How it Works

Shakespeare Animal Fund can be contacted through our crisis hotline (775) 342-7040 or by email at

Once the SAF coordinator makes contact and determines the pet owner's eligibility, the pet owner is contacted and advised to select a veterinarian. 


Once approved, SAF sends a letter to your vet detailing how much we will pay toward treatment. After the pet is seen, the owner signs a visit confirmation which is returned to SAF.  We will pay your veterinarian directly to reduce your out of pocket costs. 

We proudly serve Northern Nevada's 13 counties. 

We help elderly, disabled and those whose total income does not exceed the current poverty guidelines. 


Emergency Examples (Including but not limited to):

Car accidents
Toxin exposure
Bite wounds
Urinary tract infections
Upper respiratory infections/pneumonia
Laceration repairs
Straining to eliminate
Difficulty breathing
Torn toenails


Please Note: We do not pay for routine treatment, vaccinations, spay or neuter.


Am I Eligible? 

To determine eligibility please email with the following information:

  • Are other organizations contributing?

  • How much money do you have for the vet?

  • Have we helped you in the past?

  • Where do you live (we serve residents of Northern Nevada)

  • Number of people in your household

  • Total monthly income from ALL members of your household

  • Has your income been affected by COVID-19?

  • Is this an emergency?

  • Do you have an estimated cost of the veterinary care?

  • Are you 65 years or older?

  • Are you receiving government disability?

  • Are you a veteran of the United States Military?