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BirchBark Foundation


BirchBark Foundation protects and honors the human-animal bond by providing financial assistance to vulnerable families faced with unaffordable medical expenses to save the life of a pet and by supporting all families through pet loss, grief and education programs

The Big Idea

For almost 10 years, BirchBark Foundation has stepped in to support pet owners during their times of greatest need. Through their Love Heals program, BirchBark is dedicated to funding 50 percent of life-limiting pet health crises – with no limit to support. BirchBark also serves as a source for animal education and advocacy, and provides a comforting pet loss and grief support program, available to all pet parents in Monterey County.

Our little dog, a 6 year old Papillon named Chronic, was outside when he was attacked by another dog and we found him laying on the floor. I am disabled and unemployed and have limited financial resources. I can’t express the amount of gratitude that I have for this wonderful organization, BirchBark Foundation, for helping save my baby boy. Chronic is now doing amazing. He is his normal, happy self! During that terrible time, I experienced the worst fear and sadness. I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through what I experienced thinking I would lose my Chronic because of financial struggles. BirchBark saved Chronic, but they also saved me.

- Alejandro

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.