Membership Funds at Work



The Committee of MAAW are very aware of the degree of economic disadvantage in our community, and the aim of the MAAW Helping PAWS program is to provide financial assistance to residents of the Mt Alexander Shire who find themselves unable to afford vital assistance for a companion or service animal.  In accordance with our aim of improving animal welfare in our shire, the committee have established a fund to financially assist people unable to pay for their animals to receive emergency veterinarian care.  

The Committee relies on local vet practices to alert us to these circumstances and we hope to grow our 'MAAW Helping Paws' fund through memberships and generous donations.  

Eligibility to access the program:

  • Resident of Mt Alexander Shire
  • Evidence of financial hardship, pension card, health care card holder or low income
  • Request from a vet outlining vital medical intervention to improve the quality of life for a companion or service animal
  • Presumption of reasonable future lifespan


  • Ongoing medical needs, i.e. diabetic, cancer therapy (pharmaceutical)
  • Snake bites
  • Emergency procedures requiring immediate response to request (unless a registered service animal)

Expectations from Owner and Vet:

  • Initial willingness for the pet owner to contribute, no matter how small the contribution
  • Some financial contribution from vet
  • MAAW to be updated on the outcome of the animal being treated
  • This scheme is not be relied upon as the only option, but to assist with costs

Funding request applications to include:

  • Details of the animals medical needs inlcuding prognosis
  • Quote for procedure
  • Amount of financial contribution from other other parties including owner
  • Contribution required from MAAW, to be a fixed maximum once approved
  • Urgency of procedure

MAAW - Approval Process:

  • Only requests received in writing prior to the procedure will be considered, these should be addressed to the
  • Committee have the final say on determining the maximum amount to be considered in any one case, that amount not to exceed $1000 in any one case with the understanding that it is available only once to an owner.

For further information on the program, speak to your local vet or email 


Pictured is Banjo who had a grass seed abscess that required draining and flushing.