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Animal Care PA serves as the charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association but functions as an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Animal Care PA is to help caring people help animals by bridging the gap through our animal welfare initiatives like The Last Chance Program and Henry's Helping Paws Program as well as funding Veterinary Student Scholarships.


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Our work is focused in three areas:

The Last Chance (TLC) Program

The TLC program helps to provide financial grants to pay for veterinary care through our partnering hospitals for animals in need of care, often life-saving, to animals in need when limited or no financial means exist to pay for care. Your practice can apply to be a TLC Participating Practice and be eligible to receive funds. 


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Henry’s Helping Paws Program

This program provides pet food to senior citizens to feed their pets, allowing them to stay together with their beloved companions. The pilot program is limited to Chester County, PA, however we have plans to expand to other counties. 


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Veterinary Scholarships Program

This program provides scholarships to Pennsylvania veterinary and veterinary technology students enrolled at AVMA accredited veterinary schools and veterinary technology programs who are struggling with significant student debt.


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Bark in the Park 5K & 1-Mile Dog Walk

Our largest fundraiser of the year is the Bark in the Park 5K & 1-Mile Dog Walk. This is a fun and great way to raise money for companion animals in need. Register alone or with a team, gather pledges until race day, and then get out there and run or walk. The day includes a raffle as well as a Halloween Costume Contest for pets and their people with prizes in several categories. Runners also receive trophies in various categories.


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The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation, d/b/a Animal Care PA, was established in 1983, and serves as the charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association but functions as an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of Animal Care PA is to help caring people help animals by bridging the gap through our animal welfare initiatives like The Last Chance Program and Henry's Helping Paws Program as well as funding Veterinary Student Scholarships.