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Imagine a world where no family ever lets finances be a determining factor in their pet's health and wellbeing. 

Out of a desperate need to solve this all-too-common problem and an unbridled love for all animals, he founded Compassion Animal Project, a 100% donor-funded, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, in 2021. The grant helps pay for medical procedures for patients with curable conditions, which means more pets saved.

More sloppy kisses. More happy tails. More time together.

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Dr. Rand Wachsstock saw the same crisis play out in his veterinary referral center time and again: owners who would do anything for their cherished pets weren’t able to bear the financial burden of a life-saving treatment. It was heartbreaking for the families, for him, and for his entire practice.

How it works.

How it works
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Our Mission

Through donations from compassionate individuals and organizations, we keep families together longer. We facilitate grants to loving pet owners who require financial assistance to avoid economic euthanasia for their pets in their time of need when faced with needing emergency/critical care and/or specialized medical care.

Our Vision

We harness the power of compassion to help create a world where no pet owner ever lets finances be a determining factor in the health or wellbeing of their pets.




Compassion Animal Project partners with major veterinary referral centers in the top cities in the US to provide financial assistance to qualifying clients needing either emergency/critical care or specialized care.


Families in need apply for assistance, submitting supporting documentation.


Compassion Animal Project offers grants to qualified pet owners to help cover the cost of the care needed. 

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Founder, vet, dad.

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Accomplished veterinarian Dr. Rand Wachsstock has always believed in the power of compassion. The compassion he has for animals is what led him to veterinary medicine and to begin practicing emergency medicine in 1984. Dr. Wachsstock has helped countless animals over the years, working hard to help make comprehensive state-of-the-art medical care readily available to all pets.


That compassion has remained his driving force throughout his career as a highly respected veterinarian, as an instructor at Yale University and at his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Most significantly, he is now the Founder of Compassion Animal Project, an organization that represents his life work: helping as many pets as possible.

Founder: Rand S Wachsstock, DVM

Meet the Founder

Partnering with us is a win for everyone.

"Your compassion for animals is the reason you became a veterinarian. It’s why you do what you do every day. As a vet, I felt helpless each time a patient had to be euthanized for economic reasons. Now finally, there’s a solution to this crisis that benefits both your practice, your patients, and their families. I urge you to join our mission to save the most pets".

—  Dr. Rand Wachsstock

Our Partners:

Our hospital partners currently include: NVA Compassion-First, PetVet Care Centers, Thrive Pet Healthcare, United Veterinary Care, as well as independently owned referral centers.

Our Partners
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1. Who qualifies for grants from Compassion Animal Project?

We provide financial grants for pets in need of emergency/critical care or specialized veterinary care. Your pet must have been seen by a veterinarian within the past two weeks and had the veterinarian confirm that their condition meets our qualifications (greater than 70% chance of a successful outcome with treatment).

2. Do I have to apply for both CareCredit and ScratchPay and accept at least 20% of what is offered?

Yes, we are here to assist in you and your loved one's journey but first we require you to take advantage of any other assistance that is available to you.

3. What doesn't CAP cover?

Initial exam/consultation fees, routine veterinary care (i.e. vaccinations, spay/neuter etc.), services (diagnostics) that have already taken place and/or treatments completed prior to CAP approval, conditions with a poor or guarded prognosis (i.e. kidney failure, etc.)

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