The Barkus COVID Care Fund (BCCF)


The Mystic Krewe of Barkus knows that the current COVID pandemic is affecting countless people and their families, and this includes pets too. We want to reduce the negative effects of this situation on the animals who depend upon and need us for their care. This why we created the Barkus COVID Care Fund (BCCF) to help with veterinarian costs for companion animals. Our funds are limited, so we have set forth parameters and guidelines for the kind of care we will cover. We will focus on pet care that cannot wait until we get beyond our current stay-at-home order, but are not emergencies. Every effort will be made to process applications quickly, but we cannot possibly review applications for an animal needing urgent emergency care. While we cannot celebrate together right now as we want, we want you to take care of yourselves and your pets so we can see you again soon.

If you know someone who might need our help, let them know we are here. We hope others will consider donating to the Barkus COVID Care Fund so we might reach as many pets as possible. Help us share the love for the amazing creatures who make our lives and krewe so special.

(donations are tax deductible) 

The BCCF will consider funding application for serious veterinary care needed beyond routine procedures, including treatment, surgery, and medications. We will also review most requests for pets with serious chronic health problems. Depending on the level of funding available and the urgency of the needed treatment, the BCCF will determine the amount of funding awarded for the needed veterinarian care. 

The application is on-line only and communication will be by email at info@barkus.org. If approved, this funding will paid directly to the treating veterinarian, not to the individual. The amount funded will be determined on case-by-case basis.  

The BCCF will use the following criteria to determine whether funding an animals care based on:

 

  • The financial need of the animal owner who recently become jobless due to the COVID pandemic. These people will be given priority. Others will be considered on a case-to-case basis. Proof of income (Unemployment Insurance, SSI Benefits or earned income) and or loss of job/unemployment should be submitted with the application.

 

  • The opinion of the treating veterinarian as to the medical necessity, urgency, and prognosis for the treatment needed.

 

  • The demonstrated capability of the animal owner to take responsibility for his/her animal. Your treating veterinarian will be asked about your level of responsibility in caring for your companion animals. You must be able to provide basic care for your animals. This includes not only food and permanent shelter, but also basic vet care when needed. 

 

The BCCF will not consider funding for: 

  • IF YOU ARE HAVING AN EMERGENCY, STOP HERE and seek care for your pet immediately through your veterinarian or an emergency care hospital. 

  • Basic care, including but not limited to spay and neuter surgeries, food or basic pet supplies, deworming, grooming, flea treatments, vaccinations, or routine veterinary care. Pet owners are personally responsible for these basic expenses. 

  • Any bills already paid or procedures already in progress. The BCCF cannot reimburse anyone for veterinary expenses already paid. Even if you have not yet paid your bill, if the procedure has been performed or is in progress we cannot cover the bill. Even if the procedure/treatment is performed after the application has already been sent to us, if the application has not yet been approved for funding, we will not be able to fund the procedure.

 

  • Newly acquired pets, which were purchased or adopted with a known pre-existing condition.

 

  • Any animals owned by breeders.

 

  • Large animal medical care. We are focused on dogs and cats with exceptions to this being made on an individual basis.

 

  • The cost of vet visits for animals who have not yet been seen by a veterinarian. Applicants must already have taken their animals to a veterinarian for diagnosis and must have a written estimate for the needed procedures.

 

Prior to starting your application, please collect the following: 

 

  • Proof of income or loss of job/unemployment. This can be a copy of a check stub, unemployment benefits, etc.

 

  • Copy of a written cost estimate for the needed procedures, Laboratory testing or diagnostics, and/or treatment from your veterinarian along with a copy of the medical records from your veterinarian specifically pertaining to this case or procedure recommended. 

  • Name, address, and phone number for your treating veterinarian. This will be included on your online application form. If you do not have this information available, wait to fill out your online application until you have obtained this information 

To bring the application process, applicants are REQUIRED to first email the BCCF at info@barkus.org and put BCCF Application A in the subject line. In the body of the email, please include a description of your situation and your animal’s medical needs. Include your email, including a phone number where you can be reached, as well as contact information for your veterinarian so that we can determine your eligibility. 

If eligible, the second step is to complete the full application, which will be sent back to info@barkus.org via email with BCCF Application B in the subject line. A decision on the application will be given as promptly as possible.

 

Important Details for Applicants: 

  • Prognosis- If treatment is likely to cause an animal suffering with little hope of a good long-term prognosis, we will not cover the procedure. The animal's prognosis must include a survival rate of 50% or better for survival beyond 6 months (as determined by the treating veterinarian) for the applicant to be eligible to apply. We are not able to cover euthanasia costs in any circumstance. Please note that the staff of Barkus Cares Fund will not be able to advise you EVER in any way regarding the medical treatment, diagnosis, or prognosis of your animal(s). If you have medical questions about your animal's condition, you will need to consult with your treating veterinarian. 

  • Relief Grants- For ongoing companion animal health issues, such as diabetes or thyroid disease, where lifetime treatment is necessary to keep the animal alive and healthy, applicants must be able to provide the care on an ongoing basis to qualify for the grant. For example, if an applicant cannot afford to maintain the needed prescribed treatment, the BCCF will not be able to consider the application. Applicants are eligible to apply for a relief grant (one time only grant) for ongoing medical needs, but the treating veterinarian will have to verify that the applicant will be able to take responsibility for funding the lifetime care needed. 

  • Approval or Denial of Grants- When we receive your complete application, we will contact you regarding approval or denial of funding. If funding were denied, the most likely reason would be lack of funding. The BCCF does not have an appeal process for denied applicants. 

  • Results- While the application process is in part based on the subjective judgment of veterinarians and our staff, we feel these basic guidelines are clear, unbiased and necessary, and we will make the most ethical decisions possible with the information we have in each circumstance. 

  • Expectations- The BCCF is staffed by medical and non-medical volunteers who generously give their time. We know that these are stressful and scary times, but we ask applicants to treat volunteer staff in a professional manner. Abusive, rude, or disrespectful applicants will become ineligible for funding now and in the future.

 

Information for Treating Veterinarians:

 

  • Veterinarian Phone Consult- The participating veterinarian will be required to consult with the BCCF staff regarding the subject animal’s diagnosis, prognosis, and recommended treatment.  

  

Part 2 of the Application Process:

 

If you have been determined eligible based on your first email to the BCCF, now complete the online portion of the application.

 

  1. Email the completed application forms to info@barkus.org.

  2. Sign the agreement and waiver.

 

The person seeking funds in order to receive funds from the BCCF must sign this agreement and waiver. All recipients of funding and all applicants to the BCCF agree that the BCCF is in no way responsible for the outcome of any medical procedure funded in whole or in part by the BCCF, nor is the BCCF responsible for the outcome of funding being denied in whole or in part to the applicant(s).

 

Applicants to the BCCF agree that BCCF will not be liable for any damages or losses because of being denied funding or because of the outcome of any diagnosis or treatment funded in whole or in part by the BCCF.  

 

The BCCF Board of Directors and its employees do not make any representations or warranties, expressed or implied, regarding applications for funding or awarding of funding, and are released and not liable for any costs, damages, and expenses, including attorney fees arising from any claims, damages, or liabilities asserted by third parties arising from application for or receipt of funds from the BCCF.

Funding resources are limited, and the BCCF will make every effort to use available funds in the most responsible way. The BCCF does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion or race. The BCCF reserves the right to deny funding to anyone for any reason.

 

This is the entire contract, and no applicant for funding can modify it. This contract is not assignable. Applicants for funding to the BCCF waive all laws in conflict with the above agreement.

 

To proceed with your online application, please click HERE

 

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