Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for funding?

In order to be considered for approval, all applicants must live in the states of Virginia, DC, or Maryland, and the pet in need must have a confirmed diagnosis of cancer* prior to FETCH a Cure’s receipt of the application.

*Certain exceptions may be considered for a feline diagnosis.

How do I apply?

There are two parts to the application process: your personal application and a medical application from your veterinarian. You can download the application here.

What is the turnaround time for an application?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The average turnaround time is one week from receipt of both the personal application and medical application. Turnaround time will be no more than two weeks.

Who decides whether my pet gets approved?

Cases are reviewed and decided on by our Companions in Crisis Board. The Board is comprised of Virginia and Maryland-based practitioners who specialize in veterinary cancer treatment.

How much of my pet’s treatment will be funded?

FETCH will award between 20-40% of the treatment cost. Award percentage is determined based upon sliding scale income brackets.

What happens to my financial information after I submit it to you?

Your financial records are kept private, only to be seen by the Companions in Crisis Program Manager and the Executive Director of FETCH a Cure. Once a decision is made on your application, all records of your financial information are destroyed.

FETCH a Cure is happy to provide written confirmation that your financial records have been destroyed, if you prefer. Please email to request this.

Can I reapply for CIC funding? How does that work?

Yes! If you wish to “renew” the application, the process will be just as if you were applying for the first time. Applicants may reapply 4 months after the initial award.

What is the volunteer commitment?

FETCH a Cure is largely fueled by our volunteers. In order to continue funding our Companions in Crisis program, volunteer participation is vital. By accepting the Companions in Crisis award, you agree to volunteer 5 hours per month for FETCH a Cure for one year.  The year will begin on the date financial assistance is awarded to the treating veterinarian or specialist. Email to inquire about volunteer opportunities.