BirchBark Foundation Financial Assistance Grants

We appreciate your exploration of BirchBark Foundation to help you with your pet’s health care needs. We hope we are able to assist you and your pet. As a non-profit organization our mission is to enhance and preserve the quality of life of pets and support their caregivers.

PLEASE NOTE - BirchBark Foundation provides assistance via our network of Veterinary Partners.  The first step in receiving BirchBark funds is to be seen by one of our Veterinary Partners.  The Veterinary Partner you visit will determine if you should apply for our assistance.  No application will be considered unless your pet has already been seen by a Veterinary Partners and s/he directed you here.

BirchBark Foundation grants are currently available only to residents of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties in California.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, the program is not always able to help everyone who applies. Before you move forward with our application, you must use resources such as: savings, friends & family, 401k retirement plan, credit cards, Care Credit, etc. BirchBark grants are for those who have no other resources available to them and can provide documentation of need. 

The guidelines below have been established to help you determine if you and your pet will qualify to receive BirchBark funds. Please review them carefully. If you need help, but find that you don't qualify, please review our Resources Page for help.

Pet owners can apply for BirchBark funding after:

  1. The patient has been evaluated by a veterinarian who determines that the animal's condition is immediately life threatening or life compromising and there is a good to excellent prognosis.
  2. Financial hardship will prevent the pet owner from following the recommended course of diagnostics and treatment.
  3. The owner has already applied for Care Credit, or similar health care financial credit service. You will have to submit proof of Care Credit approval/denial, if you apply for a grant.
  4. The pet will be treated at a Veterinary Partner Hospital. The estimate and diagnostics for the grant must be from an Veterinary Partner Hospital, if you apply for a grant. We do not pay for any services that have already taken place.
  5. The owner’s income is up to 250% of the federal poverty guidelines. If your income exceeds these guidelines by no more than $5,000 annually, you may also apply. See chart below:
Household Size Income
1 person $29,700 or less
2 people $40,050 or less
3 people $50,400 or less
4 people $60,750 or less
5 people $71,100 or less
6 people $81,450 or less
7 people $91,825 or less
8 people $102,225 or less