In an effort to have you fully understand the programs offered through the Chester Foundation, and ways you can help us grow, we have provided a list of frequently asked questions below.

Please use the form to ask questions we have not covered.

Services and  Grants

Q: How can my animal qualify for assistance from the Chester Foundation?
A: Decisions are made following an examination by a licensed veterinarian at one of our participating hospitals.  Based on the financial needs, a treatment plan will be created to meet the medical needs.  Funding is typically made to partially cover costs with the expectation that the pet owner provide funds as well.  Grants are dependent upon funds available. Please complete the form on the Contact Us page to provide details on your financial status and the emergency medical condition of your animal companion.

Q: Do I have to live in the Greater Sacramento area?
A:  Yes – we support the medical needs of pets that reside in the following counties: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba.

Q: What services are covered?
A: The Chester Foundation provides funds to cover material and labor costs while assuring timely delivery of care.  Services are limited to providing emergency medical care for immediate, life threatening conditions.

Q: How are payments for medical services handled?
A: The Chester Foundation will only make payments directly to the medical service provider.

Q: What are the funding options?
A: Support to pet owners comes primarily in the form of partial grants, depending on the needs and ability of the pet owner to contribute to the costs of care.

Q: Does the Foundation take in stray animals?
A: No, but we do provide services for strays in support of local animal shelters. Our mission is to provide medical care for animals that have immediate medical needs.  We do have the expectation that with care it is reasonable that the animal will have a good quality of life (high likelihood of recovery).

Q: Does the Foundation offer services to all animals?
A: Our focus is on companion animals such as dogs and cats.  We provide support for immediate care needs.  Funds are not available for long term and/or chronic medical care needs.

Supporting the Work of the Chester Foundation

Q: How is the Chester Foundation funded?
A: All funding for the foundation is received through donations and business sponsorships, with all proceeds going to cover veterinary care costs.  Participating hospitals provide care at a reduced cost to the foundation.

Q: Are donations to the Chester Foundation tax deductible?
A: Yes, the Chester Foundation has a non-profit 501(c)(3) status, and to the extent allowed by State and Federal law, donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.  Our Tax ID# is 27-2042978

Q: Do you accept in-kind donations?
A: Not at this time.

Q: Do you need volunteers?
A:  Yes, we can always use assistance with community outreach, administration and fundraising.  Soon we will be in need of foster families for recovering animals awaiting a permanent home.

Q: Do you need more veterinarians and vet hospitals to participate?
A: Yes, we are expanding our network of providers and welcome more participation.  Contact us by using the form on the Join Us page to let us know of your interest.