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Helping fund life-saving

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Fill out the form below and we will be happy to help you. Please also read through the topics listed below before submitting your request.

What Do We Cover?

The Buddy Foundation of Maryland provides need-based financial assistance for the benefit of dog owners. When serious veterinary care is needed beyond routine procedures, including treatment, surgery, and medications, the Buddy Foundation of Maryland offers assistance. Depending on the level of funding available and the urgency of the necessary treatment, TBF of Maryland will determine whether or not to pay for all or a portion of the animal’s care. The Buddy Foundation of Maryland will use the following criteria to determine whether funds will be disbursed for a dog’s care:

  • The financial need of the dog owner. Please be prepared to provide 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.
  • The opinion of the treating veterinarian as to the medical necessity, urgency, and prognosis for the treatment needed. Please provide a written cost/estimate of the procedure that needs to be done.
  • The demonstrated capability of the dog owner to take responsibility for his/her animal.
After consulting the veterinarian to assess the urgent care needs of the dog, TBF will also assess the dog owner’s ability and willingness to maintain the pet’s care in the future. The Buddy Foundation of Maryland will then determine the level of funding to be provided.

Who Do We Cover?

The Buddy Foundation of Maryland will consider funding requests for spayed or neutered domestic canine companion animals. We will NOT cover farm animals, animals owned by breeders, or animals used for research or commercial purposes of any kind. If applicants to The Buddy Foundation of Maryland are discovered to be using animals for illegal fighting purposes, we will provide the information to law enforcement agencies and assist in the prosecution of these illegal activities.

  • Applicants Must Provide Care Promptly – Your animal’s medical needs cannot have been neglected past all reasonable time for treatment. Applicants are responsible for making arrangements for getting their companion animals treated within a reasonable time frame, regardless of the financial situation. Sometimes this involves making very difficult decisions, but the best interests of the companion animal will be our only consideration.
  • Preventative – Applicants whose companion animals are ill due to neglected preventative care will not be considered for funding. For example, if a dog has heartworm disease because the owner neglected to provide preventative care, the applicant will not be eligible. However, if the applicant adopted a dog not knowing the animal already had heartworm, the applicant would be eligible for consideration (providing the treatment could wait the length of the current wait list).
  • Results – While the application process is in part based on the subjective judgment of veterinarians and our staff, we feel these basic guidelines are clear, unbiased, and necessary, and we will make the most ethical decisions possible with the information we have in each circumstance.

Personal Requirements for Applicants

  • You must be able to provide basic care for your dog. This includes not only food and permanent shelter, but also basic veterinary care when needed. Applicants who are not able to provide basic care for their dogs will be encouraged to seek out appropriate adoptive homes for them.
  • You must have a source of income. Eligible sources of income include Unemployment Insurance, SSI Benefits, or earned income. You must provide proof of your source of income, either in the form of copies of pay stubs or a copy of your Benefit Award letter. You will be asked to provide this at the time of your application.
  • Owner Responsibility – Your treating veterinarian will be asked about your demonstrated responsibility in caring for your companion animals. Since one of the greatest benefits of the Buddy Foundation of Maryland is keeping animals out of shelters, giving funds to irresponsible owners would not accomplish this goal.
  • Veterinarian Phone Consult – The participating veterinarian will be required to consult with The Buddy Foundation of Maryland’s staff regarding the dog’s diagnosis, prognosis, and recommended treatment. Veterinarians must also provide their medical license number to applicants so Foundation staff can verify their license to practice.
Please note – no contributions are EVER given directly to individuals. The Buddy Foundation of Maryland ONLY sends funding directly to the treating veterinarians ONLY IF your application is approved and treatment is scheduled. Funding resources are limited, and the Buddy Foundation of Maryland makes every effort to use limited funds in the most responsible way. The Buddy Foundation of Maryland does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, or race. The Buddy Foundation of Maryland reserves the right to deny funding to anyone for any reason.

What Do We NOT Fund?

  • Basic care, including but not limited to spay and neuter surgeries, deworming, grooming, flea treatments, vaccinations, or routine veterinary care. Pet owners are personally responsible for these basic expenses.
  • Any bills already paid or procedures already in progress. The Buddy Foundation of Maryland cannot reimburse anyone for veterinary expenses already paid. Even if you have not yet paid your bill, if the procedure has been performed or is in progress we cannot cover the bill. Even if the procedure/treatment is performed after the application has already been sent to us, if the application has not yet been approved for funding, we will not be able to fund the procedure.
  • If the applicant is already on the wait list and the procedure needs to be performed sooner than the funding is available, the bill cannot be covered. Whatever procedure or treatment is required, the medical care must be able to safely wait until funding becomes available and we are able to notify applicants to schedule treatment. The Buddy Foundation is unable to assist with emergency procedures that require attention within 3 days of first contacting the Foundation.
  • Any rescue dogs. The only animals covered by The Buddy Foundation of Maryland are permanent adoptions already made. Anyone wishing to apply for funds to treat stray animals must state in writing to The Buddy Foundation of Maryland and to the treating veterinarian that they intend to keep the animal and provide a workable financial plan for caring for the animal in the future. However, these animals will receive lower priority than dogs in established homes of two or more years, so these cases may face a lengthy wait for funding.
  • Any dogs owned by breeders.
  • The cost of vet visits for dogs who have not yet been seen by a veterinarian. Applicants must already have taken their animals to a veterinarian for diagnosis and must have a written estimate for the needed procedures.
  • Declawing, ear cropping, or debarking surgeries. The Buddy Foundation of Maryland strongly discourages these practices and will not fund these procedures under any circumstances.


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