Financial Assistance for Veterinary Care

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Listed below are some organizations that may be able to provide you with some financial assistance paying for veterinary care. Many of them are specific in terms of the type of medical care they will cover, the state or region where you reside, family income levels, etc.  While the descriptions below provide general information for the organization, I encourage you to check the organization websites for specific, up-to-date information. If you find any links below that are no longer working, please let me know by emailing me at dr.kay@speakingforspot.com.

General

 
The Big Hearts Fund
www.bigheartsfund.org
Pet owners who need financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease are encouraged to apply for grants.  Grants are limited to payment for veterinary services pre-approved by the Big Hearts Fund Veterinary Advisory Board.  Application information and forms for pet owners and veterinarians to complete can be found on the website.  Pet owners can also learn more about canine and feline heart disease and ways to improve their petís quality of life through resources and articles on the website.
 
Rose's Fund for Animals - (877) 505-4234
www.rosesfund.org
Rose's Fund recognizes that it takes more than love to save a life, and all animals deserve a chance. They will financially assist, to the best of their ability, pet owners and Good Samaritans who have an animal with a good prognosis for a healthy life, but are at a financial loss.

Land of Pure Gold Foundation (assistance limited to working dogs diagnosed with cancer)
landofpuregold.com
The Land of Pure Gold Foundation provides financial aid for Working Dogs (Assistance, Detection, Search & Rescue, Enforcement, Military and Animal-Assisted Therapy Dogs) who have been diagnosed with cancer.  If your dog meets these criteria you can find information about applying for a grant at http://grants.landofpuregold.com.
 
 
Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society – (780) 732-3522 – Canada
The Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society is a registered charity in Alberta, Canada that is devoted to making cancer treatment for pets a reality. The Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund (in loving memory of a very special dog), was developed by ACTSS to insure that all pets, can receive cancer therapies, regardless of their owner's income.
 
The Assistance Dog United Campaign – (800) 284-DOGS (3647)
www.assistancedogunitedcampaign.org/vouchers.html
Operated in association with The Assistance Dog Institute, this nonprofit helps people with disabilities find funding to purchase service dogs. Phone: 800 284-DOGS (3647)
 
The Brown Dog Foundation
At Brown Dog Foundation it is our mission to offer pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative to euthanasia when their pet faces a treatable life-threatening condition in order to restore the quality of life for pet and owner.  Use the online form to apply for assistance. 
 
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.
 
Cody's Club – (614) 620-2476
When facing radiation for your companion animal, this group may be able to make a tough decision easier. Cody’s Club provides financial support for those who face radiation treatments on a limited income, and also emotional support services in the form of a hotline and in-person group that meets monthly.
 
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/
Email: Timothy Meeker - fveap@earthlink.net
Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion. The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.

Fetch a Cure - (804) 525-2193
5609 Patterson Ave., Suite D
Richmond, VA 23226
Whether it be through financial support or other resources, FETCH a Cure’s, Canines in Crisis program looks forward to providing families with a sense of hope.  

Good Sam Fund – (614) 846-5800
www.medvetfoundation.org/index.asp
The MedVet Good Sam (Special Assistance and Memorial) Fund was established in 1999, well before the development of the Foundation. Its mission was then, and still is, to provide financial aid and support for sick or injured stray animals who are admitted to MedVet by Good Samaritans and animal lovers.  Each grant for assistance is limited to $500 per doctor per year and per patient per year.  Please click here for the criteria for you and your pet.
 
We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.  See the application criteria here
 
 
The Perseus Foundation
Provides information and support to owners whose pets are diagnosed with cancer.  Provides information on clinical trials.  Provides financial assistance through its Magic Bullet Fund
 
The Magic Bullet Fund
The Magic Bullet Fund helps people who have a dog with cancer but cannot afford treatment costs.
 
Canine Cancer Awareness
Our mission is to provide you with knowledge and support so that you can consult with your vet to get the best possible treatment for your dog.  CCA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting canine cancer. We help sponsor the veterinary costs of dogs diagnosed with cancer for those families in financial need who would not otherwise be able to afford treatment.
 
The Pet Fund – (916) 443-6007
www.thepetfund.com/
The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care.  Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or medical treatment. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.  ALL applicants are REQUIRED to contact The Pet Fund by phone BEFORE applying for funding. 
 
Red Rover Relief
TheRed Rover Relief provides financial assistance grants and additional resources so pet owners and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care.  Visit www.redrover.org/grants for eligibility requirements and application.  RedRover also offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets.  To learn more about this program, visit www.redrover.org/domestic.
 
UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills
www.petloversonline.co.uk/financial.htm
Most of us can cope with the financial commitment involved in the day to day care of our pets. However, how many of us come out in a cold sweat when our pet is ill or injured and we know we have to take it to the vet? Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to afford it but, some of us who love our animals dearly cannot.
 
 
Shakespeare Animal Fund - (775) 342-7040
www.shakespeareanimalfund.org/
Anyone can apply for funds, but SAF offers assistance primarily to those on fixed incomes or with annual incomes below $35,000.   Exceptions are made depending on circumstances. It is always a one-time grant.  Residence requirements apply.
 
New York SAVE
NY S.A.V.E, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to the aid and assistance of low-income pet owners residing in one of the five boroughs of New York City, whose pet is in need of emergency veterinary care.
 
Int'l Assoc of Assistance Dog Partners VCP Program
Email:  iaadp@aol.com
AADP has established an emergency veterinary fund to provide financial aid to United States IAADP Partner Members whose assistance dogs require high cost veterinary intervention beyond their ability to pay.
 
Pet Diabetes Fund
Not accepting applications at this time
 
The Mosby Foundation
The Mosby Foundation would like to help everyone who asks for aid. However, this is simply not possible. Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive daily and the limited funds we have to work with, we simply cannot help everyone. Our priority for accepting an application for funding will continue to be a life-saving emergency confirmed by a licensed veterinarian either by fax or phone.  To apply for a grant call 540-939-4034 or e-mail info@themosbyfoundation.org
 
 

REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 
 
California
Labrador Harbor
Labrador Harbor is committed to providing assistance to Labrador Retrievers of all ages, in permanent homes or within a California based non-profit rescue organization. We strongly believe that all Labs, regardless of age, deserve to live quality lives with people who love them. Labrador Harbor may assist with funding medical intervention, as well as training or other special care that may be necessary to enhance quality of life.

California
Actors and Others for Animals - (818) 897-8760
Actors and Others for Animals is a Southern California community based organization serving the greater Los Angeles area and surrounding counties.  If you live outside of this region, we regrettably are unable to help you with emergency medical assistance for your pet.  Please consult your local listings.

California
The San Francisco SPCA Animal Hospital – (415) 554-3030
Comprehensive assistance programs help to provide spay/neuter surgeries for shelter animals, feral cats and pets of low-income San Francisco residents. Our medical care assistance covers acutely ill or seriously injured animals in our shelter as well as to animals who have homes but whose guardians require financial assistance. Please call our Client Service Representatives at 415.554.3030 to discuss your eligibility for financial assistance.  Available for San Francisco residents.
 
California
Peninsula Catworks - (650) 329-9570
Peninsula CatWorks is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of cats and kittens in need. Our services include medical care to cats or kittens in urgent need of care
 
Carolinas (North Carolina, South Carolina and surrounding Southeastern States)
Dylan's Hearts
www.dylanshearts.com
Dylan's Hearts was founded in Honor of Dylan, with love and gratitude for all he continues to teach those who know and love him.  Our hope is that by providing financial assistance in times of critical need, Dylan's Hearts will perpetuate the bond that exists between humans and their animal companions, and provide others with the wonderful opportunity to experience a love like Dylan's!

Colorado
Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital – (303) 722-5800 ext 525
All Treatment clients (excluding Spay and Neuter), other than veterinary referrals, must go through a qualification process to receive care for their pets at Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital.  This takes place over the phone to determine your level of financial capacity.  Please be prepared to answer personal questions and have the following information ready when calling one of our Client Specialists.
 
Connecticut
Connecticut Humane Society – Fox Veterinary Clinic – (860) 594-4503
The Fox Memorial Clinic is a full service veterinary practice which provides veterinary care for animals whose owners are in financial need. Fox Memorial provides veterinary services on a fee-for-service basis to the public.
 
Connecticut
STARelief and Pet Assistance
www.starelief.org
Starelief and Pet Assistance's mission is to provide medical care, temporary homes, food, emergency shelter and hospice care to pets whose caretakers are struggling financially.  Star's long term vision is to ensure that no Connecticut pet guardian will ever have to abandon their pet due to economic hardship and to ensure that all companion animals are treated with the digninty and respect they deserve.
 
Georgia
Pets are Loving Support assists - (404) 876-7257
P.A.L.S., a Non Profit 501 (c)(3) organization, provides pet care including free deliveries of food and supplies, basic veterinary care and transportation, foster care, referrals, and information and support to companion pets of senior citizens, the disabled, and the critically ill. Many of our clients face their struggles without family assistance, their only companion being their trusted pet. Many have chronic diseases such as AIDS and Cancer, and some are simply too old to care for their pets.
 
Georgia
Save-A-Life, Inc.
Save-A-Life also provides foster care, necessary medical treatment for foster animals, and a placement assistance program to help members of the public place their companion animals.  On occasion, medical assistance is provided to those individuals who could not otherwise afford to care for their pets. 
 
Maryland
Washington Animal Rescue League – (202) 726-CARE (2273)
The League’s full-service Medical Center has been enlarged and renovated, too. It still provides affordable veterinary care for shelter animals and the pets of low-income guardians. 
 
Massachusetts
The Travis Fund
The Travis Fund was established in memory of Dr. Stanley O. Travis, a widely respected and beloved veterinarian. The fund provides financial assistance for the care of found animals and helps responsible owners cover the cost of unanticipated veterinary care. The fund is managed by the hospital administrator, with grants made at the recommendation of the animal's Tufts veterinarian.
 
Massachusetts
Alliance for Animals Metro Action Clinic - (617) 268 - 7800
At our Metro Action Clinic in South Boston, MA, Alliance for Animals provides low-cost spay/neuter and other veterinary services for both cats and dogs.
 
Massachusetts
Massachusetts SPCA
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston offers financial assistance through MSPCA’s Pet Care Assistance.  Pet Care Assistance (PCA) was established in 1990 to support the medical care of sick or injured animals being treated at the MSPCA-Angell whose families have limited financial resources.  The fund also defrays the cost of treating animals that are victims of cruelty and abuse. In 2006, the fund distributed over $363,000 to support the treatment of thousands of animals. Annual contributions, special events, and endowment income sustain the fund.
For more information, contact Kathleen Santry at (617) 541-5075 or email ksantry@mspca.org
If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please contact our Financial Office at (617) 541-5028 or 5030. Please note: Pet Care Assistance benefits patients and clients treated at the MSPCA-Angell only.
 
Michigan
Michigan Humane Society - (313) 872-0004
 The Michigan Humane Society operates three veterinary centers in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland with over 60,000 client visits each year.  Our highly-skilled veterinary staff provides a full range of services for companion animals already living in homes as well as for the animals at our three adoption centers.  
 
New Jersey
Save U.S. Pets Foundation - (908) 222-9980
The Save U.S. Pets Foundation, based in New Jersey, is dedicated to providing financial assistance for pets to receive lifesaving medical treatments when their human companions are unable to afford professional care. Through a participating veterinarian, pet owners whose circumstances meet the Foundation's criteria are eligible for a grant enabling their pets to receive desperately needed medical help.  A New Jersey based foundation veterinarian must apply for a grant to provide financial assistance to a client with a pet that needs lifesaving
medical care.
 
New York
New York SAVE
NY S.A.V.E, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to the aid and assistance of low-income pet owners residing in one of the five boroughs of New York City, whose pet is in need of emergency veterinary care.
 
New York
All4Pets – serving Western NY residents – (585) 424-1144
To provide a one-time grant of money to pay for medical care for pets whose caring, responsible owners are not able to pay for the care that will bring their pet back to health due to low income, personal crisis or disaster. Payments will be made directly to the medical care provider.
 
North Carolina
Ashley’s Angel Fund
Ashley's Angel Fund Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing monetary assistance for veterinary care to dog owners whose pet is facing a life-threatening condition.  By providing financial assistance in time of critical need, Ashley's Angel Fund seeks to perpetuate the bond that exists between people and their pets.  Ashley's Angel Fund is home to the Zach Memorial Fund, specifically for dogs with cancer, and the Ashley Fund for non-cancer cases. 
 
Oregon
The Bearen Foundation
We offer financial assistance to Lane County vet offices for qualified individuals who face veterinary expenses beyond their means.
 
Ohio
Good Sam Fund – (614) 846-5800

www.medvetfoundation.org/index.asp
The MedVet Good Sam (Special Assistance and Memorial) Fund was established in 1999, well before the development of the Foundation. Its mission was then, and still is, to provide financial aid and support for sick or injured stray animals who are admitted to MedVet by Good Samaritans and animal lovers.  Each grant for assistance is limited to $500 per doctor per year and per patient per year.  Please click here for the criteria for you and your pet.
 
Pennsylvania
Animal Care and Welfare (Pittsburgh, PA)
Through donations received from members and the public, Animal Care and Welfare, Inc. helps low-income animal guardians obtain medical care for their sick or injured pets and also promotes spaying and neutering through education and financial support.  Our Board members also rescue, foster, and adopt homeless pets.
 
Pennsylvania
Animal Care and Assistance Fund – (412) 348-2588
Animal Care and Assistance (ACAF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to promoting the health interests and welfare of animals and is the benevolent extension of the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC).
 
Pennsylvania
The Animal Rescue of Western PA – (412) 661.6452 x223 or x 211
The Animal Rescue League operates a low cost outpatient animal clinic for domestic dogs and cats. 
 
Pennsylvania
The Humane Society of Berks County Veterinary Hospital – (610) 921-2348
The Veterinary Hospital of the Humane Society of Berks County provides the best care by the best vets.  Our goal is to provide every pet owner with access to top quality vet care for their pets.  For the average pet owner, that means great care at average market rates and the satisfaction of knowing that the money you are spending on your pet's health care will be going to helping homeless, abused, and injured pets that would not be cared for without the Humane Society.  Those requiring a little extra help may choose to pre-apply for our sliding scale rates* based on financial need.
 
Rhode Island
RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation – (401) 521-PETS
Pet owners must be residents of Rhode Island and income-eligible to receive CAF assistance and apply for assistance through their veterinarian.  The Foundation has established a set of criteria, which allows participating veterinarians to determine whether a client is able to benefit from the fund.
 
Tennessee
Knox Pet Pantry - (865) 235-1176
Pantry Phone Number:  (865) 235-1176
No pet in our community should be surrendered to a shelter or abandoned due to economic hardship. Approximately 1 out of 6 families seeking help from food pantries also have pets that they cannot afford to feed. Our mission is to provide temporary assistance, in the form of food, to pet owners in Knox County and surrounding areas.
 
Texas
Texas  A&M College of Veterinary Medicine – (979) 845-9026
The Capper & Chris Save the Animals Fund wishes to help families in need with beloved family pets; especially those pets that would be euthanized rather than be helped when cost incurred would be impossible or a real hardship on a family. The Fund may contribute up to 50% of the total cost, with a maximum of $1000 per case. The animal must also have a treatable disease or injury.
 
Washington DC
PETS-DC
Email:  info@petsdc.org
PETS-DC is dedicated to improving the health and well being of people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabling conditions and their companion pets at no cost to individuals in the Metropolitan Washington area. 
 
Canada
Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society – (780) 732-3522 – Canada
The Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society is a registered charity in Alberta, Canada that is devoted to making cancer treatment for pets a reality. The Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund (in loving memory of a very special dog), was developed by ACTSS to insure that all pets, can receive cancer therapies, regardless of their owner's income.

Canada
The Farley Foundation (Ontario)
Pet owners who are concerned about the health of their pets or who are looking for assistance are requested to speak with their regular veterinarian. Pet owners cannot apply directly for Farley Foundation funding. All applications are made by veterinarians on behalf of pet owners. Pet owners will not receive any assistance through the Farley Foundation office. The Farley Foundation cannot recommend a veterinarian, nor discuss funding applications with pet owners.
 
United Kingdom
UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills

www.petloversonline.co.uk/financial.htm
Most of us can cope with the financial commitment involved in the day to day care of our pets. However, how many of us come out in a cold sweat when our pet is ill or injured and we know we have to take it to the vet? Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to afford it but, some of us who love our animals dearly cannot.
 
 

Organizations Offering Assistance Programs For Senior, Disabled or Ill Pet Owners

 
If you do not see an organization for your local area contact your local Humane Society or Animal Shelter as many of these have special programs to assist seniors and people with serious illness or disability.  You can also check the CDC Healthy Pets website - www.cdc.gov/healthypets/resources/local_organizations.htm
 
CALIFORNIA
Voice for the Animals Foundation, Helping Friends Program – (310) 392-5153
The Helping Friends Program gives seniors, people with disabilities, terminal illnesses, and individuals on fixed incomes the extra support they need to care for their animals, who often are their only companions. Our deepest appreciation goes to the individual donors whose generous support makes this program possible. If you need assistance from the Helping Friends program call our Hotline at 310-392-5153.
 
AniMeals Helen Woodward Animal Center,
www.animalcenter.org/animeals/
Our popular AniMeals program offers free pet food for the dogs and cats of elderly or disabled people throughout San Diego County. AniMeals helps keep people and their companion pets together by removing logistical and financial obstacles to ensure that clients will always be able to provide nutritious meals for their beloved pets.
 
The San Francisco SPCA Animal Hospital – (415) 554-3030
Comprehensive assistance programs help to provide spay/neuter surgeries for shelter animals, feral cats and pets of low-income San Francisco residents. Our medical care assistance covers acutely ill or seriously injured animals in our shelter as well as to animals who have homes but whose guardians require financial assistance. Please call our Client Service Representatives at 415.554.3030 to discuss your eligibility for financial assistance.  Available for San Francisco residents.
 
SHARE Marin Humane Society - (415) 883-4621  
The Side-by-Side program is the largest part of SHARE and is currently assisting 220 clients with 150 dogs, 196 cats and 38 birds. Side-by-Side matches financial support, volunteer efforts and donated services with qualified pet guardians in need. Assistance is offered in the form of pet food, veterinary care, grooming, regular visits to clients by volunteers, transportation to the veterinarian or groomer, walking dogs, maintaining litter boxes, and emergency boarding of pets in the event of clients' hospitalizations. Networking with other service organizations in the county is vital to coordinating assistance to the growing number of older adults in Marin. There are 90 volunteers working in the Side-by-Side
 
PAWS San Diego – (619) 297-PAWS (7297)
www.pawssdc.org
PAWS clients and their companion animals receive free pet food, cat litter and other supplies. Clients participating in the PAWS Program receive discounts and limited financial assistance for veterinary services. PAWS clients receive food and cat litter delivery, dog walking and litter box cleaning. Clients receive assistance with transportation of their companion animals to and from veterinarian and grooming appointments. Clients receive assistance with transportation of their companion animals to and from veterinarian and grooming appointments.
 
PALS - Pets Are Loving Support (707) 887-2729
www.sonic.net/~pals/mission/mission.html
Pets Are Loving Support is a non-profit agency organized to improve the quality of life of people with AIDS by preserving and promoting the human/animal bond through the care and maintenance of their animal companions
 
PAWS Los Angeles – (323) 464-7297
www.pawsla.org
Over the course of 20 years, PAWS/LA has continued to expand its scope to include as many disenfranchised animal guardians as our resources can afford. From 1989 when we assisted people living with HIV/AIDS to 2000 when we opened our doors to people struggling with other life-threatening illness to 2005 when we welcomed low-income seniors and their animals, we have been dedicated to preserving the benefits of animal companionship for those who need our help.
 
PAWS San Francisco – (415) 979-9550 ext. 302
Email: info@pawssf.org – attn: Tara Whitefield
PAWS provides comprehensive pet-related services to support to over 750 clients who are maintaining the guardianship and the love of more than 900+ companion animals. PAWS serves low-income San Francisco residents with disabling illnesses and seniors 65 and older.
 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
PETS-DC
Email:  info@petsdc.org
PETS-DC is dedicated to improving the health and well being of people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabling conditions and their companion pets at no cost to individuals in the Metropolitan Washington area.
 
GEORGIA
Pets are Loving Support assists - (404) 876-7257
P.A.L.S., a Non Profit 501 (c)(3) organization, provides pet care including free deliveries of food and supplies, basic veterinary care and transportation, foster care, referrals, and information and support to companion pets of senior citizens, the disabled, and the critically ill. Many of our clients face their struggles without family assistance, their only companion being their trusted pet. Many have chronic diseases such as AIDS and Cancer, and some are simply too old to care for their pets.
 
HAWAII
Hawaiian Humane Society: PALS Program – (808) 946-2187, ext. 217
When caring for a pet becomes difficult because of a person's illness or an emergency situation, Pals volunteers help by providing temporary pet care. Care can include feeding, grooming, dog walking, litter box and small cage cleaning and rides to the veterinarian. Pals services are available to the elderly, those temporarily hospitalized, the disabled and victims of domestic violence. Services are provided in your home or a foster care home by Humane Society volunteers free of charge. Food and veterinary expenses are the responsibility of the pet owner. Services are dependent on the availability of volunteers.
 
MASSACHUSETTS
Phinney's Friends (MSPCA) – (617) 524-5656
There are three main criteria that have to be met in order for one to become a Phinney's Friends client: A person has to carry a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS; A person has to demonstrate financial need for support from the Phinney's Friends program (i.e. by providing a copy of one's SSI or SSDI income statement); A person's pet(s) must be spayed or neutered. (Documentation is required for all 3 criteria) If you are interested in becoming client and meet all the 3 main criteria, please contact us.  We will need to complete paperwork on you and your pet. Typically a home visit is conducted, giving the client and pet the opportunity to meet the staff and vice versa.
 
MICHIGAN
Pet Support Services – (517) 267-9299
For seniors and people with a serious illness or disability, caring for a pet can be difficult.
Many must face giving up their pet, just when love and
companionship are needed most.
Pet Support Services helps senior citizens and people with special needs living in the Lansing, Michigan area to keep and care for their companion and service animals.
 
NEVADA
Shakespeare Animal Fund – (775) 342-7040

www.shakespeareanimalfund.org/
Anyone can apply for funds, but SAF offers assistance primarily to those on fixed incomes or with annual incomes below $35,000. Exceptions are made depending on circumstances. It is always a one-time grant
 
NEW JERSEY
PetPALS of Southern New Jersey – (856) 931-4399
The PetPALS Mission... PetPALS recognizes the importance of pets in the lives of many individuals, especially those faced with a serious illness. We strive to ensure animal companionship for as long as practically possible. Services offered to clients include home pet care and exercise, provision of pet supplies and food, free or subsidized veterinary care, short-term foster care, and permanent adoption. We further seek to educate the public about the benefits of animal companionship and responsible pet guardianship.
PetPALS of Southern New Jersey is a non-profit New Jersey corporation organized to provide services to the animal companions of people living with terminal, chronic or debilitating illness, or financially needy senior citizens. PetPALS' services are limited based on established policies, including a geographic limitation restricting services to Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.
 
NEW YORK
Humane Society of Lollypop Farm – (585) 23-1330 x251
Senior Citizen Pet Assistance provides financial assistance to seniors on fixed incomes who wish to continue living at home with a pet who is often their sole companion. A Pet Food Bank is maintained and can provide food on an emergency basis. For more information about this program, contact Craig Walker.
 
TEXAS
SPCA of Texas – (214) 461-1812
The Pet-O-Meals program provides free pet food to area organizations to assist their clients who are homebound, elderly or individuals on disability. 
 
UTAH
Pet Samaritan Fund
Financial assistance to Utah pet owners who cannot afford medical care for their pets due to extreme financial hardship (up to $100 upon receipt of veterinary billing statement)
 
WASHINGTON
Pet Project: Seattle-King County Humane Society - (425) 649-7566
The Seattle Humane Society provides services that help maintain the lifelong commitment of people and pets to qualified citizens in King County. Low-income senior citizens can receive a supplemental supply of pet food. People disabled by AIDS can receive pet food, supplies, grooming and veterinary care.
 
Washington State University
College of Veterinary Medicine Good Samaritan Fund Ė (509) 335-4835
To be eligible for financial support through the Good Samaritan fund:
Patients eligible for support will be common companion animal species. Such patients will have a need for life saving procedures and a reasonable prognosis for good long-term recovery.
Patients will be either ownerless or owned by clients that cannot pay for care due to circumstances beyond the client's control. Animals from animal control agencies, humane societies, and business entities will be considered owned and not eligible for funds.
Patients without an owner must have a temperament that does not prevent future adoption.   Good Samaritan funds are only awarded for treatment of animals at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.
 
Anacortes Animal Relief Fund (AARF) - (360) 293-2865   
AARF provides financial assistance for low-income pet owners of Anacortes, helping with vet bills, spay/neuter, local food bank donations and much more.  We do not have a shelter; however, we occasionally rescue and foster animals when we have foster families available.  We are completely non-profit, run solely by donations and volunteer efforts.
 
CANADA
Pet Program (Toronto PWA Foundation) – (416) 506-1400
Pets bring joy and comfort to their owners, and can be an especially valuable companion to people living with HIV/AIDS.
The Pet Program offers help to people living with HIV/AIDS who need assistance in caring for their cat or dog. In addition to supplying pet food through the food bank, PWA offers access to yearly checkups, vaccines and neutering or spaying at reduced rates through seven downtown veterinarians.  More information about the program can be obtained from the PWA Reception.
 
 

Breed specific

 
Contact the national club for your breed. In some cases, these clubs offer a veterinary financial assistance fund.
 
Bernese Mountain Dog
Berner Emergency Health Assistance Fund
BEHAF has been in existence since 1999. Please, if you have a purebred Berner with health issues, and treatment is being determined by financial constraints, contact us! We're here to help. We won't judge you, we promise! Our goal is purely and simply to make a difference in the lives of Bernese Mountain Dogs.
 
Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier Rescue Net
Our main objective is to raise money to help Bostons requiring assistance with medical and other expenses which are necessary to restore the rescued Boston to optimal health before placement. We help in the location of adoptive and foster homes for Bostons that have been abandoned, abused and unwanted by their owners, or homeless as a result of owner death or disability. We also assist other recognized Boston Terrier Rescue Groups through our activities.
 
Corgi
CorgiAid was established to fund the medical expenses of rescue Pembroke and Cardigan corgis and corgi mixes.  They provide funds for extraordinary expenses involved in care of rescue Corgi's who do NOT have permanent homes. These expenses could be such things as major medical expenses to provide quality of life for rescued animals, transportation expenses to move a rescued corgi long distances to a new home, and other similar expenses.
 
Doberman
Special Needs Dobermans
It is for special needs and senior Dobermans who need medical help. You can donate to help them, or have them put your Dobie up there if you need help too!!
 
Labrador
Labrador Lifeline
Labrador Life Line, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) Not for Profit Organization created to help owners or rescuers of Labrador Retrievers who are in need of financial assistance.
 
Labrador
LabMed: Rx For Rescued Labs – (972) 208-2470
www.labmed.org
E-mail: info@labmed.org
LABMED was founded to provide emergency monies to offset expenses incurred in the medical treatment of abandoned and/or injured Labrador Retrievers in need of rescue.
 
Labrador
Labrador Harbor
Labrador Harbor is committed to providing assistance to Labrador Retrievers of all ages, in permanent homes or within a California based non-profit rescue organization. We strongly believe that all Labs, regardless of age, deserve to live quality lives with people who love them. Labrador Harbor may assist with funding medical intervention, as well as training or other special care that may be necessary to enhance quality of life.
 
Boxer
Boxer through Toby's Gift
Toby's Gift is a special fund to help Boxers in need. While the main mission of the Boxer Rescue Foundation is to provide financial assistance to Boxer rescue groups to help with the costs of foster care, there are many Boxers that fall through the cracks. They are dearly loved by individuals or families; they come from good homes but their owners find themselves facing huge veterinary bills while in a temporary financial crisis. It can happen to anyone. Toby's Gift will help these Boxers in cases of emergency medical need. Monetary assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will greatly depend on need, veterinarian's prognosis, and financial status of the fund. Funds will be paid directly to the veterinarian.
 
Boxer
The ABRA Boxer ER Fund has been set up for assistance for rescued boxers, from any rescue group. Each application will be assessed individually. These guidelines will be followed to determine if the dog is eligible for assistance through the ABRA Boxer ER Fund.  Please see criteria here
 
Dalmation
Dalmatians - (440) 937-4000
www.myjakebrady.com/memorial_fund.shtml
The Jake Brady Memorial Fund is dedicated to providing financial support to companion animals in need for the prevention and treatment of major health ailments. Ensuring the ability to receive quality treatment and provide for the well being of companion animals will always be our primary objective.
 
Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers (rescued dogs)
General Fund : The fund is for Golden Retrievers and Golden hearted dogs.  Primary Focus is medical for non golden retrievers, or golden retrievers that do not fit the criteria of the other funds.  This is also the fund for all dogs needing transportation, boarding or behavioral evaluations
GoldenMED: Will consider monetary assistance towards emergency medical expenses for ONLY Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixes, who are abandoned or in need of rescue, and for whom other funding is not available, or is insufficient.  No age restrictions.
Sierra Fund: A fund to aid Golden Retrievers and golden hearted dogs in rescue under 5 years of age with suspected forms of cancer.
Helen Redlus Memorial Fund: For senior and special needs Goldens.  Will consider providing assistance for extraordinary medical expenses for ONLY Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixes who are 8 years of age or older or where the medical needs are extraordinary in a dog of any age.
 
Fox Terrier - Purebred Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier only
Fox Terrier Network Inc.Daisy Fund
The Daisy Fund helps those purebred Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier rescue fox terriers that have come through either an animal shelter, an all breed rescue group or a Fox Terrier Rescue group. It allows these dogs to be placed in loving homes to live out their lives and for the owners to know that there is help if there is a major problem.
 
Great Pyrenees
Pyramedic
Often people are unable to afford the necessary medical treatments to sustain a good "quality of life" for their Great Pyrenees when the dog has an unforeseen illness or emergency crisis. Unfortunately, suffering and/or unnecessary death of the dog are the final result. We, at PYRAMEDIC, have dedicated ourselves to the continued health and well-being of the breed and are determined to alleviate such tragedies whenever possible.
 
Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier
Pit Bull Rescue Central
www.pbrc.net/fund/financial.html
Do you have a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix in need? Whether you are a rescuer, foster home, shelter or Pit Bull owner, we may be able to help. 
 
Scotties and Westies
Dougals Fund
Dougal's Fund, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable purposes to provide funds for medical care of pets, mainly small, short legged terriers such as Scotties, Westies, Cairns, Norwich, Norfolk, etc., in alleviation of the pet’s pain and suffering when financial need has been demonstrated.  Dougal's normally determines financial need as that instance where professional medical care will not be provided due to the inability of the pet's guardian/s to pay for the services.
 
Westies/West Highland White Terrier
Westie Med – (877) 853-9469
Applying for financial assistance from WESTIEMED is a simple process, but we regret that not all applicants, dogs, or medical conditions will meet our funding criteria. To determine whether your Westie is eligible for financial assistance through WESTIEMED, please click here.
 
 

Spay and Neuter Resources


Spay/USA - (800-248-7729).
Spay/USA is a program of North Shore Animal League America, is a nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter services. Our mission is to end the suffering of innocent dogs and cats by reducing the number of unwanted births. Anyone who needs assistance finding affordable spay/neuter services can benefit by using the Spay/USA referral service.
 
Spay Pasco - (352-585-6205)
The Coalition for Animal Welfare, West Central Florida applied for and received a generous grant from the Florida Animal Friend License Plate Fund. This grant along with the support of participating Pasco and Hernando County Veterinarians allows us to assist low income pet owners in Pasco and Hernando Counties with spaying and neutering their pets.
 
WeSnip.org - (360-733-6549)
The WeSNIP program was created to provide high-quality spay and neuter service to low income owners.  Owners receiving public assistance (SSD/SSI, food stamps, and others) or of very low income call or email to discuss your eligibility.  Surgery services are free for pet owners receiving significant public assistance (see above).  For pet owners not receiving public assistance but of very lower income (see above) affordable surgery fees apply.  Pets with appointments for surgery are eligible for other services as well.  Cats and dogs from Whatcom County are our priority.  Skagit County pet owners can call and we will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.  Because of funding constraints, pets outside of Whatcom and Skagit counties will not be eligible.
 
The spay station is a mobile spay/neuter bus.  Services are provided first to low-income individuals.  If there is room on-board for those not on public assistance, services are provided at low cost. All supportive medical care such as flea control, vaccinations, de-woprming, ear mite medication, and microchipping are cash only services priced for all income levels.
 
N.O.A.H. (Stanwood WA)  (360) 629-7055
N.O.A.H. Animal Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center is a non-profit dedicated to stopping the euthanasia of pets in NW Washington.  Our low-income spay/neuter clinic is open every day and offers reduced cost spays and neuters for the pets of lower income families.  Vaccinations and microchipping can be given at the time of surgery but are not provided as a separate service.  Please call us to determine if you quality to use our services.  Appointments are required.
 
NeuterSpay.org - searchable database
NeuterSpay.org provides an up to date searchable database of USA Nationwide low cost or free spay & neuter resources for pets and feral cats.  You may search by city, state, zipcode, county or area code and choose to find resources for pets or feral cats.
 

Do Your Own Fundraising

 
Have a garage sale or sell all that stuff you no longer need at EBay or Craig’s List
 
Start a fundraising campaign at www.fundable.com
Online fundraising doesn't have to be hard. Whether you're raising money from hundreds of supporters or just friends and family, Fundable lets you fundraise quickly and effectively. Need to do a fundraiser for something big like an independent film or an unexpected vet bill?
 
Ask your veterinarian!  Many clinics maintain a fund through which they help clients in need of financial assistance for their dog's medical care.
 
Barter services or goods.  Read about bartering, check out several of the bartering organizations and do your homework first.  A few links are provided to get you started.
 

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