Veterinary Financial Assistance Resources
Veterinary expenses can put a huge strain on a family’s finances. Here are some links to assistance organizations which may be able to help you, if you are having trouble paying for needed care.
Every organization has its own guidelines and limitations for assistance — you’ll need to check with each to determine whether your circumstance fits within their guidelines.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) also has a great page with a very extensive listing of organizations.
General Veterinary Assistance
- Good Sam Fund – Good SAM (Special Assistance and Memorial Fund) was established to create financial aid for sick or injured animals who either are stray or client-owned animals in special circumstances. The fund is supported entirely by outside donations and your pet must meet one part of their criteria to be considered for financial assistance.
- IMOM Funding for veterinary assistance in life-threatening emergencies
- United Animal Nations (UAN), LifeLine Grant Program The LifeLine Grant Program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers, non-profit organizations and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations.
- Help-A-Pet Eligible to physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens, and children of the working poor.
- Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) Assistance for comprehensive needs of companion animals for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and other disabling illnesses, as well as senior citizens.
- The Pet Fund Eligible to owners of domestic animals, who cannot afford veterinary care.
- Rhode Island – RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation – Launched in 2004, the Foundation’s mission is to provide funds to the state’s participating veterinary practitioners for compassionate care of pets whose owners are unable to pay.
- Brown Dog Foundation Funding for life-threatening cases (sometimes limited to Tennessee residents)
- Ashley’s Angel Fund Monetary assistance for veterinary care to dog owners whose pet is facing a life-threatening condition
- Zach Memorial Fund (Canine Cancer, via Ashley’s Angel Fund) Monetary assistance for canine cancer treatments
- Canine Cancer Awareness Monetary assistance for canine cancer treatments
- The Magic Bullet Fund (Canine Cancer) Monetary assistance for canine cancer treatments
- American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Helping Pets Fund Fundraising and grants for needed veterinary treatments
- Angels4Animals, Program Guardian Angel A program of Inner Voice Community Services, provides assistance to pet owners in need for veterinary care
- God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinarian Charity Monetary assistance for veterinary care to dog owners in need
- CareCredit Medical loans, available at many veterinary clinics, offering short term, interest-free payment plans
Assistance for Service Dogs
- International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP), Veterinary Care Partnership Program Provides financial aid to United States IAADP Partner Members whose assistance dogs require high cost veterinary care
- Canadian National Institute for the Blind Helps to cover extraordinary veterinary expenses for working guide dogs
- CorgiAid Provides financial assistance to owners and rescuers of corgis and corgi mixes for veterinary care
- LabMed Provides financial aid to injured or ill rescued labs
- Labrador Life Line Assist eligible Labs, owned or in rescue, with medical treatment, transportation needs, boarding costs, or other special needs that will enable the Lab to find a home and to live out its life surrounded by people who love it
- Labrador Harbor Provides charitable funds to owners or rescues that directly benefit the immediate physical well-being of Labrador Retrievers
- Pit Bull Rescue Central Provide medical treatment to needy Pit Bulls within certain guidelines
- Special Needs Dobermans Provide assistance to eligible Doberman owners and rescuers
- WestieMed, Inc. Distribute financial aid to owners of injured or ill rescue Westies
Do you know of others? Let us know and we’ll add them.