How do I join SFAfA?
Any practicing San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association veterinarian whose dues are current is eligible to partner with SFAfA. Our fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th. In April, invitation letters are sent out to all SFVMA members, inviting them to join with SF Aid for Animals. The enrollment form needs to be filled out and returned to us by May 31st.
Are there any fees to join SFAfA?
As long as your SFVMA dues are current, there are no fees to partner with SFAfA.
How do I know if I have been enrolled?
An enrollment package is sent out at the end of June. It includes all the materials and information that you will need to work within our program during the next fiscal year.
How much am I eligible to receive in Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funds?
Your GIA funds are based on the donations that we receive in the previous fiscal year. We divide that amount among all of our participating veterinarians. Your enrollment packet will contain a letter informing you of the GIA amount that has been made available to you during the upcoming fiscal year.
How does the GIA program work?
When you are working on a case where the client is in need of financial assistance, evaluate if the case fits our treatment guidelines. The pet must have an urgent need for veterinary care, have a good prognosis, and the client must have exhausted all other financial options. You may then offer your client a GIA, based on your allotment for that year. The amount you offer is up to you (with the maximum being your entire GIA amount for that year). You must match that GIA with an equivalent or greater donation of in-kind services or discounts on that client’s bill. Upon completion of treatment, fill out the paperwork and send it to SFAfA. We will send your hospital a check for the GIA amount that you awarded your client and a donation receipt for your in-kind donation.
What if I don’t use my allotment of GIA funds in the fiscal year?
Any unused funds will remain with SFAfA to be returned to the general GIA fund and redistributed in the next GIA cycle.
What is Grant Share?
If your patient needs to be referred for urgent or specialty care and you would like to apply your GIA funds to help with the cost of that care, in limited circumstances you may be able to transfer your GIA funds with your patient to a member specialty hospital. The specialty hospitals have generously agreed to match your GIA for that client.
What is the Ingrid Tauber Fund for Animals?
The Ingrid Tauber Fund for Animals (TFA) is designed to support cases where high anticipated costs prevent a hospital from subsidizing or donating treatment costs. This may be because the dollar for dollar match of donated veterinary services required by the GIA for a particular case is too much for a hospital to consider or simply because GIA funds have been exhausted. The TFA program is separate and independent from the GIA program.
How does the TFA program work?
When you are working on a larger case where anticipated costs are high and the client is in need of financial assistance, evaluate if the case fits our treatment guidelines. The pet must have an urgent need for veterinary care, have a good prognosis, and the client must have exhausted all other financial options. You may then offer your client TFA funding. The amount you offer is up to you but should not exceed $5,000 per case. You must provide a match in the form of a donation of in-kind services or discounts equivalent to 25% of the TFA funding provided and this must appear on the client’s bill. Upon completion of treatment, fill out the TFA form on our SFAfA website under the For Providers/Funding Request Forms page and send it to SFAfA. We will send your hospital a check for the TFA amount that you awarded your client and a donation receipt for your in-kind donation.
Is there a maximum of TFA funding that I can apply for?
Yes. TFA funding is capped at $5,000 per case. Additional funding may be considered on a case by case basis by the SFAfA board.
Can I apply for TFA funding more than once?
Yes. Unlike the GIA allocations, TFA funding is available on a ‘first come first serve’ basis to any veterinarian as many times as is needed until the TFA program funds for the year are exhausted. You cannot request TFA funding for the same case as other veterinarians at the same hospital.
Do I have to use my GIA allocation before I apply for TFA funding?
No. TFA funding is independent of the GIA program. This means that you can access TFA funding if you or your hospital still have unused GIA funds or even if you don’t participate in the GIA program.
What are the treatment criteria for TFA funding?
The same criteria apply for TFA funding as for GIA. In order to qualify for TFA funding, a case must be urgent with a good prognosis and pet guardians must have exhausted other resources, such as pet insurance or low-interest pet-care loans.
Do I have to check that there are TFA funds left before I commit to treatment?
Yes. You must pre-clear availability of TFA funding with SFAfA. Provided the relevant treatment criteria are met, SFAfA will leave determination of eligibility to your discretion but TFA funding for each year is finite. Because of this hospitals must check the For Providers/Funding Request Forms page and click on the link to confirm that TFA funds remain available before committing to treatment. SFAfA cannot guarantee that TFA funding will be available unless the treating hospital checks this first.
What if I have any questions?
You can email us via the “Contact Us” link on our website. If you are already enrolled in the GIA Program, please see the contact list provided to you to contact any member of the GIA Subcommittee.
How can I help?
If you are not a partner with SFAfA, join us next year. We are here to help you to assist more of your patients and families in need—tell your clients, staff, friends and associates about SFAfA. Encourage donations to SFAfA. Consider collecting donations for us through our Donation Dog House Program. Memorialize your patients by joining our In-Memoriam Program. Volunteer and help us out. Like us on Facebook. Together we can help more deserving families and their beloved pets.