The Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Fund (“JLACF”) managed by Frankie’s Friends provides financial assistance grants to family-owned pets in need of lifesaving veterinary oncology care whose caregivers cannot afford the full cost of treatment.
This program is designed to help with the treatment of cancer where the pet would otherwise suffer, be euthanized, or relinquished without proper veterinary care. Please note that one of the requirements of this program requires that your pet is under the care of a veterinary oncologist.
If your pet is in need of immediate care, where any delay will put the animal at risk, it is your responsibility and duty to seek care for the pet immediately. There is no guarantee that the fund will provide financial assistance so please do not delay care for your pet while waiting for a response on your application.
Grants are not guaranteed. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, the program is unable to help everyone who applies. Before applying, you must have a clear diagnosis, specific treatment plan in place, and an estimate of the cost of care from a veterinary oncologist who deems your pet is treatable.
If you require additional assistance in excess of what is provided by the JLACF, you may be eligible for help through one of our partnering veterinary hospitals. The criteria for assistance remains the same as the JLACF, however, you can reach out to the nearest BluePearl Veterinary Hospital to see if you your pet and family's situation could qualify for additional assistance through our Hope Fund program instead.
The pet parent is responsible for the cost of the initial exam/assessment by a licensed veterinary oncologist, as well as any diagnostics to determine the pet’s prognosis and course of treatment. These associated upfront costs would not be covered by any potential JLACF funding. In addition, the JLACF does not cover the cost of restaging and/or emergency treatment when due to cancer.
The pet must have a “good prognosis” as determined by a veterinary oncologist to be eligible for assistance.
The JLACF will ask each treating veterinary hospital to provide a 25% discount of services in addition to the funding from the JLACF.
The animal must be a family-owned pet, as the JLACF does not provide assistance for strays, rescue organizations, or fosters.
If your pet is being treated at a BluePearl Pet Hospital, please inquire directly with their management team about the criteria for the Hope Fund program instead of applying for Frankie's Friends assistance online.
If your pet is being treated at a Banfield Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, Veterinary Emergency Group location, or Planned Pethood in Wheatridge, CO, please inquire with their staff for assistance instead as they have their own financial assistance programs for clients in need.
If your animal requires either basic veterinary care, or care that does not fit our criteria for assistance, you can find Additional Funding Sources here.
To proceed to apply for assistance with veterinary care, please agree to the terms of the application by inserting your name below.