Veterinary Care Voucher Debit Cards:
Get Help With Vet Bills in Northeast Ohio


Not Accepting New Applications

We have nearly 240 households on the waiting list to receive a Voucher Card and nearly 10 are pending approval. We are not accepting new applications starting on  9/12/2023 until further notice.

NEW as of April 2023

We've made one big improvement to our program. No more paper Vouchers! We're now sending out Veterinary Care Voucher Debit Cards. Once an eligible household receives a Voucher Card, they may keep it for as long as they like. Each eligible household may receive up to $250 during each one-year cycle, as long as they are eligible that year.

How does the Voucher Card work & what does it cover?

Voucher Cards can pay for most veterinary care goods and services that are medically and surgically recommended by a veterinarian.

$250 should cover veterinary care needs for one healthy pet needing an annual wellness visit that requires a physical exam, some disease tests (e.g. heartworm test for dogs, FIV/FeLV test for cats, and fecal exams), and core vaccinations (annual shots for adult dogs and cats). If you have puppies or kittens needing their first series of vaccinations, more than one pet (count only dogs or cats), or a sick pet, the vet bill(s) may be much higher than $250 in a one-year cycle.

Vouchers may NOT be used for the following items.
  1. Paying off old debt. You must make arrangements with your veterinary clinic to pay off your debt.
  2. Tail docking and ear cropping to meet breed standards
  3. Goods and services that aren't medically or surgically necessary for your pet's health (or for your health benefit), such as microchipping, collars, leashes, toys, etc.

If you have needs that aren't met by our Voucher Card program, check out these other Northeast Ohio pet resources.

Application Process

Only apply if you believe you're eligible. Have proof of meeting financial need requirements before you apply.

There are four options to apply. From the quickest to the slowest service options, they are listed below.

  1. Fill out the online application form below and upload a PDF (or photo) of your proof of meeting financial need. Do not print this online application form. 
  2. Download the form that you can print, fill out, and mail with a copy of your proof of meeting financial need (coming soon!).
  3. Contact us by email and we can send you an email attachment of the application form that you can download, print, fill out, and mail the completed form with a copy of your proof of meeting financial need.
  4. Call the office and ask that we can mail one to your current address. Fill out the form, and mail the completed form with a copy of your proof of meeting financial need.

If have any questions about this application process, please call us at 216.920.3051 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET (except observed holidays)

Completing the application process doesn't guarantee that you'll receive a Voucher Card. Voucher Cards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and based on the availability of funds for eligible households. Applicants may be placed on a waiting list for an unspecified period of time until more funds are raised (see below).

Eligibility Requirements

There are three basic requirements.

  1. A dog or cat must live with you. Strays and feral animals are not eligible!
  2. You must live in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, or Summit County, Ohio.
  3. You must have an income at or below 200% of the current federal poverty guidelines.

This chart shows what your monthly household income needs to be in order for you to be eligible:

Total # of people in your household: Your monthly household income must be no more than:
1 $2,430
2 $3,287
3 $4,143
4 $5,000
5 $5,857
6 $6,713
7 $7,570
8 $8,427

Waiting List

Despite our best efforts to raise money to support the Voucher Program for everyone who asks for help, there may be times when we are not able to provide you with a Voucher Card or the funds to cover all your vet care needs.

If we do not have the available funds AND you can wait to get veterinary care, you will be placed on a waiting list. We will contact you once the funds open up.

If you cannot wait and need financial assistance immediately, here are other financial resources that you can contact.

***Please Read Before Applying!!!***

Please complete only ONE application per household per calendar year.