Helping Hands Animal Assistance receives calls regularly from pet owners who plead for help in obtaining urgent or emergency veterinary care for their companion animal. Owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect medical needs because of the costs involved. We help save pets’ lives by providing financial assistance for veterinary care for pets whose families cannot afford the cost of treatment.
A bag of pet food can be lifesaving and keep a pet owner from having to abandon a pet at a shelter because of hard times. Help Hands accepts donations of pet food for distribution to pet owners. Pet food mush be unopened, not expired, and have donor information attached to the bag.
Someone’s best friend needs your help. Every dollar donated helps make a difference in the life of an animal in need!
If you wish to mail a tax-deductible donation, please send check payable to:
Helping Hands Animal Assistance
PO Box 4110
Evansville, IN 47724
Helping Hands Animal Assistance is a non-profit 501(c)3 that relies 100% on donations from the public to provide financial assistance to low-income, elderly, and disabled pet owners who need help with transportation and animal emergency care, as well as pet food supplies, for those suffering financial hardships. We promote responsible pet ownership and prevent neglect through assisting people obtain the needed veterinary care for their companion animals.
We work directly with caring, dedicated veterinarians and all funds are utilized to pay them directly.
Every member of the Helping Hands team is dedicated to maintaining the human-pet bond, giving them a special sensitivity to financial challenges some families face in caring for their pets. These professionals understand that our pets are important to us and deserve to be treated like cherished members of our family.
How To Apply
Instructions for Applying for Assistance
Financial Assistance is provided ONLY for the following types of care:
- Urgent Care (diagnostic testing, broken leg, etc.)
- Emergency Care (life-threatening injuries or illnesses)
You, the pet owner, must meet eligibility criteria:
- Low-income household
- Elderly pet owner
- Disabled pet owner
- Veteran pet owner
Before You Start
You will need to have the following items available to help you complete the financial portion of the application. We advise that you gather this information together before you begin your application.
- Proof of Income — This can be a copy of a check stub, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, etc. The proof of income must be recent, and we cannot use tax forms for this purpose.
- A copy of a written cost estimate for the needed procedures and/or treatment from your veterinarian.
- The name, address, and medical license number for your treating veterinarian.
Please note — no contributions are EVER given directly to individuals. Helping Hands ONLY sends funding directly to the treating veterinarians once your application is approved and treatment is provided. Funding resources are limited, and Helping Hands makes every effort to use limited funds in the most responsible way.
** Helping Hands Animal Assistance does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, or race. Helping Hands reserves the right to deny funding to anyone for any reason. Please read the complete application agreement for details of the application process. **