“Are there any organizations that help with vet bills?”
We all love our pets and only want the best for them – I know I do!
When your pet gets sick or injured, you want to make sure that they’re cared for and that you get them back to their full healthy and happy selves as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, vet bills can be pretty high.
Treatments, tests, and procedures can all be pricey, and for many people, paying for veterinary care can seem impossible.
We already covered saving money on vet bills. But for many of us, it’s not a matter of trying to save money, it’s a matter of not having the money to pay the bills in the first place.
Fortunately, there are many charities, animal welfare organizations, nonprofits, clinics, and other wonderful organizations out there that help people with their vet bills – whether you’re a low-income family, disabled, have lost your job, or are just going through a rough financial phase.
Organizations that help with vet bills
Whether you’re a dog, cat, or fancy rat owner, the organizations below can help you to afford vet care.
PAWS is a wonderful organization that offers a number of free services to low-income clients.
If you qualify, you can get your pet spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated for free.
Use the link above to contact PAWS for more information on help with vet bills.
2. Local Clinics
Did you know that spay/neuter and vaccination clinics are often set up in many towns and neighborhoods?
At these clinics, you can get common medical care for your pet.
Ask your vet or local animal shelter if they know of any local clinics, or check out this page to locate clinics in your area.
RedRover is an organization that offers support and financial assistance to pet owners. The RedRover Relief Urgent Care Grant is designed to help pay for the cost of caring for animals who need urgent or lifesaving veterinary treatment.
If you want to get a grant from RedRover, then you’ll need to complete the application form (link below).
Generally, grants are between $150 and $200.
4. Give Forward
GiveForward is unlike the other organizations on the list. Unlike PAWS, RedRover and other animal groups, GiveForward is a fundraising platform.
On the site, you can set up a fundraising page, where people can contribute towards your pet’s treatment.
It takes less than ten minutes to set up a GiveForward page.
SpayUSA is a nationwide network and referral service for low-cost spaying/neutering. It’s the organization’s aim to reduce the number of cats and dogs that are in shelters or euthanized in the United States by reducing unwanted births.
If you are looking for an affordable spay/neuter service, then SpayUSA, which has been around for 20 years, could help you.
It refers pet owners to more than 1,500 low-cost clinics and sterilization programs nationwide.
- Where: http://www.spayusa.org/
6. Brown Dog Foundation
The Brown Dog Foundation is an organization that aims to bridge the gap between the cost of medical care and saving your pet.
It offers financial assistance to pet owners that need veterinary care for their pet.
You can learn more about the aid on offer on the website.
7. Actors and Others for Animals
Actors and Others for Animals is a non-profit organization that helps pet owners to pay for spay/neuter services and veterinary assistance.
It’s designed to help pet owners living on a low income.
8. The Pet Fund
The Pet Fund is a non-profit association that offers financial assistance to pet owners who can’t afford surgery or medical treatment for their pet.
It does this by not only assisting in paying for standard expenses, like vaccinations, and spaying/neutering services, but also many other medical costs for pets. If you want to apply for funding for your pet, then check out the link below.
9. Care Credit
Care Credit is another organization on this list that differs from the others.
It’s a credit card company that focuses on health care, including veterinary care. It helps clients to finance medical treatments and procedures that they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.
It offers a number of payment plans.
- Where: http://www.carecredit.com/
10. Frankie’s Friends
Another non-profit foundation that can provide help with vet bills is Frankie’s Friends. This organization specializes in assisting pets that need specialty veterinary care, and have cancer or other life-threatening conditions.
If you need help with your pet’s treatment, visit the website and contact Frankie’s Friends.
11. The Mosby Foundation
If you need help with paying for your pet’s medical expenses, then consider contacting the Mosby Foundation.
It’s a non-profit organization that helps owners with limited funds to pay for vet bills and assists in paying veterinary costs for sick, abused and neglected dogs.
If you require financial assistance with vet bills, then you can complete an application.
12. Shakespeare Animal Fund
The Shakespeare Animal Fund helps owners that can’t afford to pay for vet bills. It’s a non-profit organization that’s named after a cocker spaniel called Shakespeare.
The fund was set up in his memory to help other pet owners struggling financially while trying to save their pets.
13. Diabetic Cats in Need
If you’re the owner of a diabetic cat and need assistance with paying for treatments, medications, and supplies, then consider contacting Diabetic Cats in Need.
It’s an organization that helps owners living on a low-income to pay for treatments and supplies.
It also offers information on caring for cats with diabetes.
- Where: http://fdmb-cin.blogspot.co.uk/p/compassionate-assistance-program.html
14. Canine Cancer Awareness
Canine Cancer Awareness (CCA) is a non-profit organization that specializes in helping dogs with cancer.
The organization helps pet owners that are struggling to pay for the vet costs of canines with cancer.
You can request help on the CCA website.
15. The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund
If you own a cat or a dog with cancer, and you’re struggling to pay for their veterinary care, then contact The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund.
It’s an organization that provides financial assistance and information to pet owners.
- Where: http://www.dccfund.org/
16. Magic Bullet Fund
Another organization that you should consider contacting if you own a dog that’s been diagnosed with cancer is the Magic Bullet Fund. It specializes in helping families that can’t afford treatment costs for their pet.
So far, the organization has helped to fund cancer treatment for more than 500 dogs.
17. Paws 4 a Cure
Paws 4 A Cure is an organization that assists pet owners who can’t afford veterinary care. It helps animals of all breeds, ages and medical issues.
So whether you have a cat or a dog who needs treatment that you’re struggling to afford, contact Paws 4 A Cure.
18. The Riedel & Cody Fund
The Riedel & Cody Fund offers funding to owners that need help with vet bills.
- Where: http://riedelcody.org/
19. Breed Specific Organizations
Did you know that there are actually organizations and associations out there that specialize in caring for specific breeds, like:
These organizations may be able to help you pay your pet’s vet bills.
Also, check out this list from Red Rover of breed specific national organizations that may be able to provide financial assistance.
20. State Specific Programs
There are many state-specific programs, organizations, and associations that can provide help with vet bills.
Check out the following lists to see what’s available in your state:
Tips for getting help with vet bills
Here are a few tips on getting help with your pet’s veterinary care:
- Be honest with your veterinarian about your financial situation.
- Ask about a payment plan. Some vets will allow you to pay for your pet’s care in installments.
- Hold an online fundraiser. Aside from GiveForward, there are a number of other fundraising platforms out there, like Pet Chance and Fund a Pet Miracle. Or you could even try non pet specific platforms, like GoFundMe.
- Get in touch with your local church or community/neighborhood organizations. They might be able to help you to fundraise.
Everyone wants what’s best for their pets. Sometimes, however, you find yourself in a tough financial situation and paying for veterinary care can seem impossible. It’s okay to ask for help when you and your furry friend need it.
So contact one of these organizations for assistance and keep our tips on paying vet bills in mind.