Assistance Programs

We have several assistance programs available for those in the US or Canada whose cats have been diagnosed with diabetes and who are struggling to handle the costs. After you complete an application for assistance, please allow up to 2 weeks for a response back via email, and keep an eye on your spam folder. If you have not heard from us after 2 weeks, please contact us. If accepted for assistance, clients are required to be courteous and respectful to Case Managers or other DCIN personnel. DCIN reserves the right to withdraw assistance from clients who are abusive or harassing to Case Managers or other DCIN personnel, all of whom are volunteers.

NOTE: Due to our current financial situation, we are no longer able to support emergency veterinary assistance.  If you have not yet applied for CareCredit, we encourage you to do so to see if that can help.

One-Time Assistance:

Our One-Time Assistance Program provides a glucose testing kit and a few months’ supply of insulin (or reimbursement of up to $150–receipt required for reimbursement) to those who may not qualify as low-income, but who have been hit by the shock of a new diagnosis and need some time to save up for the long term costs. This does not require proof of income status, just written justification from the caregiver about the need for the supplies. Along with the supplies, advice is given on good care for diabetes while keeping costs down going forward. Please note: DCIN does NOT support the use of Novolin, Humalog , etc., for diabetic cats and will not offer reimbursement for those insulins.

Compassionate Assistance Program:

Our Compassionate Assistance Program (CAP) provides ongoing assistance with insulin, testing supplies, and limited veterinary care to folks who qualify as low-income caregivers; please click here for more details on what CAP covers. The CAP requires proof of low-income status to be provided upon application and again each year while in the program. Acceptable proof of low income includes IRS 1040 or statement of benefits for TANF, SSI, SSDI, SNAP, or Section 8 Housing. If you have applied for assistance previously, we’ll be processing your application as usual and you should expect to hear from us soon; please contact us if you have further questions.