Talking Bear Foundation

Talking Bear Foundation Guidelines

The TBF fund offers ONE TIME ASSISTANCE to mountain area Pet Owners in Madera and Mariposa Counties** facing high cost emergency and specialty veterinary services. 

(**Madera County-Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Coarsegold, North Fork, Oakhurst, O’Neals, Raymond.  Mariposa County-Fish Camp, Mariposa, Midpines, Wawona, Yosemite Valley).  Proof of residency is required (Photo ID and utility bill)

The TBF should not be viewed as a continuing source of funds for normal annual veterinary expenses

Specialty veterinary surgery is hereby defined as:  orthopedic, ophthalmology and oncology.

Emergency veterinary care is hereby defined as:  vehicle strikes, animal attacks, broken bones, Parvo treatment (puppies under the age of 1 year), rattlesnake bites, and fox tail removal from nasal/ear cavities. 

The TBF will not be used for annual vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm prevention.  There are other resources available to residents of Madera County for these services.

TBF will not contribute to any procedure that will prolong the suffering of your Pet.  We must receive a positive prognosis from your DVM prior to committing funds for your Pet.

If you use false pretenses to get your animal care you will be responsible for 100% of the veterinary bill.

Any evidence of abuse will be reported to Madera County Animal Control and Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

The Pet owner must demonstrate a willingness and ability to provide proper care for the Pet when the Pet is released from the veterinary facility.  (ie.  A dog recuperating from major surgery cannot be left unattended on a chain outside.)

Funds donated toward the care of your Pet will be paid directly to the veterinary facility.  No exceptions.

The TBF is operating solely on donations.  In the event we do not have enough funds available to cover a Pet’s expenses the Pet Owners are responsible for the remaining balance due. 

This form serves as authorization to give and receive information regarding your Pet with your DVM.  This authorization includes the right to discuss options for your Pet with the DVM.  We do require a written estimate of cost from your veterinary facility.  Estimates may be faxed to the TBF at (559) 660-1344.

I hereby certify that I have read and understand the guidelines of the Talking Bear Foundation and agree to abide by all terms.

Date ___________________________


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Pet Owner Signature


Pet Owner Address