To qualify for our low-cost veterinary services, pet families throughout Chicago Heights, Chicagoland, and Northwest Indiana must meet certain income criteria. We want to ensure that the families most in need of our assistance are benefiting from our services. When you visit, please bring a photo ID and proof of one or more of the following:
- Pay stubs for all working adult members in the household (*where the pet resides) that show an annual income that does not exceed a certain level (see our chart below).
- Proof of Disability, Medicaid, WIC, Link Card, LIHEAP, TANF, or Unemployment.
For more information regarding the assistance programs listed, please see the links in the descriptions below.
If you have certain mental or physical disabilities listed under the Social Security Administration’s impairment manual, you could qualify for disability benefits.
Eligible low-income adults, children, elderly adults, pregnant women and people with disabilities can receive health coverage through the Medicaid program. Go here to learn more.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (generally known as the WIC Program) assists infants, children and pregnant, postpartum and/or breastfeeding women that are nutritionally at risk.
Link cards are the Illinois version of food stamps and enable individuals to spend SNAP and cash benefits electronically.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program assists families with energy costs. Learn more about it here.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program helps families in need become more self-sufficient by promoting two-parent families and job preparation.
Government Assistant/Low Income Guideline Chart
All amounts above are annual household incomes before taxes. Social Security, Unemployment, and low income have to be less than the guidelines above.
Automatic approval – DHS & HFS snap or medical, SSI (disability), Medicaid, Illinicare, WIC, Liheap, TanF, and HACC.