Family Veterinarian FAQ

Q: What is the Chester Foundation?Bd-Dr. Young500X400

A: Since 2010, the Chester Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, has provided care in support of medical emergencies for pets in need.  The support has come through grants and discounted services by participating veterinary hospitals.  Our program has been on a limited basis but wonderfully successful, all due to the tremendous support of our donors!

Q: How can we work together?

A: We are now expanding our services to the veterinary community by working jointly with additional hospitals, making available financial support for clients.  Our objective is to provide matching funds in support of existing “Angel Funds” and/or discounted medical services to financially challenged families.

Q: What are the guidelines for participation?

A: The Foundation has specific guidelines for supporting requests, but we remain flexible to respond on a case-by-case basis and of course as funds are available.  Basic criteria for support are as follows:

  • Patient must have been examined by veterinarian
  • Treatment Plan (estimate) for services provided
  • We are typically looking for clients to cover at least 50% of the cost
  • The care needs to be immediate/emergency and for acute medical conditions
  • Prognosis needs to be favorable for recovery
  • Participating hospital supporting cost by either paying for 25% of care (using internal “Angel Funds) or discounting services by 25%

Q: Is there a cost to participate?

A: There is no fee.  Chester Foundation is run by volunteers and overhead is limited to minimal communications and fundraising costs.  In return for assistance, and to make sure we can continue to offer this program, we  request supporting our foundation by sharing testimonials, stories and acknowledgment through Social Media (including website, Facebook posting…).  Additionally, we would like  you to make our brochure available in your waiting room, and ask that your forward our (quarterly?) eNews to your clients.

Q: How do we sign up to participate?

A: We welcome the opportunity to discuss our foundation further and look forward to setting a meeting with doctors and staff to detail our programs.  Please contact Dr. Jim Young, Executive Director, The Chester Foundation, to coordinate a convenient meeting time.

Following is more specific criteria for receiving support from Chester Foundation:Ava 3

  1. Pet suffers from an illness or injury with reasonable expectation of re­covery and good long-term manage­ment.
  2. Assessment is based on evaluation and experience of the attending doctor.

Examples of typical scenarios are:

  • Blocked cats (first episode; or subsequent episodes which may support performing perineal urethrostomy)
  • Pets suffering wounds, lacera­tions, and burns
  • Pets suffering hemorrhagic gastroenteritis
  • Patients requiring emergency surgeries: foreign body, non-­elective cesarean section, non-complicated gastric dilatation with volvulus
  • Pets suffering toxicities with good prognosis, such as permethrin and anticoagulant rodenticideRaisin helped by the Chester Foundation
  • Patients requiring other correc­tive surgeries with good prog­nosis, such as most types of limb fractures
  • Pets hit by a car and requiring subsequent treatment consid­ered on a case-by-case basis
  • Pets requiring treatment under other medical circumstances considered on a case-by-case basis and again is depended upon the attending veterinarian’s assessment

Note: Surrendered or stray animals that meet the above criteria are eligible for initial stabilization, provided a group or individual is identified to sponsor the animal for future adop­tion or placement in a reasonable time. More definitive care is subject to committee approval.DSC_2933T

Routine elective procedures are not eligible.

Costs toward palliative measures or cases with poor prognosis, such as end-of-life care, chemotherapy, tumor debulking, and abdomino­centesis for hemoabdomen due to hemangiosarcoma, are not rou­tinely eligible except under special circumstances.

Financial Need

  • All pet owners are required to apply for Care Credit and/or explore all other payment options (personal credit card, family members… prior to being considered for funds through The Chester Foundation.
  • Grants are dependent upon funds being available in the foundation to cover costs of services.
  • Grants are offer when demonstrated support of the owner – typically requesting covering at least 50% of costs.
  • Participating hospital offering supporting funds or discounting services by at least 25%

Criteria that overrides financial need:

  • Owner is ill, disabled, or recovering from major medical care
  • Owner’s immediate family member is ill, disabled, or recovering from major medical care
  • Other family situation presents tem­porary hardship, such as loss of home, death in family, natural disas­ter, or abusive situation, considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Special consideration for service or therapy animals
  • Special significance of human-animal bond may override financial and ill­ness or injury criteria, considered on a case-by-case basis. For example, a pet with a prognosis that remains un­known, but the patient is the special pet of a disabled child.
  • Owner should have a strong bond with the animal and the ability to act as a responsible owner.


By accepting award, owner consents to release photo of the patient, the pet’s first name, and a description of the pet’s care to the compassionate care fund for educational and fundraising purposes.