Financial Assistance Application

Guidelines for Applying for Assistance

LAP Help financial assistance program is dedicated to helping families who find themselves in a temporary financial crisis at the same time their pet requires life-saving treatment or life-sustaining medications. We are committed to ensuring we help maintain and strengthen the bond between pets and their families during times of unexpected financial crisis.

If approved funds will be donated directly to the facility providing treatment or medications. See qualification guidelines for aid below, proof of hardship must be submitted with the application.

The following is a list of the minimum documentation you are required to provide during the application phase:

  • Proof of Income or Proof of receiving government assistance. Acceptable documents such as IRS Tax return form-1040s, Recent Paycheck stubs, EDD, Medical, social security, or Calfresh documents for all adults in the household where the pet resides.
  • Proof of Identity, State issued License, Identity Cards, or Passports are all acceptable.
  • Proof of the hardship you claim, if your income is within the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see chart) or Debt to income ratio.
  • Proof that you own the animal in need, this can be determined with adoption/purchase Papers, vet records, or Rabies certificates for two consecutive “terms”

If this application is in response to a hardship caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the above forms will not be necessary. We will, however, need the following:

  • Proof of loss of income due to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Proof of financial hardship due to you or a family member contracting COVID-19
  • Proof of Identity, State issued License, Identity Cards, or Passports are all acceptable.
  • Proof that you own the animal in need, this can be determined with adoption/purchase papers, vet records, or Rabies certificates for two consecutive “terms”

We are a US non-profit only. Requests from outside the United States will be automatically denied. Our finances change daily. We are actively fundraising nationwide, however, if we do not take in donations, we cannot offer assistance.

If your request does not meet our Standard Guidelines or if we do not have sufficient funds available to “bridge the gap,” you will receive an immediate and automated denial email. Our guidelines are based on three sets of criteria – our Responsible Pet Owner Standards, the pet’s crisis, and your household financials. As a result, we need you to answer every question honestly and completely. Please do not elaborate on the fields for specific questions. Use the Description area to provide any additional information you wish.