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Grant Programs

How We Work

Grants-in-Aid (GIA) 

SFAfA joins forces with Veterinary hospitals and provides grants for companion animals whose owners cannot afford urgent, and often life saving veterinary care. These grants are called grants-in-aid (GIA). The veterinary hospitals in turn match grants provided, 1:1. 

The Ingrid Tauber Fund for Animals (TFA) 

For the sixth year running, the The Tauber Foundation has generously provided a generous fund that will work alongside our existing grant-in-aid program. Vets working

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with SFAfA will be able to apply for supplemental funding for high-cost cases that would be too expensive for a hospital to match or for when GIA funds have been exhausted. The TFA program is separate and independent from the GIA program.


History: In October 2017, the Ingrid D. Tauber Fund provided San Francisco Aid for Animals with the funding necessary to establish a separate program dedicated to the care and treatment of animals injured and displaced by the terrible wildfires that affected Napa, Sonoma and neighboring areas. When the Camp Fire, that went on to wipe out nearly the entire town of Paradise, roared to life in early November 2018, the Tauber Fire Fund was ready to help funding the treatment of animals in the fire impacted areas as well as animals that had been evacuated to our participating hospitals in San Francisco. Supplemented by an amazing response from individual donors, the Tauber Fire Fund save the lives of many pets whose owners had lost everything in the fires. TFA is designed to support more expensive cases that prevent a hospital from subsidizing or donating treatment costs. In 2021, TFA provided us with a very generous grant of $45,000 to help with these larger cases. We join our hospitals in thanking the Ingrid D. Tauber Fund for its generous, compassionate and ongoing support.

The process

Veterinary Clinics all across the Bay Area join our program.

The patient is treated by the veterinanrian clinic.

SAFA grants new funds each year

Veterinarians identify cases at their hospital that meet SFAfA guidelines and determine if a grant should be offered to the family.

Once treatment is completed, paperwork is submitted to SFAfA and we send grant funds to the hospital.

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