The San Diego area has the largest concentration of Military in the World. It’s home to 143,000 active duty service members and an estimated 240,000 veterans. Over 60% of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, and over 40% of the Marine Corps’ combat capability are here. Many battle to make it financially, and those numbers are expected to grow. Over 85,000 are junior enlisted (those in the lower six pay grades). Many are married with children with little or no discretionary income.

It is estimated that as many as 1 million+ service members are discharged every five years, and thousands elect to make San Diego their home. Young military families in the lower ranks, veteran families, those afflicted with PTSD, TBI and veterans continue to battle to survive financially.

Recognizing that many military families face extreme hardships in providing veterinary medical care for their pets, Helping Paws was established by Craig J Mohnacky DVM, to provide financial assistance for these fine men and women. By keeping pets united with their military families and maintaining stability in these households, Helping Paws can help mitigate the effects of stress and uncertainty that exists due to the demands of military life.

Helping Paws is dedicated to financially assisting active, retired, and veterans by providing veterinary care. By connecting with citizens and the business community, we can ensure the continued success of our program.

Our troops are willing to pay the ultimate price, but all too often, they can’t afford to pay costly veterinary bills. As a 501(c)(3), Helping Paws San Diego has directly helped more than 2,500 local military families in need.

Our service members give so much, and we give back by providing urgent care and routine veterinary procedures at low or no cost. By removing financial burdens, we empower troops and veterans to make healthy choices for their pets. In many cases, it’s kept them from having to surrender or euthanize their pets!

Our courageous service members count on Helping Paws, but our resources are limited. We need your support to continue helping vets by saving pets.