The REACH Animal Care Program helps to remove barriers to care by providing AVMA members grants that ease the cost of treatment for urgent care of animals whose owners are experiencing financial hardship.
REACH aims to break down barriers to access to immediate veterinary care by offering grants to any of the more than 100,000 AVMA members nationwide, increasing assistance and access to the most vulnerable communities. This program empowers AVMF to bring our “Helping Veterinarians Help Animals” motto to fruition on a much greater national and regional scale, potentially assisting thousands more animals in need every year. For details, see frequently asked questions.
To be considered for a REACH Animal Care Program grant you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a veterinarian who is a current AVMA member* – pet owners are not eligible to apply.
- Have already provided veterinary medical care to an animal for an illness and/or condition requiring immediate care and whose owners are experiencing financial hardship.
*Not an AVMA member? Find out why more than 100,000 veterinarians call AVMA their professional home. Visit the AVMA website.
Grant requests will not be considered for:
- Elective surgery (e.g., spays and neuters)
- Routine preventative care
For more information, read the complete Guidelines and FAQs.
- Grants are not considered for medical care that has not yet been provided. Therefore, pre-approvals are not available.
- Each charitable care grant request may be funded for up to $500 per case as determined by reviewers, for a total not to exceed $2,000 per applicant per calendar year (January through December). These caps allow us to help as many animals and veterinary practices as possible, nationwide.
- Grant applications are limited to one request (may include multiple patients) per animal owner/client.
- If the grant application guidelines are not met, requests for funding will not be considered.
- Submission of a final application is not a guarantee of approval/funding.
*Pet owners: AVMF does not provide direct support to the public for veterinary care. We are a 501c3 tax-exempt charitable organization supporting veterinary care teams. If you have a question about the care of your pet, please contact your local veterinarian.