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Programs

MCPAW’s Mission
& Programs

The mission of MCPAW is to end pet homelessness and suffering in our community with proven actions and compassionate services including providing veterinary care, pet food and other resources, and removing all barriers to adoption, including keeping shelter animals medically and emotionally healthy and matching them with well-prepared adopters to create forever homes

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MCPAW Pet Parent Assistance Grants

($700 maximum)

Based on available donated funds, MCPAW provides financial assistance grants for critical care aligned with its mission to end pet suffering and homelessness and to keep pets together with the humans who love them.

GRANT TERMS: Grant decisions will be made without regard to the grant applicant’s race, gender identification, religion, or national origin. Decisions will be made as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after receipt of the completed grant application and any supporting documents considered necessary by the grant committee to render a decision. Grant awards will not be made for routine and preventive veterinary care or vaccinations. Grant awards will be paid directly to the treating veterinarian. The maximum benefit per grant is $700 per 12-month period. Grant awards will be based on availability of funds. Tax reporting obligations are the sole responsibility of the grant beneficiary and/or his/her tax professional. Applications and additional instructions are available below.

The majority of Financial Hardship Veterinary Care Grants awarded by MCPAW for critically needed care in the following categories:

  • Special Needs Pets and Senior Pets adopted from an animal shelter in Montgomery County – with formal acknowledgement of the pet’s medical condition or age at time of adoption.
  • Critically needed medical procedures for any pets adopted from any shelter in Montgomery County or that are in an approved foster care program in the County.
  • Pets of Montgomery County Senior Citizens
  • Animals in Montgomery County
  • Pets of Active Duty and Military Veterans, Frontline Workers, and First Responders living in Montgomery County Other grants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The MCPAW Veterinary Care Grant Process:

  • Confirm that your veterinarian will accept full or partial payment for the medical treatment/procedure from MCPAW within 30 days of the procedure. Any costs not covered by the grant are your responsibility as the pet’s owner.
  • Have your veterinarian provide you with a written description of the medical condition & cost estimate on their letterhead.
  • Complete the MCPAW application form (available on this website page)
  • Scan and email Item #2 and Item #3 to info@mcpaw.org (email is the best and fastest way)
    or mail to:

    MCPAW Veterinary Grants – URGENT
    c/o MCASAC
    7315 Muncaster Mill Road
    Derwood, Maryland 20855
  • MCPAW will notify you that we have received your grant and if we have additional questions.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the MCPAW Board of Directors Grant Review Committee.
  • You will be notified of the committee’s decision and next steps.

PDF GRANT APPLICATION

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MCPAW’s Pet Food Pantry:

When a person or family deals with economic hardship, household pets can suffer. MCPAW is committed to ensuring no pet goes hungry in Montgomery County. With our Pet Food Pantry Program, we actively accept donations of pet food and make it available to pet parents in need.

How to Donate Pet Food for Others

Donors can leave unopened pet food donations in the bins outside the door of the Montgomery County Animal Services and Animal Center (MCASAC) during its hours of operation.

Free Pet Food Distribution Locations

MCPAW and MCASAC have been partnering for a weekly pet food distribution event on Saturdays from 8:30-10am ET at the Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church parking lot, 12701 Viers Mill Road, Rockville, MD. Any resident who needs pet food is welcome. Additionally, County residents may also pick up needed food at MCASAC (7315 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, Maryland). Check our NEWS & EVENTS page (and follow us on social media) for updates on other MCPAW Pet Food Panty dates. All we ask is that you only take what you truly need for one week so that there is plenty for others.

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Programs for Pets in Shelters

Pets in shelters deserve to be happy and healthy. And, when they are, they are more likely to be adopted. So, MCPAW funds in-shelter veterinary care, provides supplies of toys, and helps to ensure continued socialization. Also, MCPAW often funds post-adoption veterinary care when people knowingly adopt a pet with special needs. And, to help promote pet adoption, MCPAW will often sponsor shelter events – especially when adoption fees are waived. We also have plans to expand our work with shelters and a network of qualified foster care volunteers to find temporary homes for shelter animals desperately in need of special attention and love.

We believe that when people are well-prepared to select the best pet for them and know how to acclimate that pet to its new home and lifestyle, the pet will remain in that home. So, we are increasing our focus on educating the masses on these matters with simple and proven techniques communicated via short videos, on our website, and more.

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Veterinary Care

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Fostering Information (Coming Soon!)

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Promoting Pet
Adoption

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Enrichment Items &
Socialization

Matching pets with prepared adopters

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Acclimating a New Pet to Your
Home & Lifestyle

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Our mission is to end pet homelessness and suffering in our community with proven actions and compassionate services including providing veterinary care, pet food, and other resources, and removing all barriers to adoption including keeping shelter animals medically and emotionally healthy and matching them with well-prepared adopters to create forever homes.

Contact Us

  • MCPAW
    c/o MCASAC
    7315 Muncaster Mill Road
    Derwood, MD 20855