Corgi Assistance Fund (CAF)

“Keeping Corgi Families Together”

The Corgi Assistance Fund (CAF) is a last-resort source of funding to provide resources to help a Corgi with a serious illness or injury, or to help a Corgi with a serious behavioral issue, so that decisions to prematurely euthanize the Corgi or surrender the Corgi to a shelter do not have to be considered. Keeping Corgis with their families is a goal of the Corgi Assistance Fund.


General CAF Information

Purpose of CAF
The CAF is a last-resort source of funding for a Corgi’s medical/therapeutic or behavioral issue. As a last resort source of funding, other resources such as pet insurance, grants from pet funds, and personal resources for the medical/therapeutic or behavioral issue must have been used prior to applying to the Corgi Assistance Fund. 

Source of Funding for CAF
The CAF has been set up to receive and distribute monies raised through registration fees and donations at the annual Corgi Walk in the Pearl.  Until the Fund is designated as a 501(c)(3) organization (application to be submitted), donations are not tax-deductible.


Specific CAF Information

Eligibility Guidelines

Eligible Corgis
The CAF is available to full-breed and mixed-breed Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis, including rescue Corgis that are in permanent “forever” homes.  A photograph of the Corgi must be submitted with the Application to verify eligibility. 

Corgis must have one or more of the medical/therapeutic or behavioral issues that the CAF funds (see Eligible Expenses). A veterinarian, veterinary specialist, or a certified behavior trainer must identify both the diagnosis and the treatment on the receipt for services.

Non-Eligible Corgis
Corgis currently being fostered.

Corgis in pet hospice (palliative care) and suffering from a terminal illness with less than six months to live.

Eligible Corgi Owners
The Corgi owner must be of legal age (18 years old or older).

The Corgi owner must have owned the Corgi for at least six months. Exceptions will be made if the Corgi is a recent rescue. 

The Corgi owner must have applied for and used other sources of funding (e.g., grants, pet insurance, personal resources) prior to applying to the CAF. This information is required on the Application Form.

The Corgi owner must have registered for the annual Corgi Walk in the Pearl.  Applicants may live in any state in the U.S. Registration is $25 for the 1st Corgi and $15 for each additional Corgi.

Eligible Expenses
The CAF has restrictions on what expenses are covered. This enables the CAF to stay within its available resources. In consultation with veterinarians, veterinary specialists, and certified behavioral trainers, only specific medical/therapeutic and specific behavioral training expenses are covered.  Reimbursement is available only for conditions identified as Covered in the two categories: medical/therapeutic treatment and behavioral training.

 

Medical/Therapeutic

Covered

  • Illnesses and injuries
  • Diagnostic tests for illness or injury
  • Surgeries for illness or injury
  • Hospitalization for illness or injury
  • Medications for illness or injury
  • Behavioral issue with underlying medical origin (e.g., urine marking from urinary tract/bladder infection)
  • Rehabilitation therapies (acupuncture, chiropractic, hydrotherapy, physical therapy)
  • Treatment from specialists (neurology, dermatology, oncology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation)

Not Covered

  • Wellness exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Flea/heartworm prevention
  • Health screens
  • Dental cleaning
  • Therapeutic pet food
  • Grooming
  • Herbal therapy
  • Veterinary supplements (e.g., probiotics)
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Microchipping

Behavioral

Covered

Training to correct the following behavior issues:

  • Reactivity
  • Separation/Home alone anxiety
  • Out-of-control barking
  • Hyperexcitability
  • Aggressive behavior toward people or animals
  • Obsessive-Compulsive behaviors
  • Unruly behavior
  • Noise phobias
  • Leash walking (including pulling, lunging, jumping up)

Not Covered

  • Eating issues
  • House soiling
  • Urine marking
  • Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome
  • Puppy behaviors (e.g., nipping, leash walking, house soiling, urination, digging, frapping (frantic rapid active playing), chasing clothing, etc.)

Funding Guidelines

CAF Funding Cycle
The CAF funding cycle is September 1, following the annual Corgi Walk in the Pearl, through August 31 of the following year. The Corgi Walk in the Pearl takes place on the third Saturday of each August.

At the end of each 12-month funding cycle, information about the money raised and its distribution for each month will be available on the Corgi Walk in the Pearl web site.

Distribution of Funds
Monies raised from donations and registration fees at the annual Corgi Walk in the Pearl will be combined and distributed equally across months of the year beginning in September following the Walk. The allocation of funds each month are as follows:

  • 65% to medical/therapeutic treatment
  • 35% to behavioral training

The Fund will provide limited financial reimbursement to Corgi owners based on a cap for medical/therapeutic treatment and for behavioral training. To ensure that as many Corgis as possible are helped each month, the CAF is designed to supplement the amount owners have paid for the treatment/training and what owners have received from other sources. There is a cap of $375 for medical/therapeutic treatment and $200 for behavioral training.  Corgi owners may apply only once during a funding cycle and be reimbursed for an amount up to the designated cap in a single category.

Money not used in a specific category –– medical/therapeutic or behavioral training –– at the end of each month will be rolled over to the remaining months of the event year and distributed across the two categories using the same distribution percentages: 65% for medical/therapeutic and 35% for behavioral training.

Money not used at the end of a funding cycle will be added to money available the following year.


Application Guidelines

Applying for financial help from the CAF is a simple process.  To ensure that the CAF is using its resources for the most good, the CAF has established procedures for applying, reviewing applications, making payments, and following up after the grant has been made.

Application Process
The Application Form may be completed online and submitted with the required documents as e-mail attachments. Alternatively, the Application Form may be completed offline and mailed to the address on the Form. All information on the Application Form will be kept private and confidential and not shared or made public without an applicant’s permission.  Anonymous data may be compiled and used publically to report on the CAF’s work and accomplishments.

All background information must be included so the CAF has a method for contacting you.

Additionally, all information on the Form applicable to your Corgi must be included. For example, if your Corgi had surgery for an illness or injury, the treating veterinarian must be identified, the veterinarian’s address and phone number must be included, the diagnosis and treatment must be included, the date of treatment must be stated, and the cost of the treatment must be included.  In addition, you must include the paid receipt with all of the required information stated on the Form, and you must submit a recent photo of your Corgi. You also must sign the Form, verifying the truthfulness of what you are submitting.

The condition or issue for which you are applying for reimbursement must have occurred during the current funding cycle (September 1 following the most recent Corgi Walk through August 31 of following year). The medical condition or behavioral issue and treatment may be ongoing but reimbursement may only be for the treatment or training during a current funding cycle. For example, if your Corgi had Canine Glaucoma and initial therapeutics and massage a previous year were not effective and the Corgi had glaucoma surgery during the funding cycle, the final treatment would be submitted. 

Post-dated treatment or training will not be considered.

A note about Disc Diseases: At this time, there is no cure for DM or IVDD, nor is there a universally agreed on treatment for dogs with DM or IVDD. However, there are therapeutic interventions that can sustain the life of the Corgi with DM or IVDD and these are covered.

Review of Application
The CAF will review each application carefully and, if there are questions, will contact you or call the veterinarian or trainer for clarification. The CAF also has a team of veterinarians available to review applications, as needed.

Payment
The CAF will reimburse treatment/training costs each month on a first-come, first-served basis, in the areas the Fund covers. The CAF is not able to provide reimbursement until the Corgi has received the needed care. Applicants may receive reimbursement only once during the funding cycle in either medical/therapeutic or behavioral training.

The CAF will not reimburse the entire cost of treatment or training for the Corgi unless the amount falls within the designated cap for medical/therapeutic treatment or behavioral training. The CAF will notify applicants if the Fund has been exhausted in a specific area for a given month, in which case you may re-apply in a subsequent month.

After the CAF has reviewed your application for completeness and has determined that it falls within the covered medical/therapeutic treatment or behavioral training, it will send you a certified check made out to the applicant whose name is on the invoice or receipt. 

Follow-Up
The CAF would like to know how your Corgi is doing after it has received treatment or training with the help of reimbursement from the Fund. With your permission, the CAF would like to post a photo (with no personal information) along with a short statement from you about your Corgi’s life post treatment or training.


The Corgi Assistance Fund is registered with the Oregon Secretary of State as a domestic non-profit corporation.