While the purpose of The Tank Fund is to provide financial assistance to Knox County pet owners who are unable to pay for emergency and/or life-saving veterinary care for their companion animals, we know that it will be impossible to help everyone in need. Certain criteria will have to be met before an applicant’s request for financial assistance will be considered and the most critical cases will be given priority.

If you are in need of assistance, you must meet the criteria listed below before your application will be considered.

  • You have to be a Knox County resident.
  • You must demonstrate that a financial hardship exists that prevents you from affording the treatment. The treatment alone cannot be the source of the hardship. You must be willing to provide proof of hardship if requested.
  • You must first apply for Care Credit and show proof that your request for credit was declined. You can apply online at CareCredit.com
  • The pet in need of treatment must be spayed/neutered. If not, you must sign a statement stating that, if financial assistance is provided, you will have the pet spayed/neutered within a specific time-frame proceeding the treatment. The organization may or may not cover this cost.

If you meet all the requirements listed above, please complete the following form and be sure to include a detailed
summary of your pet’s illness and need for financial assistance.

Financial Assistance Eligibility Inquiry Form

Please fill out the following information with a detailed description of your pet's medical needs. You will be contacted within 24 hours.

If your financial need and pet's illness/treatment meet the organization's qualifications, you will be emailed an application and further instructions. If you do not have access to email or if your pet requires emergency treatment, please call 740-358-1446 and leave a message. We will review your financial request as expediently as possible, however this process can take several days and requires a Board vote before financial assistance can be granted.

If you do not meet all the eligibility requirements listed above, please do not submit this inquiry form. Instead, review the links found on the "Additional Resources" page.

Type of companion animal:
Pet's name and gender:
Has your pet been evaluated?:
Name of vet:
Date of last vet visit:
Is your pet spayed or neutered?:
Recommended treatment:
Cost of recommended treatment:
What amount, if any, are you able to contribute?:
Does The Tank Fund have permission to contact your vet?:
List all additional pets in household:
Have you applied for Care Credit?:
Care Credit approved or declined?:
Please describe financial hardship:
Additional information:
Security Code: *  

What is Cancer?

Cancer, regardless of species,  is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Cancer cells develop because of damage to DNA. Dogs can inherit damaged DNA, which accounts for some hereditary cancers. More often, though, a dog's DNA becomes damaged by exposure to something in the environment, such as tobacco smoke, pesticides or other carcinogens.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 2 years, and risk increases with age. Some breeds are also more susceptible to certain cancers. Feeding your dog a healthy diet, providing regular exercise and avoiding known carcinogens will help reduce the cancer risk.

Spaying or neutering your dog may also reduce the risk for developing certain cancers.

If cancer is diagnosed, your veterinarian will discuss the best treatment options for your dog. Treatment success depends on the type and extent of the cancer, as well as the aggressiveness of therapy.

Many cancers can be cured, and all patients can be helped to some degree with a proactive plan to provide supportive therapy and pain management.

Click HERE for more information.

The mission of The Tank Fund is to provide financial assistance for emergency and/or life-saving veterinary care to Knox County, Ohio pet owners and non-profit animal-welfare organizations and to assist in the training of canines for the purposes of compassion therapy and assistance dog certification.

No animal should have to suffer or be euthanized simply because their owner is unable to pay for necessary treatment.

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