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Title: Financial Assistance for Veterinary Bills
Source: VP Client Information Sheets
Authored by: Phyllis DeGioia, Editor
Address (URL): When clients can’t afford to pay for a pet’s treatment, everyone loses. The animal suffers or is euthanized; the owner grieves from loss or guilt; the veterinarian aches knowing what could have been done.

Thankfully, due to the recent recession, numerous nonprofit organizations have been created to help pet owners pay for veterinary care they cannot afford. For high-end costs, such as cancer or orthopedic surgery, most of these organizations will kick in part of the necessary cost, not all of it. For smaller needs, such as dentals in a diseased mouth, some organizations may foot the entire bill. Some routine care is covered, although most of these funds are for emergency or long-term treatment.

The organizations listed below that are based in the United States are listed at Guide Star as having a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, unless otherwise noted.

Before applying, be sure to read the organization’s guidelines, and be certain to fill out the entire application.

If you know of an organization offering assistance with veterinary treatment bills and would like to see it listed here, please email it to

Disease-Specific Organizations

Big Hearts Fund, for heart disease

Canine Cancer Awareness, cancer treatment for dogs

Cats in Crisis, for cats with kidney, thyroid, neurological or cardiac disease

Diabetic Cats in Need, for shelters, rescues, low-income owners

Dog and Cat Cancer Fund, cancer treatment

FETCH a Cure, for pets with cancer

Joshua Lewis Cancer Foundation, pets with cancer

Magic Bullet Fund, dogs with cancer

PieFund, focuses on cancer

Riedel Cody Fund, cancer treatment

Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation, dogs with cancer

National Organizations in the United States

American Humane Association’s Second Chance Fund, for nonprofits helping homeless victims of abuse or neglect (numerous species)

Brown Dog Foundation, for sick pets that would likely respond to treatment

Buddy Care Foundation, for critical medical care

Cody’s Club, [not a 501(c)(3)] radiation treatment at nonprofits

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance, for cats with life-threatening illness or injury

Frankie’s Friends, for emergency and specialty care

Handicapped Pets Foundation, provides equipment

IMOM (In Memory of Magic), non-routine care for companion animals

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners, for assistance dogs

Mosby Foundation, critically sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs

National Equine Resource Network, life-saving surgeries or treatments

Onyx and Breezy Foundation, medical treatment for hardship

Paws 4 a Cure, illnesses and injuries

Pet Fund, medical costs beyond normal expenses

RedRover/United Animal Nations, grants between $100 and $200 to fill small funding gaps

Shakespeare Animal Fund, for those meeting federal poverty guidelines

Regional Organizations

Actors and Others for Animals, for low/fixed income owners in Southern California

Animal Care and Welfare Inc., emergencies in Pennsylvania

Becky’s Gift Equine Relief, for horses in New Hampshire

Care for the Horses, short-term veterinary care from Animal Protection of New Mexico

Equine Protection Fund, for horses, donkeys, and mules in New Mexico

Fairy Tail Endings, pets in Florida’s Sarasota & Manatee counties

Hearts United Animals, assists in the Midwest

The Merrick Fund Foundation, for rescues and shelters in central Pennsylvania

Montana Horse Sanctuary, some veterinary grants in Montana

New York Save, emergency care in New York City’s five boroughs

P.A.L.S. (Pets Are Loving Support), basic veterinary care in Atlanta

PETS-DC, pets of HIV/AIDS patients in Washington DC

Rochester Hope for Pets, primarily for unexpected or emergencies in Rochester, NY

RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation, Rhode Island

RUFF (Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends), Southern California

San Francisco SPCA, for residents of San Francisco

Save U.S. Pets Foundation, New Jersey

Sound Equine Options, emergency care in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington

STARrelief, urgent and routine care in Connecticut

Breed Specific Organizations

Corgi Aid, for rescued corgis before adoption

The Goldstock Fund, emergencies for Golden Retrievers/Golden mixes

Labrador-L Emergency Medical Assistance (LABMED), urgent care for abandoned or rescued Labs

Labrador Lifeline, for Labrador retrievers

Organizations Outside the United States

Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society of Alberta, for cancer cases

Fair Go Financing, loans in Australia

Farley Foundation, for seniors and people with disabilities in Ontario

Vet Pay, continuing credit payment plan in Australia

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