Fund Application

Thank you for your interest in providing medical care for your pet. Hands-4-Paws wants to help pets in Douglas County by 1) helping keep pets healthy and 2) educating owners about caring for their pets.


We have set up a Pay it Paw-ward Fund to help cover part of the cost of a dog or cat’s care for people who qualify.


Please read and follow the directions thoroughly; there are no shortcuts. We are looking to help those who are truly in need.

Pay it Paw-ward Fund

In order to receive assistance, you must:

  1. Complete the application process.
  2. Provide proof of financial need, such as a statement of income and expenses, documentation of public assistance, etc.
  3. Research other possible funding sources such as friends and family and CareCredit.
  4. Ask the veterinary clinic if they have a payment plan.
  5. Sign an agreement specifying expenses to be covered by the Hands-4-Paws and your responsibilities. Hands-4-Paws will agree to pay a portion of your pet’s treatment.


You must submit:

  1. This completed application and all information requested.
  2. Proof of financial need, such as proof of income and expenses, public assistance, etc.
  3. A copy of a treatment estimate from your veterinary office.
  4. A copy of denial letter from CareCredit ( or call 800-677-0718), if your veterinarian takes CareCredit.



Submitting the Application:

- Download the form from our website

- Call 217-508-5310 and request a form

- Email to request a form and email it back

- Mail a self addressed stamped envelope to: Hands-4-Paws, P.O. Box 204, Tuscola, IL   



Application Review and Fund Distribution:

- The Hands-4-Paws board will review complete applications and respond within seven days from the day we receive your application.


Please email with questions. Visit your local library if you don’t have a computer.

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