Magic Bullet Fund (MBF) receives an application and financial information. Applications are reviewed to find the families in the greatest financial distress and the pets with the best chance of long survival. If we might be able to offer assistance, the application is assigned to a volunteer Case Manager.
The Case Manager collects information from the veterinarian and submits the application to our Review Panel. The pet’s family is notified of their decision. The applicant may be asked to get a second opinion.
- This fund does not give grants. We raise donations for each cat and dog in the fund. The owner/s participate in fundraising for their pet, and help us bring in donations. For those who want to simply receive money, please apply instead to organizations that give grants. Use the link below.
- This fund is not set up to assist for emergencies. The review process takes 1-4 weeks. After a pet is in the fund, it takes 1-4 weeks to raise donations needed. Funds collected are used for treatments during this time.
For emergency treatments or when funds are needed within 2 weeks, Magic Bullet Fund will not be able to help. Apply instead to these Other Organizations.
Each pet’s campaign is open to collect donations for maximum of 30 days. If the goal amount is raised sooner, the campaign closes.
Each donator to a pet’s campaign receives a thank you note at the time of their donation, and information for their accountant. At the end of the campaign, we email all who donated for that pet (email addresses hidden), to thank them again and to say that the campaign is closed. We do not share any information about donators, except their names (unless they donated anonymously).
Payments for Treatment
Donations that come in for a pet’s treatment are held on reserve for that pet’s cancer treatment. MBF arranges payment terms with the pet’s clinic, and contributes to treatments provided. MBF pays the clinic directly for cancer treatments on the day of treatment.
Funds that cannot be used for a pet are redistributed to General Fund to help other pets. MBF funds are not available for past due balances, diagnostics, experimental treatments or clinical trials, treatment for health issues other than cancer, palliative care or euthanasia.
Once a week, 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.
Chemotherapy: The amount raised is distributed among the remaining treatments. As new donations come in, the amount per treatment will increase. After the campaign closes, payments continue throughout the protocol. If chemo is unsuccessful, some funds can be used to attempt a 2nd (rescue) protocol, with the owner paying a larger part.
Surgery: The amount raised is used to pay for the pet’s cancer surgery, on the day of surgery.
A 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, don’t charge $1,000 for the clinic to hold 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.