Animal House Project is a 501(c)3 charitable organization on a mission to help companion pets stay at home and out of animal shelters by providing donated pet food and pet care services to pet families in financial need. Sometimes we are the last hope for companion pets.
Our Organization also operates a Rescue Pet Food Pantry helping grass root 501 (c) 3 Rescues with donated pet food and supplies.
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We have several programs under our umbrella:
- Companion Pet Food Pantry – helping families that are struggling to help feed their companion pets
- Rescue Pet Food Pantry – Grassroot 501 (c) 3 Rescues that are having a difficult time receiving donated pet food
- Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program – for our Pantry Clients, we offer low cost spay/neuter services
- Low Cost Vaccine Clinic – This is a program that we are looking to start funding to offer to not only the Pantry Clients but also to the communities that we serve.
- Veterinary Care Assistance Grants – This is another program that we are looking to fund and start.
We are finding that even if we help by providing donated food, the veterinary costs for a companion pet may still be out of reach, so we are creating a grant program to help offset the non-emergency costs.
Sydney Hood: Great people doing a great job!
Tracey Woodruff Brown: This is a Fantastic organization that is providing an invaluable service. They cover a wide geographic area and numerous different client groups that need help.
Dee Blackburn: Great Organization that helps many small grassroot rescues!
Chrissy Perkins: Stepping Stones Animal Rescue: Absolutely love these people, We struggle with donations and they have come through with food for our group of more than one occasion and enabled us to continue to rescue abandoned and unwanted pups/dogs and cats in our rural area of WV, Thank you so much for all you do. Stepping Stones Canine Fosters WV.
Veterinary Care Assistance Grants
In addition to providing donated pet food, two critical programs that are missing from our offerings are: Low-cost vaccine clinic and more importantly a Veterinary care assistance program. Receiving donated pet food and litter is important but we have found that we need to complete the circle and help when it comes to the veterinary assistance. The cost of an average veterinary visit can run as high as $200.00 for an exam and basic vaccinations coupled with medications or special food if needed. Inflation and the rising medical costs are breaking families wanted to keep their companion pets at home at an alarming rate. This plus, many do not have the excellent credit to obtain pet insurance or the care credit that is offered to some makes it a life and death decision for pets. Post Pandemic, Animal House Project has been receiving a lot of calls asking for help to offset the non-emergency vet bills and we have yet to raise enough money to offer this service. If we were to offer the Grants Assistance, it would be used for Pantry Clients first and for non-emergency services.
Applicant MUST provide:
- Proof of identification, (driver’s license, or other photo identification with name and address)
- Recent proof of income for ALL ADULTS IN HOUSEHOLD, (check stub, tax return, W-2, 1099)
- Proof of qualifying benefits, (Medicaid, Unemployment, Food Stamps, SSI)
- Diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan from veterinarian
- Care Credit denial / approval
- Six photos; pet alone and with family
- Veterinarian’s name, address, and phone number
- Completed veterinary care assistance application
Updates, photos, and video of pet if Animal House Project is able to help
We will not be able to help:
We cannot provide veterinary care grants if any of the following apply:
- You have received assistance from AHP in the past
- You are seeking aid for elective or emergency surgery, (surgery not required for survival)
- Your pet has completed treatment and you are seeking reimbursement or help with an outstanding bill
- Your pet is terminally ill, with little or no chance of survival
- You have not applied for CareCredit
- You have applied for CareCredit and were approved
We also have an application for Veterinary Care Assistance that will need to be completed.
Define Long Term Success:
The long term success will be in the number of grants that we can provide and help these families meet some challenging medical bills. We are in the process of reaching out to Vet Hospitals who will partner with this program but the grant funds can be paid to the Client Veterinary Facilities. The money will be paid direct and not to the client. It is the Board’s hope that we can continue with this program year after year and help a lot of financially strapped families.
The demographics of the Families that we help include: Returning and Retired Military Veterans; Single Parent Families; Socio- Economic Challenged Families; Medically stressed families; Seniors Living on a Fixed Income.
Define Short Term Success:
That the Veterinary Care Assistance Program is well received and that we receive applications for assistance and that we get great Testimonials from Clients as well as Vet Hospitals.
We have decided to combine the Vaccination Clinic in with the Veterinary Assistance Grant Program.
How Do you Monitor Progress?
The monies invested in this program will be set up in a separate bank account.
We have a Vet Tech Volunteer who will handle the incoming applications and follow-up with the Vet Hospitals to confirm that the pet does meet the criteria that we have identified.
Since this is a new program, we have established a not to exceed of $200.00 per grant unless there are extenuating circumstances that our grant would make a difference in whether the animal receives treatment or not.
For instance, one of our retired military owners’ companion pet needed dental surgery and the total cost for the surgery was $500.00. Since the pet was deemed a necessary service dog, the Board made the decision to cover the cost 100%.
Evidence of Program Success:
Since this is a brand new program we do not have testimonials but in the short term we hope to start providing that information both on Facebook and our Website.