helping people care for special needs pets

Q) Where do I apply for help?
A) The first step is to fill out our application. Find it here.

Q) How do you determine who gets help?
A) We determine who gets help after an application is submitted. We speak with the applicant and we talk to the vet in charge of the diagnosis. We look at a variety of things including need, prognosis, and long-term care plan.

Q) How much do you fund?
A) Financial relief is determined case-by-case and is offered as a one-time grant.

Q) What are the minimum requirements to qualify for help?
A) Six minimal requirements must be met to be considered.

  • diagnosis and prognosis verified by your vet, with records submitted
  • long-term care plan
  • ability of applicant to pay for part of the treatment
  • applicant documents and attests to need for financial support
  • written estimate for treatment
  • consent that we can share your story

Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.

Q) What do you consider “special needs”?
A) Unexpected, acute, short or long-term medical issues that impact the pet’s quality of life.

Q) Do you offer immediate funding?
A) We are a very small, volunteer-only organization and do not have the resources to support immediate emergency procedures. It will typically take us a few days to be able to evaluate applications, talk to vets, and respond with a decision and funding. We will consider reimbursement after an emergency procedure.

Q) Do you only work with certain vets?
A) We are currently focused on the Northern California Bay Area, Portland and Houston. However, if you have a need please reach out to us no matter where you are.

Q) What equipment do you have?
A) We currently have limited items that help with mobility including ramps, socks, boots, and steps. We request that you return your items (except for socks and boots) after use.

Q) I want to help. Tell me how.
A) There are multiple ways to help!

  • Donate here
  • Volunteer oppportunities are here
  • We are always looking for ramps, wheels, steps and other items that help with mobility. If you would like to donate, sell at a discounted rate, or partner with us, please email julianne@thewishbonefoundation.com

Q) Are donations tax-deductible?
A) Yes. We are a 501c3 non-profit and our tax ID is 86-3836459.