Helping Harley Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2005 as an educational and charitable resource. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and is focused in particular on the areas of canine cancer research and treatment for working dogs.
Quite relatably, Helping Harley Fund says, “While animals may not be our whole life, they do much to make our lives whole.”
This nonprofit identifies its four main goals as:
- Promoting healthy, responsible dog care and training
- Raising money for cancer research and treatment in working dogs
- Developing creative media to encourage fundraising
- Educating about canine cancer
To help with the often burdensome cost of cancer treatment for working dogs, Helping Harley Fund offers $1,000 grants to partners of full-time assistance dogs and other types of working dogs. The money is issued as reimbursement to care providers. The amount may be modest in light of the typical total expenses for canine cancer treatment, but it is certainly helpful.
All breeds are eligible for a grant, provided the dog was active as a full-time working dog when the cancer diagnosis was made. Human partners must show proof of the dog’s training. Dogs age 10 and older are not eligible for this financial aid.
Assistance dogs—including service, guide, and hearing dogs—are eligible, as are search and rescue, military, police, detection, and therapy dogs; the latter must provide at least 30 hours of service per week to qualify.
To apply for a grant from Helping Harley Fund, click the link below to view the organization’s website’s grants page. There, you’ll find a two-page application to download and complete, as well as the address to mail it to with the other required documentation. Also, follow the instructions for sending an accompanying email. Upon approval of an application, funds are generally issued within 14 days.