Heidi Wakefield Memorial Medical Grant

Guidelines and Application

Kitsap Animal Rescue and Education’s (KARE) Pet Medical Assistance Grant helps animals who need veterinary care for urgent and serious medical conditions. Grants to be awarded up to $1500.00 to low income, Kitsap County residents. Decisions are based upon several factors, including medical urgency, financial need, available funding, and eligibility. Due to the number of applications we receive, we are unable to help everyone.

Once an application has been submitted, you can expect to receive a response by email or phone within  five (5) business days. Please be sure to check your email for confirmation that your application was received.

If your animal needs immediate care, where any delay will put the animal at risk, it is the owner’s responsibility to seek immediate care for the animal. There is no guarantee that KARE’s Pet Medical Assistance Grant will be able to provide financial assistance. If the grant application is approved for the emergency situation, funds may take up to 72 hours to be distributed.

Acceptance Guidelines:

  • Applicants must reside in Kitsap County, WA. Proof will be required.
  • Applicants must meet annual income guidelines of $32,100 or $45,850 for a four-person family or have recently experienced a financial hardship. Proof will be required.
  • Grants are not guaranteed, and will not exceed $1500.00 per pet, per household.
  • Grants are not available for spay or neuter surgeries, dental cleanings, preventative care or ongoing medical treatments for chronic conditions.
  • Awarded funds will be paid to the veterinarian directly. Under no circumstances will they be awarded to the pet owner.
  • Prior to applying, there must be a clear diagnosis, specific treatment plan in place, and an estimate of the cost of care from a veterinarian. Applicants must also give KARE permission to access all medical records of their pet.
  • Only applications for companion animals will be reviewed (dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, etc).
  • Funds will not be awarded to companion animal breeders or to anyone that has purposefully bred their pet.
  • Grant recipients must give KARE permission to use pictures of their pet and a summary of the pet’s care for fundraising and promotional purposes.
  • All applications will be reviewed without bias or consideration of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age or marital status.

If you believe you are eligible, please complete the application.