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Pets should not have to die, be euthanized, or be surrendered because their guardians could not afford to pay for their medical care. Hope4Paws is our new and additional Sunshine's Friends program emphasizing our continued commitment to our community. Hope4Paws will lower the number of pets unnecessarily being given up or euthanized. The program will help pet guardians keep their pets instead of having to surrender them because their medical care is beyond what they can afford to pay. The program will help prevent families from having to surrender their pets to county shelters. It is an alternative approach to taking pets out of county shelters and finding new homes for them.

This program will fund medical care that is beyond basic care or routine procedures like spay/neuter, vaccinations, deworming, wellness checkups etc. It will provide help with medical expenses for pets that need surgery, treatment for injuries or serious, life-threatening illness in order to survive and live without suffering.

Eligibility for this program is based on residency and income and will be determined on a case by case basis.

Won't you help build a fund so we can provide relief to suffering animals and make it possible for them to live healthier, pain-free lives while remaining with their families?

Application Process

In order to apply for assistance from Hope4Paws, the cat owner must submit the following:

  1. On-line Application,
  2. Proof of income and residency (as identified below),
  3. A written cost estimate from the veterinarian for the required procedures and/or treatment (if it is not an emergency case).
  4. Name, address, and medical license number of the veterinarian.

Qualification Criteria

The program will pay for medical bills for cats and dogs of low-income families who are residents of Maryland.

Eligibility is based on residency and income.  The household income cannot exceed the “very low” income limits set by the HUD for public housing assistance for the Baltimore County region (which includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Anne’s).   

Income limits per household are:

Additional family members: Add $3,650 per family member to $45,500.

Proof of Income required (provide one)

Proof of Maryland residency (provide one)

Payment Procedure

Program Disclaimer: Hope4Paws does not consider ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion when considering our support.  We reserve the right to grant support to anyone for any reason.  We also reserve the right to ascertain the level of support on a case by case basis.

Hope4Paws Vet Fund and Referral Service Application

Guardian's Name(*)
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Pet's Name(*)
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Gender(*)

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Has your pet been "fixed?"(*)

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Address(*)
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Apartment or Suite(*)
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City(*)
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State(*)
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Zipcode(*)
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Home Phone(*)
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Cell Phone(*)
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Email(*)
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Amount of funds requested(*)
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Household Income(*)
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Salaries, tips, supplemental income, and tax rebates for all household members combined.

Number of members in your family (including yourself)(*)
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The reason for requesting funding:(*)
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Name of Your Veterinarian
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Medical License Number(*)
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Hospital/Clinic Address(*)
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Apartment or Suite(*)
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City(*)
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State(*)
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Zipcode(*)
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Phone(*)
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I have attached the following documents(*)

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Proof of income includes a recent tax form, a Form W-9, a Form 1099, a letter from your employer. Proof of Residency includes a water or electric bill, a rent bill or mortgage coupon. The Vet's estimate must be on official stationery containing the Vet's license number.

Proof of Income(*)
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Proof of Residency(*)
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Doctor's Esitmate(*)
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I understand that my financial information to Hope for Paws will never be disclosed, and will be destroyed after my application evaluation is completed.
My pet is not spayed/neutered. However, I promise that I will spay/neuter as soon as my pet is well enough for the procedure.
Please Initial Consent(*)
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I acknowledge that by signing this application, I am giving Hope4Paws permission to use my name and/or my pet's name, as well as our story and pictures in publications and marketing sponsored by Hope4Paws. However, I may request for Hope4Paws to use an alias rather than our real names.
Please use an alias rather than our real names

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Applicant's Signature(*)
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Signature Date(*)

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