How does Tails of Help work?

Tails of Help is dedicated to providing financial assistance for pet owners who find themselves unable to afford essential health care for their ill or injured pet. Approved by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, Tails of Help assesses qualified applications and provides funds to assist with care of the family pet.

Applications are made by participating veterinarians, and are determined by available funds and meeting the program criteria for financial and medical need. If the application is approved, funds are disbursed directly to the treating clinic.

Essential health care is considered to be treatment without which the ill or injured animal will die, require humane euthanasia, or cause undue suffering to the pet. 

If you do not have a regular veterinarian, you can find one here.

We are currently conducting initial fundraising efforts to establish a reserve fund. As of November 2013 we began accepting applications for health care assistance submitted by participating veterinary clinics. As of December 2013 Tails of Help began approving applications and providing funding for treatment to keep pets healthy and with their loving families.

What to do if your pet needs help:

  1. Read the qualifying information further below here for details about pets and owners that can qualify for Tails of Help assistance.
  2. Contact your veterinarian
  3. Be prepared to show proof that you are:
    • An adult resident of Alberta
    • A recipient of Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) OR
    • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)
    • Prepared to contribute to the cost of care for your pet and follow the veterinarian's instructions regarding after care
  4. Your veterinarian will do the rest. Please feel free to ask them to contact us for any questions that they may have about submitting an application.

A Qualifying Owner: 

  1. Is an adult resident of Alberta
  2. Agrees to contribute 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 supporting documentation of financial qualification in one of the following categories:
  • Senior Citizens that receive the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) 
  • Assured Income for Severely Handicapped (AISH) recipients 

 Qualifying criteria for owners can be found here

Qualifying Patients:

A veterinarian or their designate will need to evaluate the animal to determine eligibility for funding. The following  will be considered:

  • Is an "owned animal" presented to a participating veterinary practice
  • Is ill or injured and veterinary care is required
  • Is the condition such that failure to treat would result in the death of the animal or would require euthanasia for humane reasons, or would necessitate the surrender of the animal.

Qualifying criteria for the patient can be found here

The intent of the program is to provide essential health 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.