By Rachele Baker, DVM – Are you, or is someone you know, struggling to pay veterinary fees or other expenses for the care of a beloved pet? One of the organizations below may be able to Organizations Offering Financial Assistance For Veterinary Fees And Pet Care Expenses: Golden Retrieverhelp you. There are three lists below: “Financial Assistance For Veterinary Fees And Pet Care By Nationwide Organizations,” “Financial Assistance For Veterinary Fees And Pet Care By State,” and “Financial Assistance For Veterinary Fees For Specific Medical Conditions.” If you have a suggestion for another organization that could be included in one of these lists, please email me using the Contact button on the menu bar above.

Financial Assistance For Veterinary Fees And Pet Care By Nationwide Organizations

Buddy Care Foundation  For dogs only.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program
Frankie’s Friends Charitable Pet Foundation
In Memory of Magic (IMOM)
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)  Emergency veterinary fund to provide financial aid to United States IAADP Partner Members whose assistance dogs require high cost veterinary intervention beyond their ability to pay. Only a veterinarian can initiate the request for a grant.
Paws 4 A Cure
Red Rover
The Gift of Sunshine The Gandalf Fund. Provides financial assistance for working and retired assistance dogs in the event of catastrophic illness or accidental injury.
The Mosby Foundation  For dogs only.
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation
The Pet Fund
Veterinary Care Foundation  Application must be submitted by a veterinarian who is a member of the foundation.

  Financial Assistance For Veterinary Fees And Pet Care By State

Anchorage The Roscoe Fund
Statewide Animal Guardian Network Pet Care Relief. For dogs only.
Statewide Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation For dogs only.
Sierra Vista Care for the Horses Offers assistance with general veterinary care, feed, grain, and foot care.
Southern Arizona Cause Four Paws
Statewide All About Labs For dogs only. Offers pet food assistance, discounted veterinary services (including spay/neuter), temporary foster care, and assistance with pet deposits on rental housing.
Statewide Out of the Woods Animal Rescue of Arkansas  Financial assistance for recently rescued animals.
Maumelle Maumelle Friends of the Animals Free/assisted spay/neuter program. Financial assistance program for senior citizen pet ownership.
Northwest Arkansas For Pets’ Sake Best Friends Senior Program  Best Friends Program serves senior and special needs communities with assistance by providing emergency pet food for senior or special needs pet owners on very limited budgets, assisting with pet transportation for veterinary and grooming visits, providing short-term pet sitting for hospitalized senior or special needs pet owners, and providing financial aid for veterinary care of existing pets.
Statewide Labrador Harbor For Labrador Retrievers
Statewide Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation For dogs only.
Cedar Pines Park to Forest Falls Mountains’ Humane Society
Clear Lake County The ACME Foundation  Help for those with limited financial resources – especially low income senior citizens and the disabled.
Contra Costa County Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation ARF Emergency Medical Fund
Fremont, Newark, and Union City Ohlone Humane Society Special Assistance Program. Also offers Meals-on-Wheels for Animals program and spay/neuter program.
Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe Humane Society  Charitable Emergency Veterinary Subsidy. Also offers a food bank.
Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and   Ventura counties Actors and Others for Animals  Financial assistance for veterinary procedures.
Riverside and San Bernardino Counties Animal Friends Of The Valleys and The Community Foundation  Must be 65 years old or older. Grant funds may be used for dental care, emergency care, lab work, annual exams, vaccinations, euthanasia services, and temporary fostering due to the hospitalization of the pet owner.
Los Angeles County PAWS/LA For residents of Los Angeles County. Program for Animal Guardians with Disabling Illness (PAD) and Preserving Animal Companionship for the Elderly (PACE) program for people 65 years of age or older.
Los Angeles Area Sam Simon Foundation Offers free non-orthopedic surgical procedures for families with total household incomes of less than $40,000 per year.
Los Angeles Area Voice for the Animals Foundation The Helping Friends program gives seniors, people with disabilities, terminal illnesses, and individuals on fixed incomes the extra support they need to care for their animals.
Los Angeles and Orange counties The Animal Health Foundation Angel Fund Grant Program  Veterinary hospitals in Southern California with either a full or non-voting SCVMA member on staff are eligible. Hospitals must complete an annual enrollment form before applying for funds. To be eligible for an Angel Fund grant, a client must demonstrate financial hardship.
Manhattan Beach and South Bay The Animal Health Foundation Mary Edna Boydston Fund  Applicants must be 65 years old or permanently disabled and must demonstrate financial need for   assistance in providing veterinary care for pets.
Marin County The Marin Humane Society Special Human-Animal Relationships (SHARE) program assists low-income seniors and others in need with financial assistance for veterinary care, pet food deliveries, transportation to the veterinarian, dog walking, pet grooming, litter box maintenance, and emergency boarding of pets in the event of a client’s hospitalization.
San Mateo County Scout’s Animal Rehab Therapy Fund Scout’s Fund underwrites the cost of physical therapy for dogs and cats in animal shelters and rescue groups, pets from low-income families, K9 Unit dogs, assistance dogs, retrievers, and elderly dogs and cats.
Monterey and Santa Cruz counties BirchBark Foundation
Nevada County Sammie’s Friends
Reno/Lake Tahoe area Shakespeare Animal Fund
Orange County Animal Assistance League of Orange County Pet Aid  This program provides financial donations (when   available) to low-income, elderly, and disabled pet owners who need help with transportation, emergency and routine veterinary care, as well as pet food supplies for those suffering financial hardships.
Orange County Orange County SPCA  Issues spay/neuter vouchers for domestic cats, feral cats and dogs, and, when funding allows, provides financial assistance to low-income Orange County pet owners such as the elderly and disabled.
Orange County Saddleback Valley Humane Society As funds allow, offers assistance for sick and injured pets in need of veterinary care.
Redwood City, East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Palo Alto Palo Alto Humane Society Spay and Neuter Fund provides funding to underwrite spay/neuter surgeries for homeless animals and animals from low-income households. Vouchers are used at partnering Bay Area spay/neuter clinics. Angel Club: After an animal has received necessary lifesaving veterinary care, they call upon one or more of their Angels and request a donation to pay for the veterinary fees.
Placer County Placer SPCA SOS Program Financial assistance may include helping to offset temporary boarding costs or rental pet deposits while an owner relocates or assisting with veterinary treatment.
Pleasanton Valley Humane Society Jackie Barnett’s Just Like New Fund helps cover one-time emergency veterinary costs. Rescued animals that are sick or injured also qualify for assistance through the fund. AniMeals provides regular free meals for the dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families.
Sacramento and Placer counties The Chester Foundation The Foundation works in collaboration with 24-hour emergency veterinary hospitals serving the greater Sacramento Region and provides grants (paid directly to the participating hospitals) to cover a portion of veterinary costs.
San Diego Area PAWS San Diego For clients age 60 or over, chronically ill, or disabled and on a low monthly income.
San Diego County FACE Foundation  FACE provides financial assistance for emergency veterinary surgeries and procedures directly to veterinary hospitals for pet owners facing financial hardship.
San Diego Area San Diego Animal Support Foundation  Also offers assistance with spay/neuter.
San Francisco PAWS San Francisco Assisting San Francisco residents with disabling HIV/AIDS, other disabling illnesses, and seniors 60 and older. Income guidelines apply.
San Francisco San Francisco Aid For Animals  Must use a San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association veterinarian.
San Francisco San Francisco SPCA Emergency Care Grant Program for low-income clients with unexpected expenses for urgent veterinary care provided at the SF SPCA   Veterinary Hospital. Pet-A-Care Program for low-income San Francisco seniors over the age of 65 providing 50% off all veterinary services for qualifying animals. Payment arrangements for urgent care to acutely ill or seriously injured animals. Free and sliding scale spay/neuter.
San Francisco VET SOS Veterinary Street Outreach Services. A   volunteer-based project providing free veterinary care for the companion animals of homeless San Franciscans.
Sherman Oaks The STAND Foundation  Provides free spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, flea medicine, and other basics to dogs and cats of homeless and low income   people in the area.
Southern California Lifeline 4 Paws  Financial assistance for sick or injured dogs in the care and custody of a qualified rescue group in good standing in the state of California.
Southern California RUFF Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends
Yolo County Yolo County SPCA  Yolo County SPCA’s Hope Fund is designed to be a one-time loan of up to $500 for responsible pet owners who are currently struggling to pay veterinary fees or who need assistance with paying a pet deposit.
Statewide Colorado’s Helping Hands Foundation  Provides financial subsidies for non-routine emergency or specialist treatments of companion animals.
Statewide Friends Rescued Animal Network   Grants for emergency and specialty care.
Archuleta, Logan, and Morgan Counties PetAid Colorado  Care Grants provide funds to supplement a veterinarian’s charitable care for animals of disadvantaged populations. Only veterinary clinics may apply for Care Grants.
Chaffee County Ark-Valley Humane Society   Pet Assistance Loan (PAL) Program provides interest-free loans to assist pet owners with unexpected veterinary expenses or pet rental deposits.
Colorado Springs and Durango areas Harley’s Hope Foundation
Denver PetAid Colorado Animal Hospital  Discounted veterinary services for income qualified residents.
Denver/Front Range area The Cartwright Foundation Ginger’s Legacy. Helps pet owners with financial assistance for unanticipated medical or surgical costs for their pets. The pet owner must pay a portion of the veterinary fees.
Dolores and Montezuma counties For Pets’ Sake Humane Society Helps local pet owners pay for emergency veterinary care.
Fort Collins Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine Companion Care Fund helps community members pay for life-saving or emergency procedures performed at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Larimer County Colorado State University Pets Forever Program. Offers limited financial support for low-income elderly and disabled people for veterinary care (including spay/neuter procedures) and animal supplies. Also provides transportation of animals to/from veterinarian or groomer and home delivery of pet food and supplies.
Statewide Connecticut Humane Society  Fox Memorial Clinic Special Assistance Fund available for clients in extreme financial need whose pet has experienced a   catastrophic illness or accident.
Statewide STARelief and Pet Assistance  Aid-a-Pet provides financial assistance grants to pet owners who are unable to pay for routine and emergency veterinary care, emergency shelter, and hospice care for their animals.
Statewide Delaware SPCA Second Chance Fund
District of Columbia
Metropolitan Washington D.C. area PETS-DC  Assists people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabling conditions and their companion pets. They provide pet food and veterinary care at no cost.
Alachua County St. Francis Pet Care  Provides free veterinary care to the pets of veterans, homeless, and very low-income   clients.
Broward County The Pet Project  Helps people with life-threatening or severely disabling diseases by providing low cost pet   food, discounted and/or low cost basic veterinary services, and transportation to the veterinary hospital for clients with limited mobility or no means of   transportation.
Indian River County Blue Ribbon Charitable Foundation Pet Medical Assistance Program (PMAP) for non-emergency   care. In some cases they are able to assist with an emergency case that is already in the care of a veterinarian.
Manatee and Sarasota   counties Fairy Tail Endings
Palm Beach County Save A Pet Florida
Tallahassee Area TREATS  Treatment Resources and Education for   Animals in Temporary Shelter
Tampa Bay Humane Society of Tampa Bay Save-A-Pet Medical Fund was established to cover the cost of veterinary care for pets whose people are experiencing financial hardship. Funds are available only to clients of their Animal Health Center.
Statewide WellPet Humane The Lifesaver Fund
Athens University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine  G.R.A.C.E. Fund and Sundown Surgery Fund
Atlanta PALS Atlanta  Provides free pet food and basic   veterinary care to the companion pets of senior citizens, critically ill, and disabled Atlantans who are physically unable to work.
Statewide Idaho Humane Society STAR Fund. Provides veterinary care for the companion animals of families, seniors, and individuals in the community who aren’t able to otherwise afford veterinary services for urgent care of their acutely ill or seriously injured pets.
Kootenai County J. Kirk Foundation and Animal Assistance League
Statewide Brown Dog Foundation
Statewide NAWS Illinois Humane Society
East-Central Illinois Companion Animal Resource and Education Center Helping Paw Fund
St. Joseph County Frantz L. Dantzler Friends for Life Fund Clients who meet low-income guidelines may apply for basic veterinary care services at a participating St. Joseph County veterinary hospital.
Statewide Brown Dog Foundation
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Johnson County Humane Society  JCHS has a limited amount of money available to help with medical emergencies (not routine medical care). They may pay a dollar amount or a percentage of the bill (as a grant or a loan) at the veterinary clinic of their choice.
Statewide Great Plains SPCA Saving Animals by Supportive Seniors and others Young at heart (SASSY) SASSYfund provides financial assistance to seniors on a fixed income who have pets in need of veterinary services.
Statewide HOPE for Pets Jordan Memorial Fund for seniors with senior pets.
Shreveport Area Animal  Welfare  Limited financial help for emergencies. Spay/neuter voucher program.
Frederick County Animal Welfare League of Frederick County   Limited funds to assist pet owners who need financial help to provide veterinary care for their pets. Pets Eat Too program provides elderly pet owners who receive Meal on Wheels with pet food.
Frederick County Frederick County Humane Society The Chloe Rae Memorial Assistance Fund and Emergency Medical Assistance Program.
Harford County Paws for Life of Harford County
Statewide Fairy Dogparents  Provides assistance with food, medical, and general wellness needs of qualified dog recipients.
Allston Area Merwin Memorial Free Clinic For Animals  Provides free office visits and free outpatient veterinary services.
Boston Angell Animal Medical Shelter Boston  Pet Care Assistance benefits are for patients treated at the MSPCA-Angell only.
Boston Phinney’s Friends   Assists low-income people in the Boston area.
Boston Metro Area Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Travis Fund for Needy Animals. Must use a Tufts veterinarian.
Cape Cod and the Islands The Sampson Fund For Veterinary Care
Hennepin County Animal Care Foundation Member veterinary hospitals donate veterinary care for the pets of persons who are blind, disabled, or elderly and in financial need.
Grand Traverse County, Antrim, Benzie, Leelanau, Kalkaska, and Wexford Counties H.O.P.E. Helping Owners with Pet Expenses
Southeastern Michigan The Emergency Animal Relief Foundation (TEAR)
Eaton and Ingham counties Pet Support Services  Assisting senior citizens age 65 and older, persons who use wheelchairs or are physically challenged, persons using trained service dogs, and persons with special medical conditions including HIV/AIDS.
Statewide Top Dog Foundation Bentley Grant Program. Focuses on dogs ten years of age and older (adjusted by breed) with health issues that require medical procedures and/or ongoing medications and special care.
Statewide The Killuminati Foundation Veterinary Assistance   Program.
Statewide Montana Companion Animal Network
Western Montana Humane Society of Western Montana   Nandi Wishcamper Medical Assistance Fund and Nandi Wishcamper Senior Veterinary Assistance Fund.
Statewide Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation For dogs only.
Northern NV and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Animal Fund
New Hampshire
Lebanon S.A.V.E.S. The Brutus Fund
Manchester Animal Allies Miracle Medical Fund
New Jersey
Statewide Animal Protection League of New Jersey  Veterinary Bill Assistance Program
Statewide Rose’s Fund For Animals
Statewide Save U.S. Pets Foundation A New Jersey based participating veterinarian applies to the foundation for a grant to provide financial assistance to a client with a pet that needs lifesaving veterinary care.
Statewide Vet-I-Care
New Mexico
Statewide Cause For Paws New Mexico
Statewide The OSCAR Foundation
New York
Syracuse/Central New York The Shamrock Animal Fund
Erie and Niagara counties The Pet Emergency Fund Funds are distributed by member hospitals.
Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island NY S.A.V.E.
Rochester Rochester Hope for Pets
Western New York All4PetsWNY Provides a one-time grant of money to help pay for life saving medical treatment for pets whose caring, responsible owners are not able to pay for the care that will bring their pet back to health due to low income, personal crisis, or disaster. Payments will be made directly to the medical care provider. All4PetsWNY does not cover exam fees or diagnostic testing (blood work, x-rays, etc.).
North Carolina
Statewide Fur-Ever Friends  The Rico Fund
Brunswick County Coalition for Humane Treatment of Animals
Piedmont Triad area The Sergei Foundation
Statewide The Bummer Fund
Statewide Jake Brady Memorial Fund
Statewide Valley Save-a-Pet
Madison and Union counties and the Central Ohio area Black and Orange Cat Foundation For cats only.
Knox County The Tank Fund
Oklahoma City The Bella Foundation  Assists low-income, elderly, or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary   care.
Statewide Hand to Paw Fund
Statewide Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation  For dogs only.
Douglas County Umpqua Valley Humane Society
 Lane County Pro-Bone-O  Provides free veterinary services, food, and supplies for the pets of people who are homeless
in Lane County.
Monroe County Monroe Animal  League
Western Pennsylvania Animal Care and Welfare
Rhode Island
Statewide RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation
South Carolina
Statewide Pet Helpers
Northern Beaufort County (North of the Broad River) Broken Tails  Must use a veterinarian approved by Broken Tails.
South Dakota
Siouxland area Siouxland Humane Society
Statewide Brown Dog Foundation
Bexar County and surrounding area DaisyCares Veterinary Care Program
Statewide Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets  Provides free pet food for dogs and cats to low and moderate income households with an emphasis on homes with children or adults with disabilities, the elderly, and people recently unemployed.
Statewide FETCH a Cure  Companions in Crisis. Pet must have confirmed diagnosis of cancer.
Northern Virginia Animal Welfare League of Arlington Ross-Roberts Emergency Veterinary Assistance Fund
Loudoun County Companion Animal Resource Effort   (C.A.R.E.)
Loudoun County Humane Society of Loudoun County
Virginia Beach Virginia Beach SPCA  Help Out Pets Everywhere (HOPE)
Statewide Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation  Crisis care provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners who can’t afford medical care for their pets.
Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Paws of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap  Provides low income families with emergency financial aid for veterinary expenses.
Seattle/King County Seattle Humane Society  Pet Project provides services to individuals disabled by HIV/AIDS including free basic veterinary care at bimonthly clinics.
Puget Sound The Budkis Fund Assists low income seniors and their pets within the Puget Sound community by providing   monetary assistance for emergency veterinary care.
Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties Concern for Animals  Provides voucher assistance for emergency medical care.
Whatcom County Friends for Life Canine Scholarship Fund  Offering medical assistance. Medical assistance is need based and dogs must have been adopted from an approved Whatcom County shelter.
Dane, Green, Jefferson, Rock, Walworth, Boone and Winnebago Counties Friends of Noah-WI   Badger Animal Fund
Western Wisconsin Helping Hands for Pets
Campbell County Fur Kids Foundation

Financial Assistance For Veterinary Fees For Specific Medical Conditions

Dog and Cat Cancer Fund
Land of PureGold Foundation Working Dog Cancer Treatment GrantApplicants must have been active, full-time working dogs at the time of cancer diagnosis in the areas of assistance, detection, search and rescue, enforcement, military work, or animal-assisted therapy.
Magic Bullet Fund
The Riedel and Cody Fund
Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation
The Pie Fund  For animals in the northeast United States.
Canine Cancer Awareness
Heart Disease
The Big Hearts Fund
Deaf Dog Education Action Fund
Diabetic Cats in Need
Mobility Impairments
Handicapped Pets Foundation  Donates mobility equipment to pets in need.

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4 Responses to Organizations Offering Financial Assistance For Veterinary Fees And Pet Care

  1. Olivia Mak says:

    Rachele, thank you for the comprehensive list of organizations that can ease the financial burden of pet veterinary bills. I also suggest getting the best pet insurance you can afford according to your financial situation. There are many different plans and options available, and after doing some research, they can be affordable.

  2. Rama's Mama says:

    Wow that is some list! Thanks for posting this!

  3. Thanks Rama’s Mama! I frequently see clients whose pets need expensive surgeries that they are unable to pay for. However they love their pets and want to do whatever they can for them. Many people are not aware of how many organizations are out there that may be able to provide assistance with paying for veterinary fees for those pet parents facing emergency situations as well as for senior citizens, veterans, and other less fortunate pet parents needing routine care for their pets. Please share this post and spread the word!

  4. What a great resource! I have also used Animal Lover Funding and Love Animals as crowdfunding sites to raise money for fosters!

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