How do I apply for Companion Animal Foundation funding?
Ask your veterinarian if there is funding available through his or her practice. Each practice has application forms for you to fill out. Your answers to the questions will let the veterinarian know if you qualify for funding.
What if I don't have a veterinarian yet?
You can find a veterinarian in your area by downloading our CAF Vet Clinic by Location document (PDF).
Who is eligible for CAF funding?
CAF guidelines stipulate that funding can only go to those individuals who qualify under low-income criteria. You must utilize at least one of the social service programs or make less than the federal poverty level amount listed on the application form. Please visit Grant Guidelines for more information.
Do I need to present proof that I qualify?
No. Your signature says that you have answered the questions accurately and also that you will present proof, if required, during an audit. If the audit determines that you did not use services to qualify as you claimed, you will need to repay the Companion Animal Foundation.
Will my pet's care be paid for if I qualify?
Your veterinarian has a limited amount of funding available each year, and this might impact whether you will be able to receive a funding donation for your pet's care. Most commonly, a percentage of your pet's care will be funded.
Does my veterinarian have to be in Rhode Island?
No. The Companion Animal Foundation is available to all veterinarians who are members of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association. Some RIVMA member veterinarians practice in nearby areas of Massachusetts or Connecticut. But you must be a Rhode Island resident to qualify for assistance.
How can I make a donation to CAF?
Please visit Make a Donation for information about how to support the foundation. All donations are tax-deductible as a charitable contribution under IRS guidelines.
What does the Companion Animal Foundation do with donations it receives?
The vast majority of donated funds (80%) go directly to pet care. Each veterinarian receives an annual stipend that supports the care of pets of low-income owners. That stipend amount is dependent on the donations received and can vary from year to year.
What sort of medical problems get treated with my donated money?
CAF patients range from needing routine wellness care to more urgent lifesaving treatments. Veterinarians have used the fund to help treat patients with cancer, skin infections, broken bones, ear infections and other injuries. Cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and pocket pets have all received financial assistance. Please visit Grant Stories for profiles on some of the pets CAF has helped.
You can plan and hold a fundraising event to help CAF!
Hold a dress down day at work with all donations going to CAF.
You can help CAF with existing fundraising efforts. Contact Us for more information.