CVMA PetAid Care Grants

PetAid Colorado

Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: For-Profit Business

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Colorado: Alamosa County, Archuleta County, Baca County, Bent County, Chaffee County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Colorado: Alamosa County, Archuleta County, Baca County, Bent County, Chaffee County Expand all

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Care Grants supplement charitable care at private veterinary practices, providing one-time medical assistance to help a disadvantaged pet owner save the life of a beloved pet. Rural and frontier counties struggle to access veterinary care, have limited resources, and the veterinary practices in rural and frontier communities have fewer charitable funds to help families in need.

The primary goal of the Care Grants is to keep the human-animal bond intact by eliminating
barriers to care faced by non-urban families and resolving medical issues that will restore
the animal’s health. Care Grants are a last-resort financial option intended to support a one-time surgical or medical intervention for a companion animal with a good to excellent prognosis. Without such emergency funding, an otherwise treatable animal might be unnecessarily euthanized, relinquished, and/or endure excessive suffering.

Examples of appropriate cases with otherwise healthy and stable animals include, but are not limited to:
  • Parvovirus (stable patient with good to excellent prognosis)
  • Fracture repair with excellent prognosis or amputation
  • Abscessed tooth or acute dental issue
  • Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus (GDV) or foreign body
  • Removal of potentially malignant masses
  • Wound/laceration repair and management
  • Enucleation
  • Humane euthanasia
Grant Funding
  • May be approved up to $500 per case;
  • is subject to available funding;
  • is limited to one grant per household unless a special exemption is provided by the Executive Director and/or the appointed designee;
  • is limited to $2,500 per veterinary practice per calendar year;
  • must be used for a one-time surgical or medical intervention that will improve the prognosis and well-being of the patient, and is not meant for treating chronic conditions or routine care. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Only veterinary clinics may apply for Care Grants.
  • Care Grants are now available for veterinary practices in all rural and frontier counties of Colorado, as defined by the Office of Management and Budget.
    • Rural and Frontier Definition: The Care Grants Program will use county designations as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) classifying rural counties as those that do not include a city of 50,000 people or more and classifying frontier counties as those with a population density less than or equal to six persons per square mile. 
  • Veterinary Practice Eligibility
    • To be eligible for Care Grants funding, the veterinary practice must:
      • Provide veterinary services in a rural or frontier county in Colorado per the definition enclosed;
      • prepare and submit the Care Grants request (the client may NOT submit the application);
      • discount its services in Care Grants cases; and
      • provide the patient’s medical records (if requested).
  • Client Eligibility
    • For a case selected by the applying veterinary practice, the client must meet the following criteria:
      • Reside in the veterinary practice service area;
      • demonstrate financial need;
      • make a financial contribution toward the cost of the animal’s care;
      • show evidence of a significant and compelling human-animal bond between the client and patient; and
      • be willing and able to provide recommended follow-up care


  • Examples of inappropriate cases include, but are not limited to:
    • Chemotherapy
    • Amputation due to osteosarcoma
    • Chronic renal failure
    • Diabetic ketoacidosis
    • Recurring uroliths or urethral obstruction
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Private cremation
  • Grant funding:
    • cannot be used for a treatment that was rendered more than two weeks prior to submission of application;
    • may not be used for diagnostics or spay/neuter procedures unless spay/neuter is essential to the continued health of the animal. 

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