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What Are the Qualifying Criteria For Veterinary Practices to Participate? 

A veterinary practice wishing to participate in the TLC program and, therefore, be eligible for reimbursement of services provided to companion animals in need of significant medical care, must:

  • Actively promote the program to its clientele through the distribution of social media posts, information on how to donate and possibly brochures.
  • Must have at least one veterinarian on staff who is a member of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Must complete a TLC Participating Practice participation application which outlines contact information, veterinarians on staff, and posting and marketing collateral to promote the program.

When you sign up as a Participating Practice you can submit reimbursement forms to help clients in need of major veterinary care.

How It Works:

It’s relatively easy to request grants from the TLC program. All you have to do is sign up to be a TLC Participating Practice. To be considered for a grant, 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 for any case. Funds are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

What Medical 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 eligible.

What is the Turnaround Time For Reimbursement?

Reimbursement will be provided, on the program's available basis, 30 days from confirmation of receipt of the application.

What Animals Are Eligible For Services?

Companion animals which have been injured, abused, neglected, or 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.




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How can you help?

You can help animals get the veterinary care they need by making a donation today. Just select "The Last Chance Fund" when asked where you want your donation to be applied.

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About Animal Care PA

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF), d/b/a Animal Care PA, was established in 1983, and serves as the charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association but functions as an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Animal Care PA is to help caring people help animals by bridging the gap through our animal welfare initiatives like The Last Chance Program and Henry's Helping Paws Program as well as funding Veterinary Student Scholarships.

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