If your dog is in a life-threatening situation, seek vet care immediately! Pit Bull Rescue Central is an internet-based organization and, while we try our best to respond to all applications in a timely manner, we are not equipped to handle most emergency situations. In addition, our funds are limited, especially during these tough economic times. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to donate to your case. If we do approve your application, it is unlikely that our donation will cover your entire bill, so we highly recommend that you follow the steps below to seek other sources of funding.
- The best way to afford unexpected veterinary expenses is to plan BEFORE your pet gets sick. You may want to consider pet insurance, or starting a special savings account for your dog’s vet care.
- Get a diagnosis, estimated cost of treatment and prognosis from your vet. Consultations can be expensive themselves, but most groups will want to know exactly what is wrong with your dog, how it will be treated, and what the total cost will be in order to evaluate your situation.
- Ask your vet if they offer payment plans. Funds are limited, and organizations want to make sure that they’re helping people who truly have no other option for treating their animals.
- Ask your vet if their clinic has its own fund. Sometimes the best way to get assistance is right in your vet’s office, where they already know you.
- Contact your local animal shelter. Many shelters keep a list of local assistance programs and/or clinics that are subsidized or offer sliding scales. Some state university veterinary schools also have assistance programs.
- Apply to Care Credit (www.carecredit.com). This is a low-interest credit card just for vet expenses. Some of the organizations below require you to apply to Care Credit before they will consider your request.
Once you’ve taken these steps, click here for a list of financial assistance programs for pet owners. This list is not an endorsement of any particular foundation or a guarantee of funds. Each program has its own process, so you’ll have to research each one to find out how to apply.
If you have a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix in need, please choose the link below that best fits your situation and complete the appropriate application.
Rescue or Shelter
Guidelines for Fund Expenditures*
- Provide medical treatment to needy Pit Bulls within certain guidelines
- Help Pit Bull friendly rescue groups
- Assist in purchase of necessary equipment for rescuing or training
- In special circumstances food purchases and temporary boarding of dogs up for adoption
- In special circumstances, requests may be granted for dogs that need transportation, only when dog is being transported from foster/shelter/rescue to a permanent adoptive home.
- Professional temperament evaluation in special circumstances
All requests for disbursement of funds will be reviewed by PBRC's Fund Committee. While PBRC cannot usually cover the entire cost of the requested aid due to limited funding, we do weigh each situation carefully and try to assist whenever we can.
PBRC does not receive any government funding. Our organization consists solely of volunteers. Our support comes directly from generous people located all over the world and goes directly to the Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes who need it most.
Words will never be enough to express our deep appreciation for the many people who share our dedication to this breed by supporting our efforts to help needy Pit Bulls by donate their time, money and love to save these wonderful dogs. We thank our donors.
Please contact PBRC fund committee with any questions or for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
*In order to maintain equality a particular Rescue/Foster/Shelter/Dog will only be eligible for a donation once every 4 months, with a donation not to exceed $250.00 or 10% of the total amount available for funding at the time of request. This amount will not be inclusive of a charitable donation or spay/neuter assistance request at any time, if applicable. The 4 month period begins the day payment is made by PBRC to fulfill the request. If the committee feels that the situation warrants a donation above this amount, the recommendation for a higher amount will be made to the Board of Directors, who can, at their discretion, make an exception.