CorgiAid has restrictions on what kind of dog, which rescuers, and which expenses, are eligible. This enables us to stay within available funds. Please read this section to ensure you are eligible for aid. Once you have read it, if you still aren't certain whether your situation is eligible, please apply. and the Grant Committee will make that determination.
CorgiAid will accept applications for assistance for rescued Cardigan Welsh corgis, Pembroke Welsh corgis, or corgi mixes from any group or organization or from any individual who is of legal age (18 years).
Applicants must be fostering the dog with intent, once the dog is healthy and a suitable home is found, of re-homing that dog to a permanent home.
CorgiAid cannot provide funding for the care of established personal pets. However, in the following cases CorgiAid will consider funding for dogs adopted within the last two weeks if the application meets all other CorgiAid guidelines:
- INDIVIDUAL RESCUES: An individual has rescued a dog that was injured or ill at the time of rescue and would like to provide a permanent home for the dog.
- ADOPTION THROUGH A HUMANE SOCIETY OR SHELTER: A dog that appeared healthy or had a minor illness/injury has been adopted from a shelter and, after adoption, it becomes apparent that the dog's condition was serious.
- PLACEMENTS THROUGH A RESCUE ORGANIZATION: An ill or injured dog has been taken in by an established rescue organization. A permanent home is found for the dog during the funding application process, or a home is found before the organization had an opportunity to start the funding application process. The assumption here will be that, in the absence of an adoptive home, the case would have met all CorgiAid funding guidelines, and that the adoption would have been seriously jeopardized if the assistance were not available.
In the case of an adopted dog, CorgiAid will not consider funding requests for routine, non-emergency care, such as spay/neuter, microchipping, flea/heartworm prevention, vaccinations, routine worming, etc.
An examination by a veterinarian must take place within two weeks of adoption, and the illness, injury, or condition must be diagnosed at that time. As always, CorgiAid must have a clear indication from the treating veterinarian that the dog has a reasonable chance to have a good quality of life if treated.
CorgiAid is the last resort source of funding. If the individual or organization is eligible for other funding of these expenses through a breed or other rescue organization, that funding must have been denied or exhausted before applying to CorgiAid.
We expect that rescuers will cover as many expenses of rescue as possible with their adoption fees. Please ask us only for the amount needed by a given dog that you cannot cover with your adoption fee for that dog.
To be eligible to benefit from a grant, the dog must be a Cardigan Welsh corgi, Pembroke Welsh corgi, or corgi mix either of known parentage, or resembling a corgi closely enough that the Grant Committee is reasonably certain the dog is a corgi mix. Applicants must provide a picture of the dog to enable the committee to verify eligibility.
The dog must not show signs of aggression toward other animals or humans.
The dog must be neutered or spayed, or will be altered as soon as medically possible.
CorgiAid cannot fund medical expenses for dogs turned into rescue by their breeder because of birth defects or other medical issues. In the case of any request for funding for a congenital defect, the circumstances under which the dog entered into rescue will be examined before funding can be considered.
If a dog is terminally ill, or needs to be euthanized for unsound temperament, CorgiAid will consider paying for the euthanization. Extreme treatments for dogs at the end of life will not be considered.
There is no age limit; each case will be judged as to quality of future life for that dog.
Expenses must have been incurred within six months of the application.
CorgiAid may provide monetary assistance toward medical expenses, and possibly toward other extraordinary expenses, for corgis or corgi mix dogs who are in rescue.
There is a per-dog limit of $3000, except under extraordinary circumstances. The limit of $5000 for one dog will not be exceeded regardless of circumstances.
CorgiAid's first goal is to make sure that expenses for therapeutic medical needs receive aid if eligible. (Therapeutic medical care cures or alleviates a current condition or illness.) Before a grant is given, CorgiAid will need copies of itemized receipts or invoices from a licensed veterinarian. CorgiAid is not able to help until the dog has received the needed care.
While we have sufficient funds, we may also consider as eligible expenses providing preventive care for dogs in rescue (not those in permanent homes). (Preventative care uses medicine to prevent debilitating conditions. Vaccinations and heartworm preventative fall in this category.)
We may also be able to help with non-medical, extraordinary expenses. We may consider boarding, when no other housing is available (including alternate foster homes or safe shelters) while the rescuer is actively searching for alternate housing.
At present "normal" expenses of rescue as food, toys, collars, leashes, phone calls, and advertising are not eligible.
As of Oct. 5, 2002, CorgiAid requires that all dogs receiving aid from CorgiAid (other than for euthanization) must be microchipped. If the dog is not already chipped, CorgiAid will pay for the microchip. The dog's microchip number must be provided to CorgiAid.
If the funding request is for non-emergency surgery, all surgical and non-surgical options need to be considered. CorgiAid may require the applicant to seek a second opinion and/or further evaluation to ensure that the suggested surgery or treatment is the only option for ensuring a good quality of life for the dog. In the event that a second opinion is requested, CorgiAid will pay for the second opinion.
CorgiAid generally cannot help with cataract surgery, nor with consultations about cataracts. If an applicant decides to pay for a consultation with a veterinary ophthalmologist, and that ophthalmologist is very confident surgery will greatly improve a dog's sight, we may consider helping with surgery.
Talk to us about tests for degenerative myelopathy before authorizing a test for DM. We may only help with DM tests under very specific circumstances. The dog must be eight years old or older, and must have mobility problems. We will talk over the individual case with you, including any pain issues, and will determine if we are able to help with the cost of a DM test. We will not pay more for a DM test than the cost of a cheek swab evaluated through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (which, in early 2012, is $65).
Funding for TPLO cruciate ligament surgery may be considered for only a small portion of the total cost, if at all, and only then if, in the opinion of the veterinarians consulted, there are no other options that will result in a satisfactory prognosis. In addition to being very costly, this surgery does not reflect an immediate or emergency need for a dog and there are alternative treatments/surgeries (such as lateral suture stabilization or extracapsular repair) available which are much less expensive.
Applications for the treatment of congenital orthopedic conditions will be considered with the following additional requirements:
- If the funding request is for surgery for correction of a congenital orthopedic condition, the veterinarian has assessed the condition and is of the opinion that the dog's quality of life and adoptability will be significantly compromised without surgery, as opposed to other maintenance treatment options.
- If the funding request is for the correction of hip dysplasia, all surgical options need to be considered. Total hip replacements and triple pelvic osteotomy (as opposed to femoral head ostectomy or other procedures) may be partially funded by CorgiAid only if, in the opinion of the veterinarian and CorgiAid's veterinary advisors there are no other options that will result in a satisfactory prognosis.
- CorgiAid may require the applicant to seek a second opinion and further evaluation to ensure that the suggested surgery or treatment is the only option for ensuring a good quality of life for the dog. CorgiAid will not be responsible for funding this type of evaluation.
- The dog must be symptomatic. That is, the diagnosis was not made only from routine x-rays. The dog must be showing signs of lameness or other dysfunction. Many dogs with hip dysplasia never display any lameness throughout their life. Applications for funding these conditions must include a description of the symptoms being displayed by the dog.
- While CorgiAid does not wish to suggest "bargain shopping" for veterinary care, because of the high cost of orthopedic work all options for surgery should also be explored by the applicant (vet schools, a vet that will give a larger rescue discount, etc.). CorgiAid reserves the option of offering a partial funding.
CorgiAid expects that if a dog is injured while in the possession of a rescuer, and that rescuer could reasonably be considered at fault due to carelessness or neglect, CorgiAid should not be asked to cover the cost of correcting that injury. Under very limited circumstances CorgiAid may help with part of the cost of correcting the injury.
CorgiAid will not fund the entire cost of treatment for a dog who is in an adoptive home (also known as a "forever" home). The adoptive/rescue home is expected to pay some portion of the cost. Applications must include a dollar amount that will be paid, or that has already been paid, by the new owner. Prior to release of funds, CorgiAid will require receipts documenting these expenditures.
In all ownership situations, funding applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the severity of the illness/injury and the details of the rescue. The fact that CorgiAid may have funded a similar case in the past is not in itself a guarantee that funding will be granted.