Latest News from SFAfA — Summer 2022

There have been lots of changes on the veterinary front in the last couple of years. For those of you who are new to the Bay Area, San Francisco Aid for Animals is a program started by four SFVMA member veterinarians in 2013 to help clients facing financial hardship get urgently needed veterinary care for their pets. Since then, we have grown our board to eleven members. SFAfA partners with our member hospitals to provide that care through our financial assistance and hospital discounts. To date we have provided over one million dollars in veterinary care to over 600 beloved pets. This past year cases included a fractured pelvis, a mass removal, an enucleation, a Naproxen toxicity, and dental work to name a few.

Enrollment time is here!

Our new fiscal year starts July 1, 2022. We have emailed invitations to all of our member hospitals. If you have received your invitation, please sign the form and get it back to us so that you can continue to have access to grant funds next year. If your hospital is not a member and you are interested in partnering with us, we would be happy to speak to you about the program and about enrollment.

Reminder for those of you who have not utilized all of your grants funds this year:

Our fiscal year closes on June 15th. If you identify a case that needs our help, please make sure to use the funds and submit the grant request to us by June 15th. If you have an active case where you won’t have completed treatment by our deadline please call us. We can work on an extension to keep the funds available to you. Remember, if you don’t use your funds by June 15 those funds revert back to the pool to be awarded the next fiscal year.

Suggestions, comments, helping us out

If you have suggestions or comments about how we can improve the program, we would love to hear from you. We are always trying to tailor the program to make it as seamless as possible for us to provide the needed funds while you to provide needed care.

If you are interested in helping out with our fundraisers, volunteering behind the scenes or even possibly serving on our advisory board, we would love to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime.

You can contact us:
— Anne Marie Benfatto, DVM — Hanna Lee