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Apply for help

Does your pet need emergency, critical care, and/or specialized veterinary care? If so, your pet may be a candidate for a grant. 

Grant eligibility

Pet parents anywhere in the U.S. whose incomes are less than 400% of the federal poverty line are eligible to apply. This chart may help in determining if you are eligible to apply. For reference, "household income" generally refers to you and your spouse, if applicable.

Our vet partners have proven high levels of care in veterinary medicine and share in our commitment to helping pet owners in need. For these reasons, we strongly recommend applicants visit our vet partners whenever possible. Click here to view the list of our partners. 

If you are a veterinarian seeking to partner with us, please contact us here.

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Before you apply

Gathering the proper documentation in advance will expedite the application process. To apply, you'll need the following:

From your vet

  • An estimate for proposed treatment plan

  • Veterinary records and imaging

  • Completed Vet Form

Personal documents

  • Current bank statements *

  • Your most recent W2 (or first page of previous year's tax return) and payroll stub *

  • A photo of your pet

Status update

* Not needed if you currently receive state and/or federal aid such as food stamps or Medicaid.

**Denial does not disqualify you from receiving financial assistance through Compassion Animal Project. These items help us better understand the individual need, including alternative options that may be available.

Complete your application

Step 1

Apply for CareCredit and ScratchPay. Accept at least 20% of the full amount offered.

In addition, create a GoFundMe account.

Step 2

Ask your veterinarian to complete the Vet Form. Collect the medical records and an estimate. 

Step 3

Complete the CAP Financial Assistance Application and upload all required supporting documents.

Need help applying?

View our FAQs or email us for assistance.

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After you apply

Once your application and all supporting materials are received, your grant is reviewed quickly, and you can expect a decision in less than 12 hours. Please note applications received after hours, or between the hours of 12:00 am - 6:00 am EST may take longer to be reviewed.


Only completed applications, including all necessary supporting materials, can be processed and considered for approval.

All applications are reviewed, but approval is not guaranteed. Even if your application is approved, the full cost of care is usually not covered. See our Resources page for more organizations and opportunities you may qualify for.

Terms & conditions

All pets that receive grants from Compassion Animal Project (CAP) must be spayed or neutered. If a pet is not already spayed or neutered, it will typically be performed with the granted procedure. If it cannot be performed during treatment, the owner must agree to have their pet spayed or neutered within a reasonable timeframe based on their pet’s health. This will be performed at the owner’s expense and is not covered by the grant from CAP.​

Funds are paid directly to the treating veterinary hospital or clinic.

To support even more pets, veterinarians who provide services must provide at least a 25% discount for CAP cases.

A board-certified surgeon must perform all orthopedic surgeries.

Recipients of CAP grants agree to allow CAP to use their story, photo, likeness, and video to promote CAP’s mission.​ Recipients are asked to help CAP save other families' pets. This includes but is not limited to donating, volunteering, and/or participating in special events.


Applicants agree to allow CAP to send them communications that include but are not limited to general information, upcoming events, and fundraising campaigns. Applicants may withdraw their consent at any time through the unsubscribe link.

CAP strongly encourages all grantees to consider pet insurance. A list of reputable companies we endorse can be found here.

​Please note any approved credit from outside sources will need to be utilized towards any tests for diagnosing and/or treating your pet before applying for grants from CAP. CAP cannot always provide the funding to cover the entire cost for all necessary procedures and strongly recommends reaching out to other organizations, family, and friends to secure additional donations for your pet as well.

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