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Financial Assistance for Veterinary Bills

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.'

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

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.

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

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 Homelessfeed 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

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

BirchBark Foundationgrants are currently available only to residents of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties in California

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 FoundationRhode Island

RUFF (Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends), Southern California

San Francisco SPCA, for residents of San Francisco

Save U.S. Pets FoundationNew Jersey

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

STARrelief, urgent and routine care in Connecticut

Star Fleet Canine Aid Foundation, SCAF is currently only accepting applications from those residing in California 

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 Charitieslargest 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

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