Community Veterinary Care Assistance

SPCA of Northern Nevada (SPCA-NN) wants to help keep pets in their loving homes and out of the sheltering system. One way we are helping is with Todd’s Medical Fund, which provides financial assistance to those who can’t otherwise afford necessary veterinary services.

SPCA-NN does not have it’s own full-service veterinary hospital, nor do we provide emergency, after hours or weekend care. This medical fund is not intended for, nor do we have the ability to provide financial aid during an active medical emergency. (Please see Other Financial-Aid Services at the bottom of this page for resources that may be of assistance under emergency circumstances)

Please Note

You cannot delay the appropriate and necessary care of your pet while waiting for processing of your application for Todd’s Medical Fund assistance. You must be able to pay for care to stabilize your pet while the grant application is processed.

Do You Qualify?

To qualify, you must be a permanent resident of northern Nevada, which includes the following counties: Washoe, Humboldt, Elko, Pershing, Lander, Eureka, White Pine, Storey, Lyon, Churchill, Douglas, Mineral, and northern Nye. Also included is Lassen County, California.

Grant size varies based on what services are required, a sliding scale of need, and funds available. In general, the following guidelines are followed (based on available funding): up to 80% of the final bill may be awarded, including required follow up care (as determined by SPCA-NN management in partnership with the treating vet).

Grants may be awarded based upon several factors, including:

      1. Medical urgency;
      2. Financial need;
      3. Available funding; and/or
      4. Eligibility.

Grants will not cover the following procedures:

      1. Spay/neuter surgeries;
      2. Routine vaccinations;
      3. Cosmetic procedures;
      4. Any procedure not medically necessary;
      5. Acupuncture;
      6. Laser therapy; or
      7. Procedures SPCA-NN management determines is not medically necessary.

(Please understand that while these types of procedures are beneficial to pets, they do not fall within the parameters of Todd’s Medical Fund.)

Each recipient will be provided information on pet insurance plans and is strongly encouraged to sign up for a plan once they are able to pay the monthly premiums.

Todd’s Medical Fund does cover end of life care: humane euthanasia and communal cremation only. For at-home services, please schedule with our partner Rover Veterinary Care.

All cremation services are solely provided by Beloved Friends Pet Crematory. If the client wants private cremation so they can have the ashes, or a paw print, then they are solely responsible for those additional costs.

How to apply

  • The owner must demonstrate financial need by filling out an application. Your household income must be at or below the U.S. Department of Housing and Development’s (HUD) definition of low income limits. (For example, in Washoe County that is roughly $52,000 total household income.)
  • If requested, you must provide documentation including proof of residency (DL, State ID, or utility bill), household income (tax return, social security statement) and proof that you are the pet’s guardian.
  • The pet must have an injury or illness that requires care in the immediate future with a prognosis indicating a positive recovery after treatment.
  • The pet guardian must obtain initial evaluation, treatment plan, and cost estimate from your veterinarian.
  • The veterinarian or veterinary clinic must agree to accept a verbal financial pledge from SPCA-NN and directly invoice SPCA-NN for our agreed to portion of the final bill when the procedure or treatment is completed.
  • Once the pet guardian’s application and veterinary care estimate (and other documentation if requested) are received, SPCA-NN will determine the level of support we can provide.
  • We aim for review within 48 hours of receipt of a completed application. In urgent cases we will try to expedite review.
  • We will do our best to notify you within 72 hours of receiving the required application and documentation.
  • If approved, SPCA-NN will notify the treating veterinarian and make arrangements for payment directly to them. Please understand that we will only make payments directly to the treating veterinarian. We will not pay the pet guardian directly under any circumstances.
  • All pets must be spayed or neutered. If this is not yet done, you must agree to work with SPCA-NN to coordinate altering your pet as soon as possible, unless the veterinarian deems it medically unsafe (supportive documentation must be provided upon request).
  • All applications will be reviewed without bias or consideration of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, or marital status.
  • The pet’s guardian must also grant SPCA-NN permission to use pictures of your pet and a summary of the pet’s care for the purposes of promotion and fundraising.

Support will typically be limited to 80% of the estimated costs depending on circumstances and will be determined within SPCA-NN management’s discretion. This is a one-time process and once an individual has been approved for funding, they will not be eligible to apply for funding again.

*Funding for this program is limited and may not always be available.


Other Financial-Aid Resources

Care Credit – Care Credit is a credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. They offer a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, offering plans and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.

ScratchPay – ScratchPay provides pet parents with simple, transparent payment plans.

Speaking for Spot Financial Assistance – Speaking for Spot offers a robust list of organizations that offer financial assistance (categorized by region, etc).

The Pet Fund  – The Pet Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance with veterinary care. 

Red Rover – RedRover provides financial assistance, resources and support to low-income individuals and survivors of domestic violence and their pets.

GoFundMe (crowd funding) – GoFundMe is a fundraising platform that allows people to raise money for life events. (crowd funding) – Waggle is a pet-dedicated crowdfunding platform that partners directly with veterinary providers, nonprofits and pet guardians to reduce economic euthanasia in pets.

*The inclusion of services, organizations or programs listed above is not an endorsement or recommendation. It is the pet guardian’s responsibility to make their own assessment.