Who is eligible for assistance?

Qualified Alberta pet owners who find themselves unable to afford essential health care for their ill or injured pet will be eligible for applications to be made by their veterinary clinic.  Essential health care is treatment without which the animal will die or require humane euthanasia, would cause undue suffering to the pet or would require that the pet be surrendered to a Humane Society.


Who is a Qualifying Owner?

A qualifying owner:

  1. Is an adult resident of Alberta

  2. Agrees to contribute what they can to the cost of care for their pet

  3. Agrees to follow the directions of the veterinarian regarding aftercare

  4. Provides the nominating veterinarian with the following supporting documentation of financial qualification in one of the following categories:

  • Senior Citizens that receive the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) who provide to the veterinary clinic a Statement of Old Age Security (T4A OAS) for the current or most recent year available.

  • Assured Income for Severely Handicapped (AISH) recipients that produce for the veterinary clinic a valid AISH identification card.



What is a Qualifying Patient?

A veterinarian or their designate will need to evaluate the companion animal’s case for eligibility for funding. The following criteria will need to be met by the patient:

  • Is an owned animal presented to a participating veterinary practice.

  • Is ill or injured and does require veterinary care

  • Has a condition that failure to treat will result in the death of the animal or would require euthanasia for humane reasons, or would necessitate the surrender of the animal.

The intent of the program is to provide essential care for ill or injured pets. Services such as wellness exams, vaccinations, spays and neuters, and cancer treatment will not be funded through Tails of Help.


How does a qualifying pet owner seek assistance from Tails of Help?

Owners of pets in need of health care must take their pet to a participating Alberta Veterinary Medical Association practice for treatment.  Applications are made by participating veterinarians, on behalf of qualified owners. Any clinic can participate in our program at any time. Please be advised that at this early stage of our operations, there currently are annual funding limits in place for any individual pet, owner family, or clinic.

How is a funding decision made, and assistance provided?

Each funding application is reviewed by Tails of Help, and each case is individually determined based on available funds and meeting the program criteria for financial and medical need. When assistance is approved for an individual case, the funds are disbursed directly to the veterinary practice providing the treatment.

We are currently fundraising, have established our reserve fund, and began accepting applications in November 2013. With the donations and volunteer efforts of generous Albertans, in December 2013 Tails of Help were able to begin funding treatment for pets to keep them healthy and with their loving families.