We provide financial assistance and resources to pet guardians struggling with economic hardship when pets are in life-threatening situations.

The BCARL Cares program helps animals who need urgent and emergency veterinary care. We may assistin various amounts up to $500, and is intended to fill a gap in funding that is keeping an animal from care.

Decisions are based upon several factors, including: medical urgency, financial need, available funding, and eligibility. Due to the number of applications we receive, we cannot help everyone.

Once an application has been submitted, you can expect to receive a response by email or phone within one to two business days. Please be sure to check your email for confirmation that your application was submitted, as well as for a response to your application.

If an animal is in need of immediate care, where any delay will put the animal at risk, it is the owner’s responsibility and duty to seek care for the animal immediately. There is no guarantee that the BCARL Cares program will be able to provide financial assistance.


Step 1

Eligibility Guidelines

  • The applicant must be seeking assistance for one animal with a life-threatening injury or illness that requires urgent and specific treatment.
  • Must have a diagnosis and treatment plan from a veterinarian. BCARL cannot pay for office exams or diagnostic testing.
  • Treatment must have a good or favorable outcome.
  • Proof of income must be provided.
  • If animal is not already spayed or neutered, you must agree to have the animal spayed or neutered at the next Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic held by BCARL.  
  • The applicant must attempt to find funding through their own means, personal contacts, and other assistance programs. A link to another website listing these resources is provided above. 
  • Both the applicant and the animal must live in Belmont County, Ohio.
  • If assistance is awarded, the recipient must be willing to provide updates and photos to BCARL.
Before submitting an application, notify the veterinary office that the applicant is seeking financial assistance and give them permission to release information to BCARL.

BCARL cannot help if any of the following apply:

  • Treatment has been completed.

  • BCARL Cares assistance has already been awarded to this applicant, household, or animal.

  • The animal’s medical needs are for:

    • ongoing conditions or treatments (such as diabetes or chemotherapy)

    • testing or diagnostic work (such as X-rays, MRI, or blood work)

    • routine care (such as spay/neuter, vaccinations, or annual exams)

Call us: 740-782-9712

Email us: bcarlweb@gmail.com


41981 National Rd

Belmont, OH 43718

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