Veterinary Charitable Care

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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 Animal Care Program: Reaching Every Animal with Charitable Healthcare

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

Eligibility Criteria

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.

Grant Guidelines 

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.



Wetterberg Foundation Grant for Veterans

Now available! AVMA member veterinarians who provide charitable veterinary care for dogs and service animals of military veterans may be eligible to apply for a grant through the AVMF. Thanks to the Harold Wetterberg Foundation and generous donors, financial support is available to help with the cost of veterinary medical treatment when a pet owner is a military veteran.



Veterinary Care Charitable Fund Program

The Veterinary Care Charitable Fund® is a program that AVMF launched in 2015 to provide veterinarians with a simple and effective way to offer charitable veterinary services to clients facing personal hardships as well as to support animals who are injured or rescued from abuse and neglect. The program is limited to enrolled practices. Learn more >>