Senior Program Guidelines
The purpose of the Senior Program is to provide financial assistance for emergency veterinary services for pets of seniors. The program is different from other Chester programs since seniors will be not required to contribute a percentage of the cost of care.
Pet Owner Eligibility:
- Sixty (60) years of age or older
- Demonstrated financial need – the Foundation uses the Women Infants Children (WIC) income guidelines. Allowances are made for hardships other than demonstrated by income (e.g. Owner is ill, disabled or recovering from major medical care.)
- Lives in the Foundation service area – Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.
Emergency Veterinary Services Covered:
Pet suffers form an acute illness or injury with reasonable expectation of recovery and good long-term quality of life. Assessment is based on evaluation and experience of the attending doctor.
Services Not Covered:
We do not cover routine elective procedures, costs toward palliative measures or cases with poor prognosis, or chronic conditions such as seizure and endocrine diseases.
Grant amount per applicant not to exceed $500.00.
Application process begins with submittal of online form, although exceptions can be made for seniors who do not have access to the internet.
Questions? Contact info@ChesterFound.org.
Chester Receives Grant From SVVMA
The Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association Charitable Foundation has awarded The Chester Foundation with $2000 to assist with our new Senior Program.
The SVVMA’s mission is to “strive to strengthen the human animal bond by promoting education of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and the public on animal and public health.”
Animal companions provide senior citizens with friendship, someone to nurture, and a reason to get out of bed in the morning. When they face the potential loss of a pet due to financial constraints from medical emergencies, it is devastating to both animal and human.
The Chester Foundation is very pleased to receive this support that will help fund grants for the medical needs of pets owned by low income or disabled seniors.
Thank you SVVMA!