If you believe your pet is in immediate danger, apply but seek immediate veterinary assistance.  Your application might not get a response for 24 to 48 hours.  The mailbox is not checked after 7PM on weekdays, and the mailbox is not checked after 12 PM Saturday through Monday morning.

ART’s Medical Assistance program is designed to help families keep their pets healthy and out of the shelter when going through a difficult time financially. For qualifying applicants, we may assist with routine care, some diagnostic tests and surgeries. The prognosis must be favorable to receive assistance. This is a one time help with a pet’s need. We cannot provide long term health care. We require that all healthy dogs and cats in the family be spayed or neutered. If not altered we will schedule in the near future. (If necessary financial aid is given for spay/neuter). Please do not apply if you will not allow for your pets to be altered.


Things you should know before applying:

  • You must apply for care credit at the vet office or www.carecredit.com.
  • We do not pay for vet care already received.
  • We require that all dogs and cats in the family be spayed or neutered.  If not altered we will schedule in the near future.
  • Funding limits us to helping one individual or family to one time only assistance.
  • Your pet must have a favorable prognosis for us to contribute or fund the surgery.
  • Our budget does not allow for us to fund expensive testing such as MRI and CT scans.
  • Funding surgeries over $1,000 is a huge consideration for our organization.  If this is your situation you may go ahead and apply, but please also be working in earnest to seek additional funding sources.
  • We may assist with filling medications one time only.
  • For diabetes and cushings /addisons we may be able to help with the testing and provide initial medication. The applicant will be responsible for the future tests and medication refills.
  • We do not provide 6 months heartworm and flea prevention. We may assist with the test and one month medication.  You may purchase heartworm pills one month at a time if necessary from the vet or clinic who gave the heartworm test.
  • ART primarily serves citizens in the Hampton Roads area and outside the area, on a case by case basis.

There are low cost surgery clinics for many procedures. Do check with one of the following to see they could do your surgery.  Dentals are more affordable also.

  • Deer Park Animal Hospital PADS program Newport News 757 595- 9720
  • Helping Hands Richmond 804-355-3500
  • Norfolk Spca (they do not do orthopedic work at this time) 757 622- 3319
  • Virginia Beach SPCA. They also have a HOPE program for people with financial difficulty 757 427 0070
  • York Vet in Yorktown.  Regular hospital but reasonable surgical procedures. 757 898-3700

Other funding suggestions:

  • Themosbyfoundation.org
  • Cofundmypet.com
  • Themagicbulletfund.org (canine cancer)
  • Low interest bank loan
  • Yard sale/ sell items on craigslist
  • Contact your breeder
  • Contact breed specific rescue (most likely they will want you to surrender dog to them but least your dog will get help)
  • Ask friends, family to contribute
  • Maybe a close friend or family will allow you to use their care credit if you were denied or credit card
  • Set up Go Fund Me account
  • pawsinneedva.com



    Applicant First and Last Name (required):

    Street Address (required):

    Suite, Condo, Apt:

    City (required):

    State (required):

    Zip (required):

    Best time to reach you:

    Best method to reach you:

    Phone Numbers - Home & Cell (required):

    Your Email:

    How did you hear about us?

    Have you received help from us before?

    If so, when?

    What other organizations have you contacted for help?

    Are you employed?

    Place of employment:

    Do you receive assistance from any government program? If so please specify:

    Do you have any other source of income?

    What is the household monthly income?

    Has your ability to provide for your pet been negatively impacted by COVID-19?

    Have you applied for Care Credit?

    Please list any alternate funds that you may access such as credit cards, personal loans, etc:

    Is there anything else that you would like to add concerning the need for financial assistance?

    How much can you contribute to the vet care?

    Upon request will you be able to send pictures of your pet?

    It is important for us to keep our donors informed. Are you willing to send pictures and updates of your pet during recovery and after treatment?

    Applicant agrees that ART may post photos and the assisted pet’s story in ART’s marketing/fundraising efforts, including on social media. Applicant agrees that applicant’s first name may be used in such efforts.


    Please provide the following information for someone who we can contact as your reference.

    Reference Name (not family)

    Reference Phone

    Reference Email


    Please list all dogs currently living in your home:

    Are the dogs spayed or neutered?

    Please list all cats currently living in your home:

    Are the cats spayed or neutered?

    Pet(s) Name Needing Assistance:


    Approximate Age(s):

    Approximate Weight(s):

    Has this pet been spayed or neutered?

    *If your pet is not spayed or neutered, we will require this be done at the conclusion of treatment.

    Does your pet spend the majority of its time indoors?

    Please give the date and place your pet was last seen by a vet:

    Do you have paperwork to document your dog/cat is updated on vaccines?

    Please list your current vet and his/her phone number:

    Please describe your pet’s need for medical attention including how and when the problem started?

    Has your pet received any treatment from a vet for this condition?

    What procedure/surgery is recommended? Please give the name of the vet and estimate for this procedure/surgery.

    Please give name and number of vet if this is not your regular vet:

    Do you have transportation?

    Any other information you would like to add?