Connect for Care

What is Connect for Care?

Connect for Care (previously called Return for Care) is a unique CVMA member benefit program designed to unify veterinarians, shelters, and pet owners all around the same common goal: Ensuring adopted shelter pets receive the lifelong health care they deserve.


Connect for Care works by asking adopters to choose a participating veterinarian at the time of adoption for a complimentary post-adoption wellness exam. If needed, the veterinarian will also provide for up to $250 worth of care for designated post-adoption medical illnesses for up to 14 calendar days post-adoption. For veterinary practices, Connect for Care is a powerful client acquisition tool. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Program FAQs to learn more!

Connect for Care replaced the Healthy New Pet Guide in 2018.

2022 enrollment now open!

Who can participate in Connect for Care?

Access to the Connect for Care program is an exclusive benefit for CVMA members; at least one veterinarian at each participating practice must be a CVMA member. Any practice with a CVMA member small animal veterinarian in the following counties may participate: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson.

Participating shelters must be PACFA-licensed and a member of the Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance (MDAWA).

Current participating shelters are:

See what participants are saying

“Our whole team loves the C4C program. It allows us all to feel like we are giving back to the community and it is incredibly easy to implement and use. Clients love it and it allows them to have a less pressured first visit and interview with our hospital. It is a great tool to build and retain new clients and a great way to help the local shelter community.”

Beth Spencer, DVM | Medical Director
Goodheart Animal Health Center

How can I enroll my practice?

Enrollment is quick and easy!

Download an enrollment form.

Small annual fee of $125 applies.


Contact Ashley Larson, CVMA Connect for Care Program Manager at or 303-539-7646.