Compassionate Assistance Program

Our Compassionate Assistance Program provides ongoing assistance with insulin, testing supplies, and limited veterinary care to folks who qualify as low-income caregivers.

As of 7/26/22: We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are revamping our assistance programs and aren’t accepting new applications during this time. 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.

Requirements

  • Proof that you are a low-income caregiver (IRS 1040 or statement of benefits for TANF, SSI, SSDI, SNAP, or Section 8 Housing). Pay stubs are not acceptable proof of low-income status. If you do not qualify as low income, please see our One-Time Assistance Program page for another option.
  • Be willing to feed a low-carb canned-food-only diet to your diabetic cat (no dry food; prescription food is not necessary – we can provide a list of low cost low-carb canned foods).
  • Be willing to learn how to test blood glucose at home with a provided meter before every insulin shot. We can give you tips on how to do this; it’s easy to learn!
  • Be willing to join and be active on an approved online forum for regular dosing advice. If you are limited in your access to the Internet, we can make exceptions to this rule and work with you on other options.

Please note: we are a small, all-volunteer organization. We process applications as soon as possible, but it may take up to 1-2 weeks to receive a response. Our initial contact with you will be by email; please be sure to check 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.