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Organizations Offering Financial Assistance 
for Pets' Veterinary Bills

What You Can Do If You Are Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care

Often animals are euthanized or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford even basic medical care, let alone expensive surgery or emergency vet visits. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to euthanize a loved pet or postpone urgent medical needs because of the costs involved. While costs are an inevitable part of the responsibility of owning companion animals, the reality is that many pet owners find themselves in the position of not being able to provide much needed, life saving and life enhancing medical care for their pets. 

We have provided links to programs that help pet owners cover emergency medical expenses or 
other lifesaving medical treatment.

Note:  This list is a work in progress - if you need assistance, please check back often 
and contact agencies in your area who may be ble to refer you. 

How can individuals raise money?
  • - register, set it up for a particular need and the program accepts donations  - there is a fee, of course, but it might be worth looking into as a great way for an owner to network family, friends, etc., for donations - check out

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    If you have a specific breed of dog, contact the National Club for that breed. In some cases, these clubs offer a veterinary financial assistance fund.

    American Animal Hospital Association
    (866) 4HELPETS

    AAHA Helping Pets Fund
    12575 W Bayaud Ave
    Lakewood, CO 80228
    Phone: 866/4HELPETS (866/443-5738)
    Fax: 720/963-4404
    email inquiries to:

    American Animal Hospital Association
    (866) 4HELPETS
    "The heartbreak happens all too often. A pet owner is unable to afford treatment and their sick or injured companion animal pays the price. If the owner is elderly, disabled or on a fixed income, the cost of care may be too much of a stretch for their pocketbook. Perhaps they have been victimized by crime, property loss or a job layoff and are experiencing a temporary financial hardship? Making it too difficult to afford pet care. And some animals, brought to clinics by Good Samaritans, don't have an owner to pay for treatment. Whatever the situation, the fact remains the same: When sick or injured animals are unable to receive veterinary care, they suffer. Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."

    Angels 4 Animals 

    Angels4Animals - Contact 
    Inner Voice Community Services 
    c/o Angels4Animals
    3941 Park Dr Ste 20-135 
    El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 

    Phone: 916-941-9119
    Fax: 916-290-0598

    Angels 4 Animals (resource for owners)

    "Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal ownersshould not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Ourwork is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics acrossthe country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, aspossible. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatmentto those pets and pet owners in need."

    Bearen Foundation

    Bearen Foundation (Lane County, Oregon, residents)
    Mission: "We believe that financial circumstances should not determine whether a beloved family member lives or dies. We offer financial assistance to qualified individuals facing veterinary expenses beyond their means...We offer financial assistance to Lane County vet offices for qualified individuals who face veterinary expenses beyond their means."

    Canine Cancer

    Canine Cancer
    Mission: "To raise and disseminate funds so as to provide financial assistance to owners of dogs who have been diagnosed with cancer who would otherwise be unable to provide treatment." (Fabulous supplement exchange program!)

    Cans for Pets Recycling Program

    Cans for Pets Recycling Program
    Funds raised through the Cans for Pets Recycling Program, will go towards a special financial assistance program which will provide limited emergency assistance for responsible pet owners whose pet is in need of emergency medical treatment and who without financial assistance may not be able to access the treatment.

    Care Credit

    Care Credit (resource for owners and rescue organizations)

    A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. 
    "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."

    Cats in Crisis

    Cats in Crisis
    "Cats in Crisis Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance."

    Cody's Club

    Cody's Club
    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.


    (Financial Assistance, Care and Education)
    FACE was created in July 2006 and approved by the Internal Revenue Service on January 3,2008 as an independent Not-for-Profit 501 (c) 3 public Charitable Foundation for the purpose of providing assistance in the form of Grants to animal owners for the care and treatment of their pets needing specialty medical care. FACE’s primary purpose is to provide assistance in funding needed to pay for veterinary specialty treatment of pets whose owners cannot afford the total expenses of the treatment.

    Feline Outreach

    Feline Outreach
    "Feline Outreach is a charitable organization formed to promote the routine and medical care of companion animals, particularly cats. Among other goals, the organization maye enable shelters and the public to adopt, keep, and/or care for companion animals, particularly those with special needs - this support may be financial, educational, or in other forms."

    Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)

    Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (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."



    Can help organizations set up on-line fundraising. Will also assist 
    individuals with setting up 
    fundraising for animals in need of extensive medical care.

    Goldstock Fund GOLDSTOCK FUND: The Fund's mission is to provide funds to rescue organizations or individuals to pay for transportation, boarding, evaluations and medical costs of golden retrievers and golden hearted dogs taken into rescue. The Goldstock General Fund also supports other breeds of dogs in rescue situations, and also provides educational information and materials to rescues and the public. 
    Good Sam Fund Good SAM (Special Assistance and Memorial Fund) was established to create financial aid for sick or injured animals who either are stray or client-owned animals in special circumstances. The fund is supported entirely by outside donations and your pet must meet one part of their criteria to be considered for financial assistance.

    Handicapped  (resource for owners and rescue organizations)

    "From time to time, recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help. There are those who are so selflessly dedicated to their animal families that they give up a little more than they can afford."


    By Mail: Help-A-Pet
    P.O. Box 244
    Hinsdale, IL 60522

    By Fax: (630) 986-9141

    (resource for owners) 
    "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."

    HelpYourDogFight Cancer


    If you have a dog with cancer, you know better than most why there is a great 
    need for financial assistance for those who cannot afford cancer treatment for their loving and beloved pups. If you are able to give, donations are desperately needed by the Magic Bullet Fund and by all of the organizations below. Your donation will be greatly appeciated by the people whose dogs who would otherwise not be able to have treatment.If you are in need of assistance:

    • Ask if a discount program is offered by one of your local veterinary clinics or hospitals. Many veterinary school treatment centers have affiliated foundations to help clients without resources.
    • Apply to CareCredit.
    • Attempt to secure a bank loan 
    • Contact the organizations listed on their website and elsewhere

    Humane Society of the United States

    Foreclosure Pets Grant Program
    The Humane Society of the United States offers  grants of up to $2,000 to animal shelters, non-sheltered rescue/adoption groups and animal care and control agencies to help establish, expand, or publicize services or programs that assist individuals in caring for their pets during the current economic downturn.

    Shelter Partners
    This program is designed to provide participating shelters with savings on products and services, discounts on HSUS publications, training events, and more. Current offers include free kits from Precious Cat Litters.


    IMOM (resource for owners and rescue organizations)
    "Mission Statement: Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged." Note: IMOM also assists rescue organizations. Cases must be approved PRIOR
    to start of treatment.  (IMOM has a special fund for diabetic pets)

    LABMED, Inc.
    3941 Legacy Drive 
    Suite 204, #A115
    Plano, TX 75023
    Phone: 972-208-2470

    LABMED, Inc.
    Available to: rescuers/adopters of labs and lab crosses whose recent rescues are in need of treatment. 

    Labrador Life Line
    Labrador Life Line
    Labrador Life Line recognizes the tremendous need to aid those purebred Labrador Retrievers in need of new homes, urgent medical care, or other assistance in order to live a full and productive life. Too often these needs go unaddressed, resulting in the needless suffering and death of America's most beloved canine companion. Labrador Life Line is determined to alleviate such tragedies through the efforts of its volunteers wherever and whenever possible. These dogs simply deserve no less.

    Labrador Life Line will, upon application and approval, disburse appropriate funds to help these dogs in need. LLL hopes to accomplish the following objectives:

    To provide assistance to dogs who are
    (a) with an individual, family or life partners but for valid reasons, the family/individual/life partners cannot provide the required help for the dog's condition;
    (b) currently or will be placed in rescue situations;
    (c) are currently at a shelter with which LLL has a current Memorandum of Understanding in force.


    Land of Pure Gold

    Land of Pure Gold
    Our mission is to promote responsible dog care and develop creative media that embraces The Bond to raise monies for cancer treatment and research in comparative oncology. (Assistance for Golden Retreiver working dogs with cancer.)
    The Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund
    The Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund (a program of the Animal Cancer Therapy
    Subsidization Society)
    subsidizes pets in Alberta, Canada whose owners would not have otherwise been
    able to pay for
    extensive cancer therapies.

    The Magic Bullet Fund

    The Magic Bullet Fund
    Fighting cancer one dog at a time.  Nationwide financial assistance for people who have dogs with cancer but cannot a
    fford treatment. Founded by Laurie Kaplan and the Perseus Foundation, the fund gives more dogs with cancer a fighting chance to 

     USA programs that provide low cost or free spay/neuter for pet cats and dogs, 
    as well as strays and feral cats are searchable by city, state, county, zipcode and area code using our database search. There are also a few US nationwide programs that are available to anyone living in the United States if they qualify. Some programs work only with pets of people with low incomes, while others do not consider income at all but serve only pet cats -- or only feral (untamed) cat. Some other programs serve all kinds of people and cats. If that information was provided to us it is noted below the listing. You are advised to call the program to be certain the information is up to date.

    New Hampshire Foundation for Companion Animal Care , Inc. 

    New Hampshire Foundation for Companion Animal Care , Inc. 
    Merrimack, New Hampshire

    "The New Hampshire Foundation for Companion Animal Care, NHFCAC, is dedicated to the principle that animals improve the quality of people's lives. The well-being of these animal friends is too important to neglect when financial resources are limited. The foundation enables people to help animals, who help people, in an unbroken circle of care."

    Orthodogs' Silver Lining 

    Ortho Dogs Silver Lining (resource for owners and rescue organizations)

    Canine orthopedic conditions and injuries are typically very expensive to
    treat medically and often the costs of treatment impose heavy financial burdens on caregivers. The intent of the Orthodogs' Silver Lining Foundation (OSLF) fund is to provide financial assistance to those families or individuals who find themselves in a position in which they cannot provide medical care for their companion
    dogs.Note: Orthodogs also assists rescue organizations.

    The Pet Fund

    ALL applicants are REQUIRED to contact The Pet Fund by phone BEFORE applying for funding. Call 916-443-6007.

    The Pet Fund (resource for owners)

    "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
    animalmedical care need never be made on the basis of cost."

    Petco Foundation
    Paul Jolly, Director
    7262 N. Rosemead Blvd.
    San Gabriel, CA 91775
    Fax: 626-287-9704

    The Petco Foundation's mission is to support community organizations and efforts that enhance the lives of companion animals while strengthening the bond between people and pets. The foundation was established in 1999 as a result of Petco's continued hands-on involvement with animal welfare agencies across the country. The foundation has raised and distributed more than $42 million. More than 5,000 local animal welfare groups from around the country have received support from the foundation. Applicants should be local organizations able to enlist the support of their local Petco stores. The Petco Foundation supports the "Think Adoption First" initiative for all species.
    Range: Amount varies.
    Deadline: Applications accepted year-round.

    PetSmart Charities Inc.
    Susana Della Maddalena, Executive Director
    19601 N. 27th Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85027
    1-800-423-PETS or 623-587-2832
    Fax: 623-580-6561

    PetSmart Charities Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has funded more than $70 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 3.3 million pets. PetSmart Charities also provides free educational opportunities via its Webinar program.
    Range: Amount varies.
    Deadline: Based on state; see website for details.

    Pit Bull Rescue Central

    Pit Bull Rescue Central 

    Assistance: medical treatment and S/N funding. Guidelines online. 
    Available to: shelter organizations, foster care givers, rarely individuals whose personal animals are in need. 

    Shakespeare Animal Fund

    Shakespeare Animal Fund, 
    P.O. Box 8201 Reno, NV 89507
    Phone: 775-342-7040


    Shakespeare Animal Fund
    (775) 342-7040
    "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"

    Smiling Blue Skies

    Smiling Blue Skies
    On March 27,2001, our beautiful Blues lost his battle with lymphoma. In Blues'
    memory, aspecial cancer fund has been set up through the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund.

    Spay USA

    Spay USA

    "SPAY/USA, 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."

    "Help us end pet overpopulation! Call us toll-free at 1-800-248-SPAY (1-800-248-7729). Our phone counselors are available Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST."

    Special Needs Dobermans

    Special Needs Dobermans 

    Available to: people owning (purebred) Dobermans with special medical needs who are financially constrained. 

    Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation STARFLEET CANINE AID FOUNDATION: SCAF was created to provide financial aid to owners or rescue organizations that could not otherwise afford medical treatment for the curable disease or recoverable accident of a canine companion.

    United Animal Nations

    (916) 429-2457

    United Animal Nations - Lifeline Program

    United Animal Nations - Resource List

    United Animal Nations (resource for owners and rescue organizations)

    "The LifeLine Grant Program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal 
    rescuers, non-profit organizations and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations."

    Includes links to other resources by organization/state/province as well as ideas for fundraising.

    Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

    Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

    Links to organizations offering financial assistance.


    Contact information:
    C/O 8415 Canning Terrace
    Greenbelt, MD 20770-2703
    Phone: 877-853-9469


    Available to: owners of Westies or westie crosses who are abandoned, rescued or recently adopted. 

    Assistance: will assist with non-routine medical expenses for the above dogs. Guidelines online. 

    United States

    Los Angeles area:
    Actors and Others for Animals

    Redwood City area:

    Bay Cities area:


    (Denver, Colorado) Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital, Colorado's largest non-profit veterinary hospital., offers veterinary services to individuals,to more than 60 rescue and shelter groups, and to organizations that are in need of veterinary care for service animals or therapy animals. A team of seven staff veterinarians and a pool of referral surgeons offers care for critically injured animals procedures. Nantucket MSPCA


    Greater Androscoggin Humane Society

    New York
    N.Y. SAVE 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.

    North Carolina
    Ashley's Angel Fund  is a nonprofit organization providing monetary assistance for veterinary care for dogs with a life-threatening condition. It was established to make the decision easier for guardians facing the high cost of care. 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.

    Rhode Island

    Washington State

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