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ARF Emergency Medical Fund®
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ARF believes caregivers should never be forced to choose between self care and pet care. The ARF Emergency Medical Fund® (EMF) provides residents of Contra Costa County, California with affordable, high-quality, non-emergency veterinary care for their pets at ARF’s clinic during times of serious financial crisis. Since 1995, the ARF Emergency Medical Fund® has been a lifeline for thousands of dogs and cats. 

Stella, a sweet young cat, swallowed an object that became lodged in her intestine, causing an uncomfortable and dangerous obstruction. Her doting guardian lived on an extremely limited, fixed income and was devestated that he was unable to scrape together funds for the costly surgery necessary to remove it. Acting quickly through EMF, a skilled ARF veterinarian performed the surgery necessary to save Stella's life, and returned her home to her grateful guardian. 

History

Inspired by calls they recieved from the community, ARF volunteers Elvira Clark, Bev Greenbaum, Enid Schlichtman, and Dolores McCoskey - the "EMF Ladies" - began selling crafts at the ARF Thrift Store to raise dollars to help caregivers who couldn't afford veterinary care. The Emergency Medical Fund® was formed in 1995, and is still funded by proceeds generated by the ARF Thrift Store and generous public donations.

Qualifying for EMF

Individuals who qualify for ARF’s EMF financial assistance should contact ARF at (925) 256-1273 or info@arf.net.

  • Guardian and pet must reside in Contra Costa County, California
  • Household income at or below the U.S. Department of Housing and Development’s (HUD) definition of very low income limits
  • Pet must be spayed and/or neutered
  • Proof the applicant is the regular caretaker of the animal
  • Care needed is non-emergency but life-saving (non-cosmetic, routine, exploratory, or elective)

Please be aware that although a household may quality for EMF services, ARF cannot perform all medical services. After an application and qualifying materials are submitted, you will hear from a representative within three business days.  The term “emergency” in EMF refers to the financial crisis of an owner unable to access affordable veterinary care. 

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