Financial Assistance

Over a century ago, the Animal Medical Center was founded on the principle of providing companion animals with humane, quality care, and treatment. Abiding by this mission and commitment to serve the community, AMC has established financial assistance programs which help eligible pet owners, those who cannot afford veterinary care, and animal-related charities and rescues. For individual applicants who demonstrate financial hardship, either reduced payments or free care may be available (based on fund availability). Applicants must reside in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut) and receive a medical referral for their pets by an AMC veterinarian (this does not apply to rescue groups applying for AMC to the Rescue funds). Financial assistance is available for care and treatment rendered at AMC. Individuals applying must speak with a Client Services Manager (CSM) to ensure they are aware of eligibility requirements before receiving an application. To learn more about financial assistance programs at AMC, please email csm@amcny.org or call 212-329-8767.

Financial Assistance for Individuals

Application Process
The process for applying for one of the Animal Medical Center’s Community Funds (listed below) includes these steps:

  1. Apply for Care Credit (any amount up to $1,000 that is approved must be used at AMC before any financial assistance is applied, if awarded) – Applicants for the SAVE program do not have to complete this step.
  2. Complete, sign, and return the financial assistance application with supporting documentation (listed on page 3 of the application) to a Client Services Manager.

Applications and supporting documentation may be returned in person or emailed to csm@amcny.org or faxed to 212-888-0266.

Application Deadline
Completed applications must be received by AMC no later than 48 hours following the start of treatment. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Applicant Responsibility
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible prior to scheduled treatment. AMC recognizes that in emergency situations it may not be possible to collect all required eligibility information to submit a completed application prior to treatment. AMC cannot approve funding without a completed grant application. Applicants are responsible for all costs of treatment that is not covered by the grant amount.

Required Documentation
Your application must include copies of the documents that apply to you and anyone else residing in your household. Please submit copies, not originals, as AMC will not return any documents sent with the application. If any of the documents are missing, it will delay the processing of your application.

Applicants will be notified of their application status, via telephone, within 48 hours of receipt and review. A Client Services Manager can help you with a payment plan for any remaining charges or bills that are not covered by AMC financial assistance. AMC shall have the discretion to deny any grant application it deems inappropriate or that does not maximize benefit from the financial resources of the fund. If you have any question regarding available grants or the application process, please contact a Client Services Manager who will be happy to assist you.

Community Funds

The Buddy Fund

The Buddy Fund was established in 2006 to provide free or subsidized care for the treatment of cancer and cancer related conditions in animals, thereby keeping pets healthy and with their families throughout these difficult events.  The Buddy Fund is limited to one pet per client/household.

Requirements

  • Medical referral from an AMC oncologist.
  • Applicants must apply for Care Credit – any amount approved up to $1,000 must be used at AMC first.
  • Applicants must fill out the financial assistance application and return it with all required supporting documentation no later than 48 hours following the start of treatment.
  • Applicants must not have an outstanding balance.
  • Applicants cannot be a recipient of another AMC grant.

Frank V. D. Lloyd Fund for Guide Dogs

The Guide Dog Program supports AMC’s visually-impaired clients by providing free veterinary care for their active guide dogs. There is no application process for this fund.

Requirements
Guide dogs must have been trained at one of the below accredited schools:

  • Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc.
  • Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.
  • Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.
  • Guide Dogs of Texas, Inc.
  • Guide Dogs of the Desert International
  • Leader Dogs for the Blind
  • Minnesota Guide Dog Breeding Centre
  • Pilot Dogs, Inc.
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.
  • The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Additional Requirements

  • At initial registration, guide dog must be accompanied by handler with ID/tags and/or letter from one of the above accredited schools.
  • Handler must reside in the tri-state area – New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.
  • The Guide Dog Fund is limited to one guide dog per client.

Honey Bunny and Rou German Shepherd Fund

Established in 2013, the Honey Bunny and Rou German Shepherd Fund provides needed specialty veterinary care to rabbits and German Shepherd dogs of clients with limited financial means. The Honey Bunny and Rou German Shepherd Fund is limited to one pet per client/household per 12 month period.

Requirements

  • Medical referral from senior veterinarian at AMC.
  • Applicants must apply for Care Credit – any amount approved up to $1,000 must be used at AMC first.
  • Applicants must fill out the financial assistance application and return it with all required supporting documentation no later than 48 hours following the start of treatment.
  • Applicants must not have an outstanding balance.
  • Applicants cannot be a recipient of another AMC grant.

Kiki White Umbrella Cockatoo Avian Fund

Established in 2014, this fund helps subsidize the costs of specialty veterinary care for all birds owned by families with limited financial means. The Kiki White Umbrella Fund is limited to one pet per client/household per 12 month period.

Requirements

  • Medical referral from senior veterinarian at AMC.
  • Applicants must apply for Care Credit – any amount approved up to $1,000 must be used at AMC first.
  • Applicants must fill out the financial assistance application and return it with all required supporting documentation no later than 48 hours following the start of treatment.
  • Applicants cannot be a recipient of another AMC grant.

The Monty and Minny Fund

The Monty and Minny Fund, named after two standard poodles treated at AMC, was created to help provide rehabilitation services for pets whose owners can’t afford such care. The Monty and Minny Fund is limited to one pet per client/household per 12 month period.

Requirements

  • Medical referral from senior veterinarian at AMC.
  • Applicants must apply for Care Credit – any amount approved up to $1,000 must be used at AMC first.
  • Applicants must fill out the financial assistance application and return it with all required supporting documentation no later than 48 hours following the start of treatment.
  • Applicants must not have an outstanding balance.
  • Applicants cannot be a recipient of another AMC grant.

Patient Assistance Fund (PAF)

The Patient Assistance Fund helps AMC care for the pets of people who cannot afford the full cost of treatment by providing free or subsidized emergency veterinary services. PAF may cover a portion or the entire amount of the cost of treatment for a specific visit or hospitalization. PAF is limited to one pet per client/household per 12 month period.

Requirements

  • Medical referral from senior veterinarian at AMC.
  • Applicants must apply for Care Credit – any amount approved up to $1,000 must be used at AMC first.
  • Applicants must fill out the financial assistance application and return it with all required supporting documentation no later than 48 hours following the start of treatment.
  • Applicants must not have an outstanding balance.
  • Applicants cannot be a recipient of another AMC grant.

Seniors’ Animal Veterinary Effort (SAVE)

The Seniors’ Animal Veterinary Effort provides free or subsidized veterinary services for the pets of senior citizens whose current financial status would qualify them to receive funding to assist with their pets’ veterinary care.

Requirements

  • Applicant must be at least 65 years of age.
  • Medical referral from senior veterinarian at AMC.
  • Applicants must fill out the financial assistance application and return it with all required supporting documentation no later than 48 hours following the start of treatment.
  • Applicants must not have an outstanding balance.
  • Applicants cannot be a recipient of another AMC grant.

Discounts for Military and Adopted/Rescued Pets from Partner Organizations

The Animal Medical Center offers the following discounts:

  • Military: 10% discount. A valid military ID must be presented at registration to receive the discount.
  • Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons (ARF) adopted pets: 20% discount. The blue adoption tag provided upon adoption must be presented with the pet at registration to receive the discount.
  • North Shore Animal League (NSAL) adopted pets: 20% discount. The blue adoption tag provided upon adoption must be presented with the pet at registration to receive the discount.

Financial Assistance for Organizations

AMC to the Rescue

This fund was established specifically to provide subsidized specialty care to animals currently cared for by rescue groups, whose health has become an obstacle to their adoption. The Animal Medical Center understands the plight of those who operate rescue groups and the often limited funds available for treatment of animals beyond general care. Therefore, through AMC to the Rescue, we have provided a means for some of these needy animals to receive care. Learn more and apply.

Specialty Services Discount

The Animal Medical Center offers a 20% discount on services provided at to animal related non-profit organizations throughout the United States. In order to receive the discount, the following is required:

  1. The organization must provide proof of its 501(c)(3) non-profit status in the form of an IRS letter of determination.
  2. The status of the organization will be verified with the IRS.
  3. Organization must not have an outstanding balance at AMC.

Accounts will be set up with AMC under the name of the organization – not individuals. The 20% discount will be applied to the account. For every new animal presenting to AMC, the following is required:

  1. Upon the initial visit for each animal, a letter on the organization’s letterhead, signed by an officer of the organization authorizing the handler to bring the animal to AMC on behalf of the organization. This letter is required for every new animal presenting to AMC.
  2. The letter should accompany the handler the day of the visit or in advance of the visit.

To learn more about financial assistance programs at AMC, please email csm@amcny.org or call 212-329-8767.