The Cambridge & District Humane Society will offer financial assistance to the owners of pets who are unable to afford the veterinary expenses associated with a medical emergency.
Animal intakes grow annually at the CDHS. Many animals that are surrendered to the shelter arrive from loving families who cannot afford their care during emergency situations.
The Compassion Fund will assist those people in our community who are financially marginalized pet owners to help their pets when they would be otherwise faced with surrender.
The goal of the Program will be to help loving families keep their pet in their home which is in the best interest of the animal and our community.
The CDHS will work to promote helping pet owners keep their animal through proactive and responsive strategies which include the following programs:
- Compassion Fund (One time funding for emergency veterinary care)
- Emergency Boarding (for situations of temporary loss of housing, hospitalization, domestic violence)
The Cambridge & District Humane Society requests that all options with family members, friends and boarding facilities be exhausted before requesting assistance from the Emergency Boarding Program.
Gaining Access to the Program
Pet owners who wish to access the Compassion Fund
must be referred by a licensed Veterinarian.
Admittance to the program is considered
only after all criteria have been met.
Pet owners must demonstrate the following:
- Preventative Care – they must have provided their pet with basic preventative and maintenance care over the pet’s lifetime. Care includes shelter, appropriate fresh food and water daily and preventative veterinary care. Applicants whose pets are ill due to neglected care or lack of maintenance care may not be considered for funding.
- Prompt Medical Care – they must have provided their pet with prompt medical care when the need was urgent or critical. In instances where surgery, therapy, or supportive treatments are recommended, but the pet owner could not afford them, basic medical care or support to help with the pet’s quality of life, lessen pain or suffering should be demonstrated. The pet’s medical needs cannot have been neglected past reasonable time for treatment, which may have caused the animal to suffer.