If you have an emergency vet bill that you’re unable to afford, there is help out there if you know where to find it. No dog owner wants to be put in this horrible position and to help prevent it from happening to you, pet insurance and pet care credit can help. But when those options are not an option, you can turn to these organizations for help.
National organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners in need
Each organization is independent, and most are non-profits that rely solely on funding from individuals or corporations. Each one varies in their income requirements and funding guidelines. You will need to research each organization to determine if you qualify for assistance.
The Big Hearts Fund:
Provides “financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease. The Big Hearts Fund is a 501c3 non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for pets diagnosed with heart disease.”
Brown Dog Foundation:
Founded in 2006, the Brown Dog Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps people pay for the prescription medications their dog needs.
Canine Cancer Awareness:
A charitable organization that provides care for dogs with cancer. All donations go directly to the veterinarians who are providing the care for dogs whose families cannot afford treatment.
God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity:
Provides $50.00 to qualifying families when funds are available.
Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation:
Under the JLACF's bylaws as approved by the IRS, grants are only provided for pets under the care of a board-certified veterinary oncologist.
Magic Bullet Fund:
A cancer-specific organization.
The Mosby Fund:
“The Mosby Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, to assist in the care of critically sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.”
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation:
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation lends funding and support to “pets of individuals where medical hardship is present.” Fund can be used for: “Spay and neuter programs, rescue of animals from kill shelters, food, medicine and supplies, cancer research, medicine, equipment for military and police canines, equipment for medical facilities, puppy mill rescues, disaster relief, shelters, rescues, foster groups, and sanctuaries.
Paws 4 A Cure:
“The mission of Paws 4 A Cure is to provide financial assistance to qualified families throughout the United States who cannot afford veterinary care for their beloved furry family members without our help.”
The Pet Fund:
“The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or medical treatment.” “Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect medical needs because of the costs involved.”
Pets of the Homeless:
Pet food and veterinary care assistance for those who are homeless.
The Riedel & Cody Fund:
Support for pets suffering with cancer.
“Through its volunteer-driven RedRover Responders (formerly the Emergency Animal Rescue Service or EARS), RedRover shelters and cares for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises, such as criminal seizures and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada. If you need sheltering assistance, please call RedRover at 800.440.3277.”
“We will financially assist, to the best of our 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:
“Whether it is a returning veteran whose dog means the world to him, a woman recovering from cancer whose cat has seen her through her illness, or a disabled man whose dog is the main reason he wakes up in the morning—they all need help, and Shakespeare Animal Fund is there to provide it.”
Top Dog Foundation:
"Bentley Grant for senior dogs-age 10 and over; breed taken into consideration when determining what is "senior.”
Assistance by State
Click the following link for a comprehensive list of national and statewide organizations and veterinary schools that can help.
Free or low-cost spay or neuter
If you want to have your dog spayed or neutered and can’t afford the cost, there are veterinarians, shelters, and other organizations who will help. Click on this link to locate a low cost spay or neuter clinic near you.