Grant Process

Economic hardships can prevent people from caring for the animals they love. When circumstances threaten the bonds between people and their pets, the Hope Mending Hearts Foundation is here to help all those that we can.

Hope Mending Hearts provides:

  • Financial assistance grants so pet owners, Good Samaritans and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care
  • An easy online application and quick approval process
  • Resources for pet owners struggling with economic hardship
  • Resources for victims of domestic violence and deploying soldiers.

The goal of the program is to help animals who need immediate veterinary care to survive. Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive, we unfortunately cannot help everyone. The typical grant is $100 to $200. Decisions are based upon several factors, including: medical urgency, financial need, available funding, pet eligibility and pet owner financial status.

Once an application is submitted online, you can expect to receive a response via e-mail or by phone within one to two business days.

Hope Mending Hearts depends upon donations from kind supporters to fund this grant program.

Please donate to help us reach our goal of doubling the budget for this program by 2015 so we can increase the amount and quantity of grants provided. (There will be a donate button on the web page)

Good Samaritans and pet owners turn to Hope Mending Hearts as a means to provide financial and resource assistance with urgent veterinary care. The Hope Mending Hearts grants help meet the cost of caring for animals needing life-saving veterinary treatment.


The applicant (person/group applying for a grant) must:

  • Be seeking assistance for one animal in need of urgent medical care.
  • Must have a veterinary diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan.

Hope Mending Hearts cannot pay for office exams or diagnostic testing.

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Make a concerted fundraising effort, attempting to find funding through your own means and personal contacts. See our suggestions for fundraising.
  • Before Hope Mending Hearts grants can be approved, pet owners must first apply for Care Credit.
  • Submit a completed application online.
  • Provide updates, photos and video if Hope Mending Hearts is able to help.
  • Live in the United States.

The animal must:

  • Have a life-threatening injury or illness that requires urgent and specific treatment.
  • Have a favorable prognosis.
  • Be spayed or neutered (if the animal is not already spayed/neutered, please include plans for having this done when submitting the application).

The veterinary clinic must:

  • Be aware of the client’s financial need.
  • Speak with a Hope Mending Hearts board member & provide itemized estimates upon request.
  • Accept a check from this organization.


Hope Mending Hearts cannot help if any of the following apply:

  • The animal’s treatment has been completed.
  • The animal’s medical needs are for:

– ongoing conditions or treatments (such as diabetes or chemotherapy)

– testing or diagnostic work (such as X-rays, MRI or blood work)

– routine care (such as spay/neuter, vaccinations or annual exams)

  • The injury/illness could have been prevented through standard routine care

(except recently rescued animals).

  • You as the owner of the animal have previously received previous Hope Mending Hearts assistance.
  • You are an independent rescuer who has received a grant within the last 12 months.



Read the above purpose statement and eligibility requirements carefully before applying.