By Veterinary Information Network, Inc.
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.'
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
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
Alley Cat Allies - 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for feline pets
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
Companion Bridge, Inc., raises funds through its general donations page to assist those needing financial help with animals needing major medical care or with purchases of mobility assistance such as animal wheelchairs
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
The Gift Of Sunshine,supports service dogs and their partners with financial assistance
Handicapped Pets Foundation, provides equipment
Best Animal Society, financial assistance for pet guardians who are struggling, as well as senior citizens, people with disabilities and people who are seriously ill
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners, for assistance dogs
LoveAnimals.org is a crowdfunding platform dedicated to helping pets and wildlife. It May 2013, when the site originally launched, it was made available to nonprofits only. As more and more requests came from pet owners wanting to run crowdfunding campaigns to raise money for veterinary costs, LoveAnimals.org decided to assist pet owners and veterinarians and ensure more animals receive the medical care they need.
National Equine Resource Network, life-saving surgeries or treatments
Onyx and Breezy Foundation, medical treatment for hardship
Paws 4 a Cure, illnesses and injuries
Fairy Dog Parents - 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides assistance for food, medical and general wellness needs
Pet Fun, medical costs beyond normal expenses
Pets of the Homeless, feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot afford to provide for their pets
RedRover/United Animal Nations, grants between $100 and $200 to fill small funding gaps
Rose's Funds For Animals,(877) 505-4234, 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.
Shakespeare Animal Fund, for those meeting federal poverty guidelines
Hearts United Animals, assists in the Midwest
National Organizations and Charities That Accept Donations
Michigan Humane Society - (313) 872-0004
American Humane Society, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals.
Best Friends Animal Society, largest no kill shelter in North America
ASPCA, American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals
HSUS, Humane Society Of The United States
PETCO Foundation,animal welfare organization
PetSmart Charities, largest supporter of animal welfare efforts in North America
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