In an emergency - a veterinary clinic can contact PAWS directly at for quick review and confirmation of funding for emergency care.

Application Criteria

If you’re struggling with low income, are unhoused or displaced or fleeing violence, you can apply for a vet care subsidy for your cat or dog. Read full details before applying. Currently only available in Southwest Ontario, Canada. If you don’t meet the qualifications, Read these tips to find help.

Areas we currently serve

We currently are able to serve 4 specific counties:

Middlesex, Brant, Hamilton, Waterloo

Application Criteria

Individuals must meet at least one of the following criteria to apply for vet care subsidy:

Size of Family UnitLICO – 12 MonthsLICO – 6 Months
one person$28,217 $14,109
two persons$35,128 $17,564
three persons$43,187 $21,593
four persons$52,434 $26,217
five persons$59,470 $29,735
six persons$67,073 $33,536
seven persons$74,675 $37,337
If more than seven persons, for each additional person, add$7,602 $3,801


  • If your circumstances are not covered in our list, but you wish to make a case for an exception to help keep a companion animal safe and with its family, email us at
  • Whilst PAWS is open to applications for all types of companion animals, the relative expense of veterinary care for exotic pets will mean that our per animal allowances fall far short. 
  • We cannot guarantee a subsidy for any animal. The minimum you must pay is $25 and our allowances seldom cover all other costs.
  • Do your own research to find the right veterinarian clinic for your companion animal.  Good tips here!
  • Not Covered:
    • Medically unnecessary procedures not for the benefit of the animal, eg declaw, tail dock, etc. 
    • Procedures that are not veterinarian-recommended for the animal’s quality of life.
    • Applications from breeders or anyone convicted of animal cruelty.
  • Up to $150 for a cat’s preventive care (spay/neuter, vaccines)
  • Up to $350 for a dog’s preventive care (spay/neuter, vaccines)
  • Up to $400 per animal for diagnostics, essential and urgent medical care


How to Apply

A pet owner may apply for a maximum of two animals. Each animal requires a separate form. Sorry for the extra work 🙁 


Download a fillable PAWS Service Application Form.  
Once you have completed the fillable PDF form, save the form and email it along with proof of income (dated within the last year) to

  • 1 form per pet and a maximum of 2 pets.