Veterinary Care Program for Seniors
Preserving the human-animal bond by providing financial assistance, resources and support to seniors (60 years old + ) and their adult pets so families can stay together.
The Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) Veterinary Care Program provides financial assistance and support to senior pet parents facing economic hardship in providing veterinary care for their pet(s).
These expenses include quality of life medical issues and emergency veterinary care.
Applicants must be on a fixed or limited income based on established criteria. Financial documentation is required as well as a written estimate and treatment plan from a licensed San Diego County-based veterinarian.
All applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
We will consider:
• Eligibility and financial need (see chart A)
• Medical need
• Good prognosis with treatment
• Available funding
Once an application has been submitted, you can expect to receive a response by email or phone within two business days. Please be sure to check your email for confirmation that your application was submitted.
Please note that if your pet is in need of immediate care, where any delay will put the pet at risk, it is your responsibility to seek veterinary care immediately. There is no guarantee RCHS will be able to provide financial assistance.
This program is intended for seniors (age 60+) living in San Diego County who are facing financial hardship in providing veterinary care for their pet(s). Because RCHS believes that veterinary care will contribute to the long-term quality of life for the pet, for eligible seniors, this program will support diagnostic testing, x-rays, medications and care as part of a veterinary treatment plan.
RCHS is aware that urgent and chronic veterinary care often can be cost-prohibitive; therefore, financial assistance will be evaluated for:
- Urgent/emergency care
- Ongoing/chronic conditions such as diabetes, Cushing’s or Addison’s Disease
- Cancer treatment and care where a positive prognosis is anticipated
If you need assistance filling out the application, please contact our Vet Care Program Coordinator at Vetcareprogram@sdpets.org
Seniors meeting the following annual income limits will be able to take advantage of the program.
Persons in Household
The following can be submitted as proof of income:
- A copy of the most recent pay stub
- A current tax return
- A copy of the most recent bank statement – checking and savings
- SSI/SSDI benefits letter
- Proof of any Federal or State assistance
- Unemployment benefits award
- W-2 or 1099 from employer