Thursday Thirteen – 13 Groups that help owners who can't afford Veterinary care
Responsible pet owners are aware of the costs involved in caring for their pets, and do their best to provide the best Veterinary care possible. But what about those people who have suffered financial set backs – the people who’ve been laid off, or have lost their jobs, or who simply are on limited incomes? Their budgets might force them to choose between emergency care for a beloved cat or dog, or paying the rent. The following groups help the poor, the lower income, the elderly, women in shelter situations and those with limited incomes to cover health care costs on their pets. Some also provide low or no cost spay and neuters.
Almost all of them make worthy choices for those looking for charities to support.
Please feel free to add links to other groups in the comments section.
1. The Farley Foundation
The Foundation offers financial assistance to veterinary clinics in Ontario to help cover the cost of providing necessary veterinary care for pets belonging to seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement or people with disabilities who receive the Ontario Disability Support Payment, and who cannot otherwise afford treatment for their pets.
2. American Animal Hospital Association
Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship.
3. Angels 4 Animals
Angels 4 Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian
angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.
4. Care Credit
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. Care Credit, the leader in patient/client financing, has helped more than 3 million patients/clients get the treatment or procedures they needed and wanted. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.
5. Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.
Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. For lonely seniors, physically/mentally challenged individuals and children of working parents, pets represent much more than a diversion.
Dedicated to insuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
8. The Pet Fund
A registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.
9. United Animal Nations
The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care.
10. PDSA UK
PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity, caring for more than 300,000 pet patients belonging to people in need. We provide free veterinary treatment to sick and injured animals and we promote responsible pet ownership.
11. RSPCA UK (Local Branches Only)
Many RSPCA animal welfare establishments also offer subsidised veterinary treatment (help with vet bills), neutering and microchipping in addition to pet care information and rehoming facilities.
12. UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills
A listing of charities in the UK that can help with emergency veterinary expenses.
From time to time, HandicappedPets.com recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help. There are those who are so selflessly dedicated to their animal families that they give up a little more than they can afford.
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What a great list! I knew about IMOM but had no idea there were all of these!
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It is nice to know that there are a lot of organizations out there to ensure that the pets willl be taken care of. I’m not sure about local groups here, I only know of one.
Nice list 🙂
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I wanted to add Orthodogs Silver Lining at http://www.oslf.org/ which serves a dual-purpose of helping people afford veterinary treatment of orthopedic injuries as well as helping people afford care for service dogs in need.
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What a helpful list. Now if I had a pet, I’d bookmark it.
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Wow, fabulous list – hope you don’t mind, but I may have to send folks over here!
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Great list! Thank you for spreading the word about these great organizations. I found you through Johann.
I am afraid to tally up my vet bills over the past year, but I’m sure I’ve spent at least $15,000 – mostly for the care of one of my dogs who was diagnosed with cancer and developed a life threatening illness after removal of a large malignant tumor from her abdomen. I spent nearly every dime I made on vet bills, and thank God for CareCredit. With their program, I am able to pay back the portion I couldn’t pay for up front through monthly payments.
Cruella is doing very well now, and I am happy to say that she is cancer free! It was worth every cent, and I’d do it all again if I had to.
I certainly hope that people will take note of these organizations and make sure that their pets receive all available care for their conditions, regardless of cost involved.
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In the Buffalo metropolitan area (Western New York), we have the Pet Emergency Fund:
Pet Emergency Fund (PEF) Fact Sheet
The Pet Emergency Fund is an animal assistance organization that helps defray the cost of emergency veterinary care for owners unable to meet the expense of the services.
* The Fund is designed to meet a need in the community that is currently not met by existing organizations.
* The Pet Emergency Fund was implemented by local veterinarians and is intended for a one-time intervention in a life-threatening situation for an otherwise healthy pet.
* The PEF is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
* The PEF is funded solely by private donations.
* The PEF welcomes donations in order to continue this effort.
* Contact the Pet Emergency Fund at:
Pet Emergency Fund
P.O. Box 2846
Buffalo, New York 14240-2846