The Sergei Foundation first serves residents of North Carolina with a focus in the Piedmont Triad area, but will assist nationally if funds are available. The following is how we process applications. You should initially hear back from us within the same business day, or within 24 hours. However, if your pet is in need of immediate care, where any delay would put the animal at risk, it is the owner's responsibility and duty to seek care for the pet immediately. There is no guarantee that The Sergei Foundation will be able to provide financial assistance.
Our mission is to assist with "companion" animals, keeping them with their human family members. A companion animal is defined as having been owned for a least six months AND have had vet visit/care so we can verify ownership of the animal. (This does NOT include breeding animals or breeders).
Help is limited to funds available as we rely 100% on donations and fundraising efforts; therefore, we may not be able to cover 100% of the cost of treatment. Grant recipients are expected to contribute towards the treatment of their pet.
1) Read the criteria for assistance on the right before filling out an application. If you do not meet ALL of the criteria or do not agree to any one of those parameters, your application will be denied. Please check our resources page for other sick/injured animal funds for other possible funding sources.
2) Fill out the application by clicking the "go to application page" button. Funding is first based on federal or state aid you may be receiving, and if your household income meets the current federal WIC eligibility guidelines. Proof of income will be required prior to funding in the form of the most recent Federal 1040 tax form (This is required!)
3) If you apply for our ER Vet Care program, we do check on past pet parenting and up to date, legal vaccination(s) of your pet. To speed up this process, you may want to call your vet to give permission for anyone from The Sergei Foundation to receive information from your listed vet(s).
4) You will be contacted via email from a Sergei Foundation volunteer or representative with instructions for what is needed to complete your application review. This could include proper income verification or other information listed on your application. You may receive a call depending on the severity of the illness/injury of your pet.
Your response to any additional information must be received with ALL requested documentation within 48 hours of our inquiry, and vet treatment within 72 hours of grant approval or your award may be closed out or revoked.
IMPORTANT!! Before applying, thoroughly review the following parameters to make sure you are eligible. We follow the same income parameters as the federal WIC program. You can check it here:
Emergency-level Vet Care
The following are parameters for us to consider ER funding:
- Your "companion" dog or cat must meet emergency-level criteria or be faced with a pain-related loss of quality of life issue (see definition of companion pet in the left column). We do not fund for routine exams, vaccinations, preventative products or for illnesses that result from lack of preventative care (ex: flea issues, heartworms or parvo).
- You must have a history of veterinary care with a vet that we can call to verify ownership and vaccinations for the pet for whom you are seeking assistance.
- If your pet is not spayed/neutered and we approve any amount of financial assistance that requires anesthesia, we require your pet be altered at the time of treatment at your expense.
The Sergei Foundation does not fund for:
- Existing veterinary bills. We cannot back pay for any procedure already performed or for outstanding vet bills. Our mission is to get the animal out of harm's way. Once treatment has been performed and the animal is back in your care, that is something you need to work out directly with your veterinarian.
- On-going/chronic issues or medicine that requires continual treatments (ex: medicine/insulin, cancer, diabetes). You may check our resources page for other organizations that fund those types of illnesses.
- Parvo. An exception would be if there is proof of proper vaccination series from a licensed veterinarian whom we may contact (not self-administered).
General Vet Care
We have added a General Veterinary Medical Care program for assistance up to $100. Your pet does not have to meet life-threatening criteria, but still must have a medical need (sickness or injury). We cannot cover vaccinations, preventative care, grooming, boarding, or spay/neuter.
You also still need to fall within our income parameters and have a previous vet visit we can verify to confirm your pet ownership. Please go to the button "Go To Application Page" to complete the on-line form. Funds are typically awarded once per owner (not per pet).