ISF Emergency Medical Care Grant for Animals

The medical costs of treating and rehabilitating an animal in need can become staggering for any organization or individual trying to help. The ISF Emergency Medical Care Grant for Animals provides financial assistance to animal welfare organizations, agencies, and in some cases individual rescuers, responsible for the care of animals recovering from abuse, neglect or injuries suffered from a traumatic event. The purpose of this grant is to provide animal victims a second chance by alleviating their rescuers of the financial stress of treatment so they can focus on facilitating the animal's adoption into a permanent, loving home.
* These emergency grants are given throughout the year with no application deadline dates.
* ISF will award up to a maximum of $1000.00 USD per grant application. 
* Due to the overwhelming number of animal need cases, this grant can only be offered to a select number of recipients each year and   they will be awarded based on: availability of grant funds, eligibility of applicant, and medical urgency.
* Once submitted, receipt of your grant application will be acknowledged via email.
* Award decisions are able to be made within one week.
* When approved, please allow up to two weeks from the time of first contact for grant money to be awarded.

Who May Apply?

  • Ian with happy dogsAnimal Shelter Agencies (both public and private) in the United States & Canada.
  • Rescue groups with 501(c)(3) status operating in the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii & Canada.
  • In specific cases, individuals, living in the United States & Canada, who have privately rescued an animal within the last three months


Please read all of the eligibility requirements prior to applying for an ISF Medical Emergency Grant. Due to the high volume of grant requests ISF receives, we are unfortunately unable to consider requests which do not fit the below eligibility. 

  • Animals must come from a rescue situation and the applications must be received no later than 3 months following the date of intake of the rescued animal(s).
  • Grant funds may be used to cover only medical procedures for animals who are in need of immediate urgent medical care and who have been victims of abuse or neglect and require medical treatment before being placed for adoption.
  • Grant funds are to help cover injuries caused by Abuse or Neglect.
  • Grant funds will not be awarded to "reimburse" rescuers in cases where treatment has already been completed and paid for and/or the animal has fully recovered.
  • Applicants must obtain a diagnosis, course of treatment and cost estimate prior to applying for this grant. This estimate is required to be uploaded in the grant application.
  • ISF will be calling the treating vet listed on your application. If we are not pre-authorized to speak with the vet, the application will be automatically denied. 
  • Medical procedures covered under the fund will allow the animal to medically recover and live a relatively pain-free life.
  • Animals involved must be able to be successfully placed in forever homes, animal sanctuaries or released back into the wild.
  • Treating Veterinary Clinics must be willing to accept payment via check from ISF, provide ISF with an itemized estimate and speak with an ISF representative, if necessary. When applying for an ISF grant, please call your vet immediately and give the treating veterinarian permission to speak with a member of ISF.   Have them put this permission in the file. Not giving authorization or waiting to give authorization will result in a declined application. 
  • While multiple grant applications may be submitted, please have only one rescued animal and/or rescue situation for each application.

Examples of Medical Emergency Grants:

ISF Grantee GlamourDue to the overwhelming need for emergency medical care which exists, ISF receives more applications each week then we can grant. We are not able to award grants to all applicants, even if they qualify. Several factors influence ISF’s ability to award grant money including medical urgency, financial need, eligibility and available funding. Below is a partial list of examples ISF does and usually does not give grants for:



Grant Examples:

  • Injuries resulting from direct acts of cruelty.
  • Strays and abandoned animals with acute injures (hit by a car,fractures, eyes, amputations)
  • Animals who are taken in unexpectedly by a rescue/individual needing immediate care
  • Parvo
  • Distemper
  • Heartworm

Grants On A Lower Tier And May Be Given When Funds Are Available:

  • Deformities present at birth: Cleft Palates, Liver Shunts, etc.
  • Hernias
  • Cancer
  • Dental Disease
  • Cataracts
  • Joint Surgeries

Grant Funds May Not be Used for:

  • Routine medical procedures (vaccinations, heartworm testing, spay/neuter, etc.).
  • Training costs or behavior modification costs do not apply.


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How to Apply

  • Complete the grant application.
  • Upload a copy of 501(c)(3) determination letter for non-profit organizations (if applicable).
  • Upload copies of all veterinary receipts/estimates. If services are/were provided by on-staff veterinarian or rescue discounts were given, receipts must reflect out-of pocket expenses only and  they must be issued by veterinarian’s office.
  • Upload photo of the animal patient.

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