The organizations listed below may be able to help with your individual veterinary expenses. Like “Pets of the Homeless” they have specific missions and criteria to meet in order to qualify. Many are specific to one breed, so check with the local breed rescue organization to see if there is one for your pet. Also, check with your local shelter or chapter of the humane society. These organizations typically know of other organizations that may help only on a local level. Many SPCA’s offer low cost or free spay/neutering and vaccines.
Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) is the only national initiative dedicated to providing guidance to family violence shelters on how to house pets with their families.
Ahimsa House, Inc. Helping people and pets across Georgia escape domestice violence.
- The RedRover Relief Program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations. www.redrover.org/relief
- The Paw Fund offers no charge spay/neuter and vaccination clinics plus has a Medical Emergency Fund in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties in CA
- The Betty Fund Asheville, NC apply for funds
- Homeless Gear in Colorado
- Vets on Wheels for Northeast Ohio starting in Cuyahoga County- 216-920-3051
- PAWS- San Francisco, 415-979-9550
- PAWS-Los Angeles, CA 213-741-1950
- GetPetCoupons is a website for pet owners to save money on RX and other pet supplies
- The website at the Human Society has a very comprehensive list of pet financial-aid organzaitons, the link is humanesociety.org/animals/resources/
- Ariels Angels Philadelphia, PA 267-625-9745 http://www.arielsangels.org/
- Spay/Neuter Free call HEAL for appt. 909-436-8065 San Bernardino, CA residents
- HoPe Veterinary Center – 1827 Pontius Ave. Los Angeles, CA. Open 1 Sat. a month 877-910-4682
- Others in the Los Angeles Area
- Actors & Others for Animals (818) 755-6045
- Amanda Foundation (888) FIX-PETT
- SPCA LA (888) 772-2521
- Spay & Neuter Animal Network (805) 646-1919
- Sam Simon Foundation (888) 364-7729
- Pet Assistance Foundation (877) 772-9738
- PAWS LA (323) 464-7297
- Animal Medical Center (714) 531-1155
- Friends of Animals (800) 321-7387
- Animals Anonymous (310) 745-1308
- Westside Rescue Fresno, CA www.westsiderescueonline.org
- Portland Animal Welfare Team (OR)
NW185th Ave #125
Portland OR 97229
- Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland OR (ASAP) offers cat spay/neuter $10 copay 530-710-8373
- Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund 503-286-2411 oregonspayneuter.org/sncoupon.pdf
- No Paws Left Behind, Inc. Houston, TX, 281-994-4546 www.nopawsleftbehind.org
- Pet Assistance Network listings of help by State
- The American Veterinary Medical Association lists accredited veterinary colleges on its website. Some veterinary schools may treat pets at a reduced cost. You would need to find a veterinary college near you and then contact them to inquire about their policies for treating personal pets.
- Shakespeare Animal Fund
- Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ 602-230-HELP http://lostourhome.rescuegroups.org/
- Friends of Long Beach Animals in Long Beach, CA
- Pro-Bone-O in Eugene, OR
- P.A.L.S. of Central Texas
- Hope Animal Foundation, 5490 W. Spruce Ave., Fresno, CA 559-271-0209 www.hopeaf.com low cost spay/neutering and vaccines
- Pets for Life, a program in New York to help you keep your pet. nycacc.org/safetynet.htm
- PAWS NY help available in New York City pawsny.org
- ARF’ Medical Fund for Contra Costa, Calif. residents 925-256-1273
- Cody’s Club NOTE: Provides funds to help offset the cost of radiation treatment. Also provides a support hotline staffed by owners who have had dogs with cancer.
- Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program (881) 301-4264
- Help-A-Pet (630) 986-9504
- IMOM, In Memory of Magic
- The Pet Fund (916) 443-6007
- CareCredit NOTE: CareCredit extends a line of credit specifically for healthcare expenses (including veterinary bills). The site allows users to search for veterinarians in their area that accept CareCredit.
- Free Spay-Neuter programs in the U.S.
neuterspay.org / spayusa.org
- Brown Dog Foundation is dedicated to maintaining the bond between pets and their families during times of financial crisis when their pet requires life-saving treatment or life-sustaining medications. The family must complete an “apply for assistance” survey online. This generates an email reviewed by a Case Manager within 24 hours. browndogfoundation.org
- The Top Dog Foundation Bentley Grant focuses on dogs 10 years of age and older (adjusted by breed) with health issues that require medical procedures and/or ongoing medications and special care and supports situations where the owner wants to keep their aging dog, but cannot afford procedures or medications necessary to allow for a continued quality of life. Applications are available online. Grants are made each quarter, not to exceed $5,000. Grand application deadlines are Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 1.
- Feline Outreach
- Cats In Crisis
- The Perseus Foundation (Cancer specific)
- Canine Cancer Awareness
- Diabetic Pets Fund
- The Mosby Foundation
- Magic Bullet Fund (Cancer Specific)
- The Binky Foundation
- God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity
- Good Sam Fund
- American Animal Hospital Association’s Helping Pets Fund works with AAHA-accredited veterinary practices to identify pets in need. Accredited practices may then apply for assistance from the Fund for emergency and non-elective treatment of abandoned pets and pets whose owners are facing financial hardship. The Fund does not accept applications from individuals, but you should ask your veterinarian to apply on your behalf.
- Pet Clinic for Homeless- St. Francis House Pet Care Clinic Gainesville, FL 352-870-0814
- The Savior Foundation
- Help-A-Pet is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for the medical care of pets of physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens, and children of the working poor. Each pet owner is asked to pay as much as they can towards the cost of care. Download application online. Phone: 630-986-9504.
- Los Angeles Pet Sitter: Find a pet sitter, search them by zip code. If you are homeless ask for a discount on the fee.
- Contra Costa County, CA: Supportive Services for Veteran Families. Homeless or at risk of homelessness looking to maintain permanent housing.
- Oregon: Providing Financial Support for Emergency Vet care in Oregon
- Kansas, Topeka: PANT (Pet Assistance Network of Topeka) 785-270-8104
- Stamford, CT: Stamford Animal Rescue’s vision is to ensure that no Connecticut pet guardian will ever have to abandon their pet due to economic hardship.
- Minnesota, 5th Ward Residents: Free spay and neuter services to residents of the 5th Ward whose total household income is less than $40,000.00 a year.
- Massachusetts: Upcoming CatMobile Spay/Neuter Clinics
Here are a few websites for groups that provide financial assistance for specific breeds:
- Akita Rescue Fund–financial assistance to individuals and/or groups relating to emergency expenses for purebred Akitas who are abandoned, rescued, or waiting at a municipal shelter
- Australian Cattle Dog Rescue, Inc. (ACDRI) financial assistance program–for persons or groups rescuing purebred Australian Cattle Dogs. This major medical assistance is available for expenses which are above and beyond the routine examination, vaccination, spay/neuter, heartworm test and intestinal parasite test expenses
- Berner Emergency Health Assistance Fund–financial assistance to owners of Bernese Mountain Dogs who need help when their dogs are accidentally injured or develop catastrophic medical conditions
- Boxer Rescue Foundation–financial assistance for rescued Boxers while in foster care
- Chow Chow Welfare Fund–financial assistance to rescue volunteers to help offset the costs of basic medical services needed to make homeless purebred Chow Chows healthy and ready for placement.
- CorgiAid–financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes that are rescued from shelters or are in other non-permanent, foster homes
- Special Needs Dobermans–helps senior and special needs Dobermans
- Goldstock Fund–funds to rescue organizations or individuals to pay for transportation, boarding, evaluations and medical costs of golden retrievers
- PYRAMEDIC Trust–financial assistance for Great Pyrenees’ owners/rescuers in need of emergency medical care
- Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Foundation–financial assistance for the medical expenses of rescued Keeshonds in foster care
- LABMED–monetary assistance for emergency medical expenses for Labrador Retrievers or Lab mixes who are abandoned or rescued
- Labrador Lifeline–for owners and rescuers of Labs in need of assistance
- Pit Bull Rescue Central–helps pits and pit mixes in need
- TSCA Rescue & Health Trust–financial assistance to those who rescue Tibetan Spaniels
- WestieMed–helping rescued Westies in need of medical attention
Other information that may be helpful:
- Pet Doc on Call is a website that can help answer questions petdocsoncall.com/
- Healthy Pets at Home: A Guide for Cat and Dog Owners
- Pet Coupons Central
- Pittsburgh Launches Free Spay and Neuter Program: 3001 Railroad St, Pittsburgh, PA 1520 (412) 255-2036 http://www.essentialpublicradio.org/story/2012-02-28/pittsburgh-launches-free-spay-and-neuter-program-10323