How Does it Work?
ACT Pet Crisis Fund is available to disadvantaged pet owners in the Canberra and local region, including Queanbeyan and Bungendore.
If you are a pet owner and your pet is unwell, the first step is to visit your vet for assessment. In an emergency situation and if it is outside of normal business hours, please attend the Animal Referral Hospital in Fyshwick or the Canberra Veterinary Emergency Service in Gunghalin. Your veterinarian can give first aid, an estimate for care can apply to the fund for financial assistance.
To use the fund, your vet will first ask you to apply for VetPay (or you can do this in advance to speed things up here).
If you are declined for VetPay your veterinarian can then apply to the fund on your behalf. We do not have the ability to take direct applications unless you have first visited a veterinarian. If your vet is not aware of the fund, please direct them to this website and ask them to check the section 'my client needs help'.
If you don't already have a vet, clinics that have previously accessed the fund include: Parkway Veterinary Centre, Canberra Cat Vet, Kent St Vet, Tuggeranong Vet, Sonza Veterinary Clinic and afterhours, Canberra Veterinary Emergency Service.
For veterinarians applying to the fund, the fund is available to disadvantaged pet owners who have no other options to cover an unexpected veterinary bill. Please ensure your client has exhausted other options, such as borrowing from friends and family and that they have applied for VetPay if this is available at your clinic.
We are able to assist up to the value of $250 for pet owners who have no other options without needing to get prior approval from the fund. We simply ask the vet clinic to see the pet then fill out the online application form and send us the invoice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to Get Involved?
Please join us on Facebook or Instagram if you would like to help by sharing our posts and getting support for our campaigns.
We can also provide donation boxes if you would like to assist with fundraising at your workplace or business.
If you would like to join us, in any capacity, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are also always on the lookout for foster carers to help pets with medical conditions that need temporary care and for pets who need temporary care while their owner is in hospital.
We welcome supporting veterinary clinics who would like to utilise the fund and promote it when possible.
The purpose of the fund is to ease the burden on individual clinics and veterinarians who find they frequently encounter needy people and either discount their care or recommend euthanasia.
More details on how to determine if your client qualifies for the fund can be found here.