To request funds, please 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.
The Buddy Foundation of Maryland (TBFMD) provides need-based financial assistance for the benefit of dog owners. When serious veterinary care is needed beyond routine care, TBFMD offers assistance. Please note that our maximum award amount is $1,000 and is payable only to the veterinarian performing the treatment/procedure. The following criteria is used to determine the awarding of monetary assistance:
- The financial need of the dog owner. Please be prepared to provide proof of income. This can be a copy of two recent check stubs, unemployment benefit letters, disability benefit letters, or a copy of your recent tax return.
- 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 ability 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.
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 dog’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.
*Please note: TBFMD requires dogs be spayed or neutered. If the treating veterinarian deems spay/neuter medically safe, the dog owner will be required to agree to the spay/neuter at the time of surgery/treatment in order to qualify for funding.
- Basic Care –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.
- Income –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 funding from The Buddy Foundation of Maryland is keeping dogs out of shelters–providing 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.
- Please note – No monetary awards are given directly to individuals. The Buddy Foundation of Maryland only sends funding directly to the treating veterinarians after application approval and upon completion of treatment/procedure. Funding resources are limited. The Buddy Foundation of Maryland does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, or race and reserves the right to deny funding to anyone for any reason.
- 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. TBFMD 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. Emergency procedures will be considered on a case-by-case basis and on the availability of funding.
- 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.
- Dogs owned by breeders.
- Foster dogs.
- 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.
- Diagnostic expenses.
- Declawing, ear cropping, or debarking surgeries. The Buddy Foundation of Maryland strongly discourages these practices and will not fund these procedures under any circumstances.
- The Buddy Foundation of Maryland is not a lifetime assistance program. If you will require monetary assistance for medication or care for the life of your pet, please explore different assistance options.