Last Updated on August 21, 2023 by Hannah Stevens
You can also take a look at the pet grants from all the other states.
About the Angel Fund
Since its establishment, the Animal Health Foundation has offered financial assistance to clients who have limited resources.
The Angel Fund, a continuation of the Animal Health Care Fund, is a cooperative venture between Animal Health Foundation (AHF) and the Southern California Veterinary Medical Associations (SCVMA) and its members. The fund helps pet owners in Orange and Los Angeles Counties with veterinary care when paying for it is difficult or impossible.
Eligibility for the Angel Fund
The Angel Fund’s eligibility criteria for assistance:
Southern California veterinary hospitals with a non-voting SCVMA member on staff, either full-time or part-time, are eligible. Before applying for funds, hospitals must fill out an annual enrollment form.
A client must provide proof of financial hardship to be eligible for an Angel Fund grant. It is the responsibility of the veterinary hospital to confirm eligibility. For more information on the program, including how to apply and funding sources that may be available, click here. And you may check here to locate a SCVMA member veterinarian.
Pets must be spayed, neutered, or less than six months old to qualify for an Angel Fund grant. Spaying or neutering is mandatory if the surgery is necessary for the treatment, and the risk is minimal. The client needs to pay for this portion of the surgery.
Only non-elective surgical and medical procedures are covered for companion animals that have been injured or become sick. These procedures are not eligible for funding:
- Routine physical examinations
- General prophylactic dental care
- Spays and neuters
- Caesarian sections
- Infected uteruses
Veterinary hospitals can receive a maximum $1,000 for full-voting members per calendar year for those experiencing financial hardship cases. A family cannot receive more than $1,000, and pets may not receive funds more than once per calendar year. SCVMA membership is mandatory for all veterinarians, and most hospitals have these funds reserved for existing clients.
For Hospitals in Southern California Only–Application Process Information
Every veterinary hospital must fill out and submit an AHF-SCVMA Angel Fund Hospital Registration Form. This allows the hospital to be eligible for The Angel Fund grant program. If a hospital has an intention to enroll in the program, they may contact the SCVMA at (714) 821-74993.
Its also worth taking a look at Helping Friends – Voice for the Animals Foundation and BirchBark Foundation.