Help with Vet Bills

Written by Jan on October 27, 2009 – 12:01 am

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Whether it’s the damage caused by recalled food, an accident or something else, vet bills can be quite a burden. Below are listed some of the programs that can help with financial needs. For a more complete list, including listings by breed, state/province, medical condition, or other particular qualification, please visit United Animal Nations.

(Note: not listed elsewhere is a new program just for New Yorkers:

If you can contribute, there are many suffering pets and their parents who can use your help; any of the non-profits or fundraising sites below would be happy to have your contribution.

Please contact the following organizations about their financial assistance process:

American Animal Hospital Association – (1-866-4HELPETS) 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.”

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. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.”

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). See “Financial help with my vet bills” under “Pet care.”

Care Credit – (1-800-859-9975) 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.”

Cats in Crisis – “Cats in Crisis Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance.”

ChipIn – a fundraiser/donation site that allows individuals to ask for money for a specific purpose, using social networks and other websites. Requires a PayPal account for deposits.

Feline Outreach – “Feline Outreach is a charitable organization formed to promote the routine and medical care of companion animals, particularly cats. Among other goals, the organization maye enable shelters and the public to adopt, keep, and/or care for companion animals, particularly those with special needs – this support may be financial, educational, or in other forms.”

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP) – “The NEED & The HELP: Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten – any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion.” The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that 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.

Fundable – a fundraising/donation site that allows individuals to request money for a specific project or event. If goal is not met, no money is exchanged. Funds paid by check or PayPal.

God’s Creatures Ministry – “We get many requests for financial help. We sadly do not send more than $50.00 when we have money! However, we encourage people to fundraise in their area, for ‘pets’ or animal(s) by using two of our simple forms. Some veterinarians will keep an account knowing that you are fundraising through a non-profit organization. One form is ‘Walk a Mile’ which can be done anytime, and anywhere! The other is a general form for donations.”

Handicapped Pets – “The Handicapped Pets Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the health and well-being of elderly, disabled, and injured pets. We donate mobility equipment to pets in need.”

Handipets – a bulletin board for pets in need of donations, veterinary care, medication, surgery, or other items.

Help-A-Pet – (630-986-9504) “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.”

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). See “Having trouble affording your pet” and “What you can do if you are having trouble affording veterinary care.”

IMOM – “Mission Statement: Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.” (Note: IMOM has a special fund for diabetic cats)

Onyx and Breezy Foundation – supports medical treatment for animals where hardship is present as well as other endeavors that benefit the welfare of animals

Pet Fund – “The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or emergency vet visits. 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.”

Pets of the Homeless – “We will do our part to help reduce hunger in pets that belong to the homeless and the less fortunate and provide medical care for those pets in communities across the country. We believe in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond which is very important to life.”

Pigger’s Pals – “A nonprofit organization that was designed to assist families in need seek specialty level care for their pets. The foundation will accept applications from individuals or families that require financial assistance to provide advanced medical and/or surgical veterinary care that will extend both quantity and quality of life for their pets that would otherwise not be available to them.”

Shakespeare Animal Fund – “We help elderly, disabled and those whose total income does not exceed $23,000 to obtain emergency pet care. We pay the veterinarian directly, reducing out of pocket costs for low income pet owners who need to save their pet’s life.

Tails of Hope – “Our assistance programs are aimed at providing help to individuals whose companion animals are suffering from life-threatening diseases and to the veterinary hospitals treating such animals.”

United Animal Nations – UAN maintains a list of organizations with assistance programs and other fundraising methods. They also maintain LifeLine, its own program of small grants (up to $300). “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.”

Wish Upon a Heroan online community of people helping people.

Here’s a link to more organizations that may be able to help.

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117 Comments to “Help with Vet Bills”

  1. Julie Weidner Says:

    In the past 8 months my life has fallen apart. My ex started to hit me and he became suddenly abusive after his dad died, my identity has been stolen leaving me in astronomical debt and I ended up very sick and found myself in ICU. After 7 weeks in hospitals, My cat (Miss Hydi-Ann) lost almost 1/2 her body weight. She seems healthy enough but her vet is very concerned as Hydi is a special needs cat with gastric problems and this much weight loss in such a short time could be life threatening for her. Dr. Mervin wants to do an ultrasound and a blood workup to make sure Hydi is okay but she fears it could be a lymphoma illness. I do not know where to turn as Hydi is the only thing in this world keeping me going. She just turned four at Easter and is quite the character. Care Credit is not an option as my credit is ruined due to the identity theft. Would you have any suggestions? Hydi is considered an emotional support animal as I have schizophrenia, and I cannot imagine life without her.

  2. Angel iuni Says:

    I am on disability I have a therapy dog who is goin on 11yrs I am looking for a decent prices vet who can clean her teeth please let me know ,

    Thank u

  3. cheryl s Says:

    Lifeline I tried for but they wont give you a grant unles you have taken your dog to a vet!. that’s what I am trying too do but I cant get into a vet with no money. Can someone help?. Most of these places on this page are no longer up and running.

  4. Barbara Bernard Says:

    Hi my name is Barbara,
    I lost my husband Dec 18,2015.
    It has been very hard on me physically and emotionally. I am disabled and have very little income. About a year befour my husband passed we adopted Boss.
    Boss was rescued from a horrifying environment.
    A dog fighting ring and due to the fact that he is not aggresive he was used as a bait dog .
    He had a very bad start in life and had been threw alot befour he was rescued.
    Boss has been a life savior for me. I have not taken the death of my husband well. I now suffer from depression, anxity and general mood disorder.
    Boss is with me all the time and I am so thankful to have him.
    I believe that if I didnt have him I would not be here.
    He gives me a reson to live. He helps me when I am depressed. It is as if he knows when I am feeling bad and he trys to get me to engage with him.
    He snuggles up aginst me when I cry and will look at me as if to say (Mom I am here your not alone , its gonna be ok.
    As much as I love Boss and I want to take good care of him. My heart is breaking because he has heartworms and I cant afford the treatment to cure him. He is not sick yet, thank God. I am trying to find someone to help us befour it gets bad. I dont know what I would do without my big Boss.
    I pray that my letter will find your organization in a position to help us. We do have a vet that Boss sees.
    He is the one who told us about his illness. I have tried to get the money for the treatment but I have failed. I dont know what else to do.
    Please please help me to help my best friend.

    With much hope
    Sincerely your,
    Boss & Barbara Bernard
    I dont always have acess to get on to the internet but this is my email:: [reply here]

    I pray that you can help us.
    God Bless yall for all that you do.

  5. matt jones Says:

    My dog is sick I have no money we are homeless in this moment is my best friend if you could help me I would very much appreciate it thank you very much my cell phone number is 502 650 6751 thank you God bless if you could please get back to me as soon as possible thank you

  6. Idele Dawson Says:

    I desperately need of financial help for my 11yrs old Bichon. Im a disable senior on a fixed income, and desperately want to help restore my dog vision. Aftrr looseing my mother last month , my dog meme is all i got, n he deserves to see. Please if anyone can help us, it would be a great blessing to us both.

  7. Mindy spruce Says:

    Our friend adopted a dog from the human society last year because her husband has cancer and not doing good .so she thought a dog would help him and comfort him but resent found out the dog cubby has heartworm positive and it going cost 1,000 dollors to save his life and they just don’t have that kind of money with only one income because he can’t work ..They need help to save this poor dog life .Please help .. Thank you!!

  8. Susan Says:

    I have a older dog she is ill and I am NOT letting her go or giving her away.I found her about 10yrs ago at the time I had dog insurance and could afford care but now I live on 700.a month am 68 and work in exchange for apt. I have been doctoring her myself from info on web but although she has improved she is still not doing well.Over drinking,urinating alot sometimes very little comming out and clear,she is having trouble walking it seems and always has her tail down use to be up.she is eating and pooping,have been giving her animoxcillen 1xday converted dose from web and found this was a medication used for seems to help but I think she needs a vet and I simply do not have the money I never ask for myself but my dog I am asking for if you can help please help. I AM NOT GIVING MY FRIEND TO THE POUND

  9. Robin Huff Says:

    I am in need of help with supplies for dog that just became diabetic. I have been off work since December due to cancer surgery and my income is very low now and the money needed to treat my pet is very expensive and need help until I am able to get back to work. He needs food, needles and Vetsulin, a couple of folks said they would do the first month to get him started I want to get him started as soon as possible as he cataracts on both eyes. This all happened while I was away to the hospital in December just picked him last week. But noticed he has lost much weight and was peeing in the house. I appreciate any assistance. Thanks.

  10. Barb woolston Says:

    I am in dire need of help for my sick dog! I was informed by my vet 2 days ago that my dog Bing Bing has cancer. I need any advice please on if there is any vet or organization that will see her and. That might help me with the cost of her surgery.
    I have a limited income and have no way to pay for Bing to see an oncologist. Any advice would be so appreciated!!!
    I thank you for your time!
    My fear is Bing Bing doesn’t have lots of time left..
    Please help?

  11. Gloria Wideman Says:

    My name is Gloria Wideman and I am writing because I love my Dog Niko. Niko has been with our family since he was a puppy and we just love him so!! Recently he has been diagnosed with Diabetes and needs more care and financial support than we can give. Medicine twice a day insulin shots. We do not want to put him down, as others have told us; he is only 8 years old and part of the family. I really think he has a long life ahead of him. PLEASE PLEASE help us. NIKO deserves a chance.

  12. Sue swanson Says:

    My 7 month old puppy is very sick. He is listless, and can’t keep his eyes open. He is sleeping all the time and he hasn’t eaten since yesterday. He just threw up for the forth time tonight. It’s 3:00 in the morning and I can’t go to sleep because I need to watch him and see if anything changes. He has gotten progressively worse over the last 2 days. When he is well, he is the cutest puppy ever! I haven’t taken him to emergency because they charge $140 just to wak in the door And then they will have to take X-rays and blood tests and I don’t have Ny money! I have a job and go to work everyday but that’s going to cost a lot. I need help please

  13. Ramona Duque Says:

    I have a 2 dogs that need porcupine quills removed. The vet said he would do it for 500$. Eventhough I only make 1000 a month the said no. I keep going online to places that say they help, but I can’t seem to find where you ask for help. Someone please help me

  14. Ramona Duque Says:

    I have 2 dogs that to have porcupine quills removed. I found a vet that will do it for 500$. I applied for credit care, even though I only make 1000 a month, they denied me. I have gone on line to different places that say they help you pay for emergency care. The only thing is I can’t seem to get to where I ask for the help. I can only get to where I would give money. Can someone please help me. What am I doing wrong? I need to get these quills out before they work their way into my dogs. One has them all in her mouth, which means she can’t eat or drink. Please she needs an angel.

  15. Judy Everidge Says:

    My name is Judy Everidge and I’m in need for my dog buddy to have surgery on his leg. He was hit by a care June 4 2017. We rushed him to bettendorf Iowa emerengy Hosp for care. He has about 40 staples on his bottom and bout 40 staples in his side. They say he didn’t have anything internal as far a bleeding from what they could tell. The problem I having now is he has a broke right femer that broke off at the joint and its got to be surgeral fixed. The sent of to Wilton Iowa bout the vet said he couldn’t repair it. Therefore he sent us to Kimberly crest and that vet said he could do the surgery but will cost 3500.00. Its been six days now and I’ve tried to find funding for buddy but been unsuccessful. I applied for care credit and max that 500.00 out at the emergency hospital. I’ve set up a go fund me and only collected 100.00. Its a slow process there as well. I am unable to work and working on disabity with all my heath issues I’ve got. I can’t afford this and don’t no where to turn. I don’t no if the bone will dry up and die and cause more problems or what. It just breaks my heart he’s in so much pain. U can go under go fund me under Judy Everidge and see his injury’s. Can u please help me find someone to help me. Thank u very much.

  16. Beverly Walrath Says:

    My dog Hershey has been diagnosed with diabetes and its going to cost A Lot to manage his diabetes and time having to give him shots twice a day. And checking his sugar level . really need some help with paying for insulin, syringes, test strips and machine to test blood sugar level. Please please HELP

  17. Lori Ninotti Says:

    I have a 4 month st Bernard that is hospitalized for addison disease. I also have a 7 year old central Asian with bone cancer. My dad passed away 2 months ago and now have his 2 German shepherds. I am disabled and know my vet bills are going to be well over 1000 for his hospital stay plus he will be on meds for the rest of his life. If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it

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