breed, age, or diagnosis. Healthy Canines Inc. reserves the right to deny funding to anyone for any reason.
 

Application Checklist. (Provide Required Documentation That Applies To You And Your Household Members):

  • The Veterinary Packet completed and returned by the treating veterinarian.
  • Supporting documentation to show proof of income. Income verification is required to qualify for a grant.
  • Copy of your SSI or SSDI benefit letter or, proof of any federal or state public assistance or, unemployment benefits letter or, Medicare/Medicaid Card.
  • Copy of your approval/denial letter from CareCredit (only if your veterinary office accepts CareCredit). Must show available credit. NOTE: If you receive any of the government subsidies listed above or are an active/inactive member of the armed forces, the CareCredit requirement will be waived. You are NOT required to apply for or show available credit if you have a CareCredit account.
  • Your most recent CareCredit statement (only if applicable). Must show available credit. 
  • A copy of the front and back of your pet’s insurance card or policy (only if applicable).
  • Any document that proves that you cannot afford the veterinary care on your own.
  • For active/inactive members/family members of the Armed Forces, provide a copy of your Service Letter, DD214 or Military ID. (Family members are those considered immediate members living in the household - Husband, wife, and children.

Do NOT take pictures of your documents on your cell phone. Your completed documentation can be sent either by you or by your veterinarian, using one of the following methods: