Veterinary Care Charitable Fund

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The Veterinary Care Charitable Fund® is a program created by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) to provide veterinarians with a simple and effective way to offer charitable veterinary services to clients facing personal hardships as well as a means to support animals rescued from abuse and neglect. Enrolled veterinary hospitals now have a way to offer low or no-cost services to clients who may otherwise be forced to surrender or euthanize their beloved pets.

Charitable care may be provided to those in need including:
• Disabled veterans requiring a service dog
• Low Income senior citizens
• Good Samaritans who rescue domesticated animals
• Victims of domestic violence 


Learn more about how the program works


View a video from a fellow veterinarian sharing her experience with the program

Special thanks to
Boehringer Ingelheim,
Lead Supporter

* The AVMF does not provide funding to individuals in need of financial assistance. All requests must come directly from a licensed AVMA member veterinarian.

* If your hospital is affiliated with a corporate entity that already has a non-profit foundation, your hospital is not eligible to enroll in this program.

Contributions Have Given Hope to Those in Need...


Ember: The Story of a Survivor

The following story of Ember, a lovable mixed breed dog, is just one example of the hundreds of animals that have received care through the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund®. Ember was a victim of animal abuse. She was found after she was nearly killed when someone tied her to a rope then dragged her behind a moving vehicle.  Large areas of her skin were ripped from her legs and she suffered wounds to her chest and face.

Thanks to generous donors to the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund® and Dr. Behrns of Crestone Mobile Veterinary Service, Ember was provided treatment and has completely healed from her wounds. She is now living happily with Kai, her new owner.

Jessica & Oke: Trapped No More

Jessica and her feline sibling, Oke, were trapped in a house fire. Through the owner's quick action, and the help of the New Orleans Fire Department, the animals were rushed to Prytania Veterinary Hospital. Staff was able to quickly and effectively treat both pets who were suffering from smoke inhalation. Over the course of two months, the practice provided veterinary care, both hospitalized and outpatient, to Jessica and Oke. Treatment expenses were paid through the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund®, a program that helps animals rescued from abuse and neglect and the pets of clients facing personal hardships. We’re pleased to report that both pets have made a full recovery!

Thor: Lost & Found

Local police were called to a school where a young student found a cold and nearly unresponsive kitten. Police referred the kitten to Animal Control, who brought it to Huron Veterinary Hospital. The hospital was enrolled with the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund®, a program which helps support veterinarians with the charitable services they provide to animals in their community.

Luckily, the kitten (now named Thor) responded well and went to a foster home to recover, before returning to the hospital to be neutered, vaccinated, and then adopted by a clinician at the very same school where he had been found!

Prince: Born to Run

Prince the puppy was breached in the birth canal; as a result,  his back legs were paralyzed and he was unable to control his bladder or bowels. Upon providing initial treatment, Dr. Mitsie Vargas of Orchid Springs Animal Hospital encouraged Prince's owners to return with him. Unfortunately, after two weeks, they had not returned. They later informed her that it was because they were unable to afford the full care Prince needed.

Knowing that the puppy could recover with aggressive treatment, Dr. Vargas informed the family that Orchid Springs could help with payment by using donations received through the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund®. Today, Prince is standing and walking! He has joined many other animals with a second chance at life.

About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 89,000 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.  For more than 50 years, the Foundation has been helping veterinarians help animals with support for education, advocacy, service and research programs and activities. 

Special thanks to Boehringer Ingelheim as a lead contributor for helping us launch the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund.