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Community Cares Mission Statement

Elko Veterinary Clinic’s Community Cares fund has long been a service provided by the clinic. In 2022, it became a 501c-3 non-profit organization after partnering with the Veterinary Care Foundation.

Community Cares provides veterinary care to our community’s animals in need. Our mission is to provide aid in situations where financial burdens prevent owners and Good Samaritans from obtaining needed veterinary care.

Community Cares

Elko Veterinary Clinic is excited to announce that we have created a charitable fund to offer grants to clients who need financial assistance to provide lifesaving care for their pets, including all animals, large and small. All too often, even the best pet owners can find themselves financially unprepared to do what is needed to save their pets and face a heart-wrenching decision if they can’t afford treatment.

Of course, as veterinarians, we love animals first and foremost and don’t want any family to have to make that terrible decision. Elko Veterinary Clinic Community Cares Fund has long been a service provided by the clinic. We have maintained this fund through the generosity of our clients. We wanted to do more, and so, inspired by clients who want to help the less fortunate owners afford emergency pet care, we have used our Community Cares fund to establish a charitable fund with the Veterinary Care Foundation. The Veterinary Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation and is unique in that 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to veterinary practices. The Foundation never uses charitable contributions for administration, salaries, or fundraising. Our Clinic will be using the funds for Good Samaritan cases, clients experiencing significant financial difficulties, and collaboration with other 501(c)(3) rescue groups.

For those of you who can help other less fortunate owners and animals in our community, you can donate by clicking on the Community Cares link on the home page. You can also stop by the clinic any time to donate. Donations made online will receive a tax-deductible receipt. We thank you in advance for any generosity. As a practice, we will be fundraising throughout the year to help maintain the fund and work to make a difference for as many people and, more importantly, animals as possible.

Community Cares Goals

  • Provide financial support towards good Samaritan cases and situations where an owner has fallen into substantial hardship or financial crisis.
  • Partner with other 501c3 animal charities to provide low-cost spay and neuter services for adoptable pets.
  • Connect with community groups to provide trap neuter release services to help manage feral cat populations.
  • Provide veterinary services to underserved and unhoused communities and pet owners.
  • Raise enough funds to purchase and operate a mobile, low-cost spay and neuter clinic to serve rural Northern Nevada communities.

Community Cares Questions and Answers

Do you qualify?

  • Client needs to be CareCredit and Scratchpay denied
  • Good Samaritan Cases
  • Rescue groups with 501c-3 status
  • Must be a deserving case and have an estimate of cost and treatment plan provided and approved by a veterinarian
  • Substantial hardship or financial crisis demonstrated
  • You must demonstrate financial need and fill out an application. Your household income must be at or below $52,000 total household income (all household salaries combined)
  • You must be able to afford a co-pay of at least 1/3 of the veterinary estimate.
  • To be proposed by staff member, NOT by client

Please Note

  1. Grant size varies based on required services, a sliding scale of need, and funds available.
  2. Clients who donate and pay online automatically receive an electronic tax receipt. Clients who donate and pay by mail receive a thank you letter that will also serve as a tax receipt.
  3. Grants may be awarded based on several factors, including:
    • Eligibility
    • Medical urgency
    • Financial need
    • Available funding

Community Care Funds Will NOT Cover

  • Community Cares fund does not cover end-of-life care or humane euthanasia
  • Care for an elderly pet with a poor or terminal prognosis
  • Medication to support lifelong ailment or chronic disease
  • Hospitalization for parvoviral enteritis treatment
  • Spay/neuter surgeries
  • Routine vaccinations
  • Cosmetic procedures and any procedure not medically necessary
  • Acupuncture, Laser therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • All cremation services are solely provided by River Clare’s Pet Cremation Service. If the client wants private cremation so they can have the ashes, then they are responsible for those additional costs.
  • Dental Services will be covered on a case-by-case or emergency basis because these are elective procedures. If the community discretion is to cover the procedure, we will only cover $475.00

Please understand that while many of these procedures benefit pets, they do not fall within the parameters of Community Cares. All cases are determined on a case-by-case basis.