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« on: December 18, 2009, 12:34:06 PM »

Rhode Island-statewide-

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association
302 Pearl Street #108
Providence, RI  02907
Phone 401-751-0944
Fax 401-780-0940

The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association Companion Animal Foundation was launched in the fall of 2004 to help low-income individuals and families afford the proper and necessary medical care for their pets.
  Veterinarians initiated the Foundation in response to the myriad instances in which pet owners could not afford to manage their pet’s medical issues, which in many cases would lead to euthanasia of the companion or a situation where the human-animal bond was adversely affected.  Many of these patients were treasured family members, and the lack of their owners’ ability to provide for their care was difficult for all concerned. 

Statewide, there are a limited number of programs for pet owners to receive financial assistance for spay/neuter procedures, and even fewer for routine or emergency (trauma) care.

How do I apply for Companion Animal Foundation funding?

Ask your veterinarian if there is funding available through his or her practice. Each practice has application forms for you to fill out. Your answers to the questions will let the veterinarian know if you qualify for funding.

What if I don't have a veterinarian yet?

You can find a veterinarian in your area by downloading our CAF Vet Clinic by Location document (PDF).

Find a Vet link.

Who is eligible for CAF funding?

CAF guidelines stipulate that funding can only go to those individuals who qualify under low-income criteria. You must utilize at least one of the social service programs or make less than the federal poverty level amount listed on the application form. Please visit Grant Guidelines for more information.

Do I need to present proof that I qualify?

No. Your signature says that you have answered the questions accurately and also that you will present proof, if required, during an audit. If the audit determines that you did not use services to qualify as you claimed, you will need to repay the Companion Animal Foundation.

Will my pet's care be paid for if I qualify?

Your veterinarian has a limited amount of funding available each year, and this might impact whether you will be able to receive a funding donation for your pet's care. Most commonly, a percentage of your pet's care will be funded.

Does my veterinarian have to be in Rhode Island?

No. The Companion Animal Foundation is available to all veterinarians who are members of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association. Some RIVMA member veterinarians practice in nearby areas of Massachusetts or Connecticut. But you must be a Rhode Island resident to qualify for assistance.

The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association is proud to offer a low-cost spay/neuter program (SNAP) to residents of Rhode Island who meet the financial qualifications.

Qualification test at the link.
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2009, 12:35:16 PM »

Rhode Island-Pascoag-

Humane Association of Northwestern RI, Inc.
P.O. Box 355
Pascoag, RI 02859
Phone: 401-568-5734


Spay/neuter and wellness clinic-

The SNYPP Clinic is a low cost spay/neuter and pet wellness clinic located in Pascoag, RI. This clinic was the first of its kind in Rhode Island.

SNYPP Clinic
9 Church Street
Pascoag, RI 02859
Phone: 401-568-3223
Fax: 401-568-3239

Monday  8:30am - 5:00
Tuesday  8:30am - 5:00
Wednesday 8:30am - 5:00
Thursday 8:30am - 5:00
Friday 8:30am - 5:00
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2010, 01:28:30 PM »

Rhode Island-Johnston-

Hands That Heal
(617) 429-9610

Scituate Animal Shelter
780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Rt. 3A)
Scituate, MA 02066
Phone: 781-544-4533   
Fax: 781-544-4535

Johnston Sun Rise March 26, 2010

"Started by volunteers working at the Scituate Animal Shelter in 2006, Hands that Heal is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide aid for people in need, primarily the elderly, in caring for their pets. Volunteers from the organization have been working with several Johnston seniors, referred by social worker Heidi Ross from the Johnston Senior Center.

"Once an individual is identified as being in need of services, Hands that Heal meets with the individual to assess their situation. Services have included providing pet food, veterinary care, spaying and neutering, as well as foster care for the pet, if needed.

"With the economy the way that it is, the volume of requests for our services has increased 100-fold,” she said. “We have a lot of clients from Johnston that we help with their animals.”

"Donations of money, pet food and pet supplies are always welcome, as well as donations of time."
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