VET ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
We're providing this information as a public service only and we are not responsible for any inaccuracies. This is a list of organizations that help owners that cannot afford vet care. Some assist rescue organizations and homeless pets.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
Set up a fundraising page for your animal using an online donation service.
Some examples of these online organizations are:
The Mosby Foundation
The Mosby Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization specializing in paying medical expenses for sick, abused and neglected dogs. Many of these dogs have been abandoned with no one to speak on their behalf, or to help them live the lives all dogs are meant to live. Others have owners with limited means for providing adequate medical attention for their pets. Completion of an application requesting financial assistance is required. Verification of medical need and medical services is made with the attending veterinary hospital. Each request is reviewed individually to determine the amount of funding the applicant could receive. Payment is made directly to the attending hospital. The Mosby Foundation also offers the following programs for assistance: Spay/Neuter fund and Humane Education for elementary schools.
Dogs on Deployment
Dogs on Deployment promotes life-long, responsible pet-ownership by providing military members the ability to find boarding homes during service commitments. Additionally, we want to make sure your pet's good health is not only a priority, but achievable. We understand on military pay, providing both essential and emergency care for your pets can be challenging. In order to help ensure you have peace of mind regarding your pet's care, we offer a Pet Chit.
The Magic Bullet Fund
The Magic Bullet Fund helps people who have made room in their homes and hearts for a canine companion, but do not have the financial resources to provide cancer treatment. To the caretaker of a dog with cancer, the focus is not on advancing medical science or curing cancer! It is to spare or prolong the life of a beloved companion.
The Magic Bullet Fund is about giving every dog the chance he or she deserves to survive cancer. At best, it is about beating cancer. At least, it is about giving people and their dogs more time together – more time to find out if their dog may survive cancer, and to create a few more precious moments and lasting memories.
The Pet Fund
“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 emergency vet visits. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent 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.”
“The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care.”
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program (FVEAP)
Fax: (888) 301-4264
“The NEED & The HELP: 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.”
Handicapped Pets Foundation
“The Handicapped Pets foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the health and well-being of elderly, disabled, and injured pets. We donate mobility equipment to pets in need.”
“Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. For lonely seniors, physically/mentally challenged individuals and children of working parents, pets represent much more than a diversion.”
Pet insurance can provide coverage for vet bills, behavior therapies and wellness programs. Unfortunately, pet insurance is often difficult to understand, and quality of coverage varies by company. The link above provides a resource that compares different pet insurance companies.
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. Many assistance programs will require you to apply for Care Credit first. “Care Credit, the leader in patient/client financing, has helped more than 3 million patients/clients get the treatment or procedures they needed and wanted. 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.”
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Brown Dog Foundation
“We are an organization dedicated to helping families who find themselves in a temporary financial crisis at the same time their pet requires life-saving treatment or life-sustaining medications. We provide assistance to families who normally live above the poverty line, but have experienced a financial setback – unemployment, unexpected and major medical bills, loss of home, etc. We are designed as a one-time benefit in most situations. We are committed to ensuring we help maintain and strengthen the bond between pets and their families during times of unexpected financial crisis.”
Canine Cancer Awareness
Canine Cancer Awareness is a tax-deductible non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the prevalence of canine cancer, its effects and the available treatment options. Donations made to Canine Cancer Awareness are used for veterinary care for dogs with cancer whose families are financially unable to provide treatment.
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. Any donations made to Cody’s Club are tax deductible, and will go exclusively to benefit other animal lovers who are simply trying to get the best and most comprehensive care for their pets alive when faced with the tragedy of cancer.
Shakespeare Animal Fund
“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.”
Tails of Hope Foundation
“Tails of Hope’s mission is to help companion animals live longer, healthier lives. We carry out this mission through the implementation of assistance, educational and informational programs. Our assistance programs are aimed at providing help to individuals whose companion animals are suffering from life-threatening diseases and to the veterinary hospitals treating such animals. The goals of our educational and informational programs are to advance the state of cutting-edge veterinary medicine and to educate the veterinary medical community and the public about critical issues in veterinary medicine and technology.
Our principal programs include:
Sponsor-A-Pet™ Program. Under the Sponsor-A-Pet™ Program, Tails of Hope underwrites the cost of veterinary care for companion animals suffering from cancer or other life-threatening diseases whose owners cannot afford to pay for such care.
Quality-of-Life Program. Tails of Hope’s Quality-of-Life Program undertakes such projects as the establishment of meditation gardens and comfort rooms at veterinary hospitals, respite care programs to assist individuals in caring for ailing companion animals and the donation of much needed food, equipment and other supplies to both individuals and veterinary hospitals.