Become a TLC Participating Practice
What Are the Qualifying Criteria For Veterinary Practices
A veterinary practice wishing to participate in the TLC program and, therefore,
be eligible for reimbursement of services provided to unowned companion animals
in need of significant medical care, must:
Once approved as a
participating practice, we will send you a welcome kit which will include a
supply of brochures and promotional materials as well as a decal for your window
or door which indicates you are a participating TLC Fund practice.
- Actively promote the program to its clientele through distribution of
brochures and information on how to donate
- Must have at least one
veterinarian on staff who is a member of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical
- Must complete a participation application which outlines
contact information, veterinarians on staff, and marketing plans for
distribution of materials and promotion of the Fund.
Expenses Are Covered?
True medical and surgical costs related to emergency or
significant medical care for eligible companion animals are covered. A
percentage of staff time may be included. Long-term boarding expenses are not
Is There a Limit on the Costs Covered For Each Animal?
Yes. Funds are
limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To be
considered, you should submit a request for the animal’s care before treatment
is provided if possible. After-treatment requests for coverage will also be
reviewed and funds may be provided to the extent they are available. Completed
reimbursement requests for funds will be reviewed by the Case Approval and
Oversight Committee. If approved and funding is available, funds for the care of
the animal identified in the application will be earmarked for that animal’s
care. In both pre-treatment and after-treatment cases, the Committee will
allocate monies based on funding availability and will notify you with the
amount set aside for the animal’s care. Costs associated with the care may not
be covered in full. Because our abilities are limited by the donations we
receive, there is no guarantee of funding availability for any case.
What is the
Turnaround Time For Reimbursement?
Reimbursement will be provided, on a funds
available basis, 30 days from confirmation of receipt of the application.
Animals Are Eligible For Services?
Stray or abandoned (unowned) companion
animals which have been injured, abused, or neglected and are in need of
significant medical care are eligible for the program. Companion animals are
defined as those that are kept for enjoyment and companionship as opposed to
those used in livestock production and laboratory research.