I love when I get to share a new resource with readers. That’s why it was so exciting when I heard about 3 mini grants that offer financial aid for handicapped pets. It was even more of a treat because I learned about the programs through a chance meeting.
That’s what happened earlier this month while I attended the 2017 Western Veterinary Conference. I was there checking out the latest products for paralyzed pets (this will soon be a featured story). Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano, who are the founders of Tripawds, were there as exhibitors. Tripawds is the largest online community for pets who have undergone an amputation.
When I dropped by their booth, Jim and Rene couldn’t wait to tell me about the Tripawds Foundation. It is the new charitable arm of their community. The couple wanted to find a tangible way to financially assist pets with cancer or an amputation. The 3 mini grants are the result of that effort. Rene also welcomed owners of paralyzed dogs and cats to apply for the grants, as well.
Details about the 3 mini grants that offer financial aid for handicapped pets.
Rehab Reimbursement – Called the Maggie Moo Fund, this first mini grant is a great asset for both paralyzed and amputee pets. The program reimburses owners for their initial evaluation with a certified canine rehab practitioner. Until funds are exhausted, Tripawds will reimburse up to $200 for this consultation visit. The goal is to get more owners involved with rehabilitation treatments for their disabled pet. If you are interested in applying for this reimbursement, you must submit a receipt within 30 days of your first visit and provide a short-written report about the experience.
Rescue Fund – Tripawds started this program to reward people who save the life of a handicapped dog or cat living at an animal shelter. The grant reimburses up to $100 when you adopt a disabled pet from a “verifiable” shelter. Dogs and cats with a disability are often overlooked at shelters. Many remain in a rescue program for extended periods of time or worse, they are euthanized by municipal shelters that cannot afford to keep them. The Rescue Fund grant was created as an incentive for people to adopt an animal that needs a little extra help.
Tripawds ASAP – The Amputation Surgery Assistance Program (ASAP) began in February 2017. This mini grant is in a trial phase. The goal is to help financially distressed owners pay for a major surgical procedure. The grant will award up to $500 in financial aid to applicants who meet the program’s income requirements and who submit the necessary documentation. Tripawds knows that the inability to pay for a major surgery can lead to the euthanasia of a dog or cat . They created this mini grant to save lives.
More programs from the Tripawds community.
Tripawds offers educational materials and a toll-free hotline. They also support pet families through forums, discussion groups and their blog. They even sell products designed for dogs that have suffered an amputation.
Other sources of financial aid, if you find yourself in need of help.
Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog offers lots of information about where to turn for financial help for a paraplegic pet. If you need assistance for your pet’s ongoing care, read two of our top posts:
- How to Get A Donated Dog Wheelchair for Your Paraplegic Pet
- When Pet Owners Can’t Afford Veterinary Bills.
We continually add to our list of resources, so leave a comment if you know an organization that awards grants for handicapped pets.