Magic Bullet Fund (MBF) receives an application and financial information. Applications are reviewed to find the families in the greatest financial distress and the dogs with the best chance of long survival. After we get an application and documentation, the application is assigned to a volunteer Case Manager if we may be able to offer assistance.
The Case Manager collects information from the clinic, then sends the application to the fund’s Review Panel. The Panel members make difficult decisions about the fund’s ability to provide assistance for each application. The dog’s family is notified when a decision has been made.
Note: This fund is not set up to assist for emergencies. It generally takes 1-2 weeks for the review process. After a dog is in the fund, it takes 1 – 4 weeks to raise donations needed.
* For emergency treatments or when funds are needed within 2 weeks, Magic Bullet Fund will not be able to help. Apply instead to other organizations here.
Each donator to a dog’s campaign receives a thank you note from MBF at the time of their donation, and information for their accountant. At the end of the campaign, we email all who donated for that dog (with email addresses hidden), to thank them for donations again and to say that the campaign is closed. We do not release any information about donators, except their names (unless they donated anonymously).
Payments for Treatment
Donations that come in for a dog’s treatment are held on reserve for that dog’s cancer treatment. They can be used for cancer treatments only. MBF arranges payment terms with the dog’s clinic, and contributes to treatments provided by that vet and that clinic. MBF pays the clinic directly for cancer treatments on the day of treatment.
Funds that cannot be used for a dog are redistributed to General Fund to help other dogs. MBF funds are not available for diagnostics, experimental treatments or clinical trials, treatment for health issues other than cancer, palliative care or euthanasia. MBF does not raise funds for treatment that was given before the dog was in the fund. Payments are made only to veterinary clinics, pharmaceutical distributors or pharmacies and only to pay invoices for a dog’s surgery or chemo treatments, including drugs used in those treatments and clinic fees.
Every Monday or Tuesday for the 30 days that a campaign is open, MBF notifies the clinic and the owner of the amount/s MBF will contribute to treatments.
For a dog receiving chemotherapy: The amount raised is distributed among the remaining treatments. As new donations come in, the amount per treatment will increase. When the campaign is closed after 30 days, scheduled payments continue throughout the protocol. If chemo treatment is unsuccessful, some funds can be used to attempt a second protocol, with the owner paying for part of it.
For a dog having surgery: Funds accumulate in the dog’s campaign. When there is enough on reserve so that the family can pay the balance, then the family schedules treatment and we close the campaign. The campaign runs for a maximum of 30 days, or until the family chooses to have the surgery done.
Note about CareCredit
If you have received a line of credit from CareCredit (or any resource), we suggest that you do not charge through more than the treatment amount, at the time of each treatment. For example, do not charge $1,000 for the clinic to hold for you as a credit on your account. We cannot make a payment if there is a credit balance on your account… and the veterinary clinic is not a bank.