Categories of Care

Categories of Care for Pet Health Care Grants

  • Urgent Care: Evaluation and care for short-term acute injury or illness such as traumatic wounds, acute illness not immediately life threatening but needs care
  • Emergency Care:  Evaluation and care for short-term, life-threatening acute injury or illness
  • Diagnostics Care: Initial evaluation only of a chronic or potentially chronic illness or injury often done by or with guidance from a veterinary specialist where client will assume financial responsibility for ongoing care.

Categories Not Eligible for Pet Care Grants

  •        Preventive and Routine care:  Vaccination, spay or neuter, routine dental cleaning, and exams.
  • Chronic Illness: Ongoing care of previously diagnosed illness such as, but not limited to, Diabetes, Cancer, Auto Immune Diseases.



****In the event that your dog/cat has Parvo or another vaccine-preventable illness, you MUST present proof of vaccinations by a licensed veterinarian in order to be considered for a grant.****

****If you believe that your pet's life is in immediate danger, you should apply here, but seek immediate assistance from a licensed Veterinarian. We will consider assisting in cases where treatment has already occurred IF the pet's life was at risk, provided you complete this questionnaire within 14 days of the onset of the injury/illness. Proof of the date of treatment WILL be required from your Veterinarian.****

****We do not assist with care of stray animals. We love all animals; however we do not have the funds to assist with every animal. Caring for stray animals would take away from our intended purpose. You must prove you have owned your pet for at least 3 months.****

***If you are approved, funds will be paid directly to your veterinarian. At no point will Hobo's Healing Heart give any funds to the pet owner.****


1. You and your pet must live in one of the following counties: Butte, Custer, Lawrence, Meade or Pennington Counties in South Dakota, or Crook County in Wyoming.

2. You and your family must be able to pay for a minimum of 25% of the expenses necessary for your pet’s care. At no time does the Hobo’s Healing Heart cover all costs for evaluation and care. ** The maximum amount of assistance Hobo’s Healing Heart can provide IF approved and funds are available is $900.

3. You must be able to prove financial need and inability to qualify for retail/commercial support such as but not limited to Care Credit, personal loan, etc.

4. You cannot delay the appropriate and necessary care of your pet while waiting for processing of your application for a pet health care grant.  You must be able to pay for care to stabilize your pet while the grant application is processed.

5. You must grant permission to Hobo’s Healing Heart to use pictures of your pet and a summary of your pet’s care and support for the purposes of promotion and fundraising.

6. You must take your pet in for an initial office visit prior to filling out the application: In order for Hobo's Healing Heart to determine your eligibility, we will need to know the details of a suggested treatment plan or suggested diagnostic tests along with a high and low estimate of costs. The only way for this to be determined and the Vet to provide us with their thoughts is for you to take your pet in to be seen. Office visit fees and routine care associated with the initial visit are the pet owner's responsibility.

7. You must provide proof the animal needing assistance is up to date on ALL required vaccines (if your pet isn't and you have made arrangements to have your pet vaccinated - if you are awarded a grant, your grant will not be paid until you can provide proof of vaccination. Proof must be given within 1 (ONE) week of pre-approval if you fail to vaccinate your pet within that time frame, your case will be denied),

8. You must provide proof of residency if asked. (Valid, meaning NOT expired or temporary) Driver’s License or State Identification Card with current address, a copy of your lease agreement or mortgage statement ALONG WITH two utility bills listed in your name at the address in which you reside. You must reside in Butte, Custer, Lawrence or Meade County in South Dakota or Crook County in Wyoming. (We hope to expand in the future, however currently funding limits our reach.)

9. You must provide proof you are 18 years or older (Valid, meaning NOT expired or temporary, Driver’s License or State Identification Card with current address)

10. You must provide proof of Income if requested (IRS Tax Return Form 1040s and two of your most recent Paycheck Stubs for ALL working adults (age 18+) in the household where the pet resides OR a Social Security Statement for the pet-owner and all adults receiving Social Security residing at the same residence,

11. You must provide proof of the hardship you claim if your income exceeds 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. (Lease agreement/Mortgage statement, most recent utility bills, most recent student loan statement – Student loans MUST be in repayment to be considered, most recent medical bills, etc.),

12. You must provide proof that you have owned the animal need for at least 3 months, and it has seen a vet for a wellness visit prior to the date of the application or date of initial visit for the treatment or diagnostic testing assistance you are seeking. (Adoption/Purchase Papers, Vet Records and/or Rabies Certificates for two consecutive "terms"),

13. You must submit at least one photo of your pet with you or another immediate member of your family,

14. You must provide a brief history about how your pet came to live with you and how you came to need the assistance of Hobo’s Healing Heart,

15. You understand we only assist with emergency care and/or diagnostic care costs for cats and dogs due to restrictions in grants we receive. 

16. Your application must be received within 14 (FOURTEEN) days of the onset of the injury or illness. 

Understand Hobo’s Healing Heart provides temporary assistance, and you need approval for each additional service your pet receives. You will be required to pay a minimum of 25% of the total cost of your pet's care, you will be required to reapply after 6 months from the date of first approval or if the condition is something other than what you first applied for. The maximum annual benefit per household and/pet if the pet has been re-homed is $900.00.

We are a non-profit serving only residents in Butte, Custer, Lawrence, Meade, and Pennington Counties in South Dakota and Crook County in Wyoming at this time. Requests from outside these areas will be automatically denied. Our finances change daily. We are a volunteer program that is not fully funded. While grants we provide occur within the counties listed, we do accept donations daily from other parts of the country. We intend to expand our reach to help other pets and families in need as our funds grow.

Due to limited funding and our Responsible Pet Owner Standards, we require pet owners pay a minimum of 25% of the cost of care. See Additional Assistance Programs under the Other Resources tab for fundraising ideas. If your request does not meet our Standard Guidelines, you will receive an immediate and automated denial email. Our guidelines are based on four sets of criteria - our Responsible Pet Owner Standards, the pet's crisis, the pet’s prognosis during and after treatment, and your household financials. You will need to answer every question honestly and completely. Please do not elaborate within the fields for specific questions. Use the Description area to provide any additional information you wish.

Click here to Apply for Emergency Veterinary Care / Diagnostic Testing Assistance

Click here to Apply for Cremation Services Assistance