Veterinary Assistance for Seniors with Pets
Veterinary expenses can put a huge strain on a family’s finances. We have provided some links to other assistance organizations which may be able to help you, if you are having trouble affording 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
- Ashley’s Angel Fund — Monetary assistance for veterinary care to dog owners whose pet is facing a life-threatening condition
- 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
- The Bearen Foundation — The Bearen Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization whose mission is “Helping People Help Their Pets.” We advocate for responsible pet guardianship and offer financial assistance to qualified applicants who face veterinary expenses beyond their means. Qualified applicants are referred to us via their veterinarian.
- Brown Dog Foundation — Funding for life-threatening cases (sometimes limited to Tennessee residents)
- Canine Cancer Awareness — Monetary assistance for canine cancer treatments
- CareCredit — Medical loans, available at many veterinary clinics, offering short term, interest-free payment plans
- Cat in Crisis — The mission of Cats in Crisis to assist individuals who have exhausted all other financial means to provide the necessary medical care their cat needs. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot help everyone. Decisions are based on several factors including: medical urgency, available funding, eligibility and financial need.
Our grants are typically in the amount of $150, but are determined on a case by case basis. We do offer the opportunity for caretakers to fundraise on our website as well. Payments made to veterinarians, pharmacies or animal welfare organizations; not individuals/caretakers. Read guidelines carefully (Apply for Financial Aid section); eligibility is very specific.
- Dreampower Animal Rescue’s Forever Home (Colorado) — A program provides assistance to pet guardians in need of assistance.
- The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program — headquartered in Yuba City, California, 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. Services are provided nationwide. Qualifications are very specific, so be sure to click on Funding Guidelines when visiting the site.
- The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon — A trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for feral cats. FCCO’s mobile hospital no longer serves the Eugene area, but does serve some of the surrounding areas. The only cats eligible for the clinics are stray, feral, or abandoned cats who are not part of a human family, but are being fed consistently by a caregiver. To schedule cats for one of the clinics, FCCO must hear directly from the caregiver. FCCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies entirely on donations. Must be able to raise $25 per cat plus $500 per clinic held, for FCCO.
- Florence Area Humane Society — A 501(c)(3) limited intake, “No Kill” animal welfare agency. As a private non-profit organization, we receive no public funds and our animal intake is limited to the Siuslaw and Mapleton School District boundaries. Our principal focus is the rescue, socialization, rehabilitation and placement of unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray animals. We provide financial aid to our community’s senior and low income families who wish to spay or neuter their companion animal or who have medical emergencies for their pets. We promote public awareness of animal needs, educational materials, and speakers.
- God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinarian Charity — Monetary assistance for veterinary care to dog owners in need
- Help-A-Pet — Eligible to physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens, and children of the working poor.
- 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
- LABMED — Founded in 1996, LABMED is an Internet-based non-profit organization created to distribute financial aid to injured or ill rescues around the country, giving them a second chance at adoption and love from a permanent family.LABMED will accept applications for assistance for rescued Labrador Retrievers or Labrador Retriever mixes from any group or organization or from any individual who is of legal age (18 years).
- The Magic Bullet Fund (Canine Cancer) — The Magic Bullet Fund provides financial assistance to pay for canine cancer treatments and medicines when the owners cannot. With our financial assistance, the canines we serve receive state-of-the-art veterinary cancer support for their conditions. The Fund’s mission is to provide cancer treatment for dogs whose caretakers are unable to provide treatment. These are dogs who would not have cancer treatment at all without our assistance.
- The Nantucket MSPCA (Massachusetts) — Offers a number of subsidy programs that provide financial assistance to pet guardians.
- Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF) (San Francisco Bay Area cities) — Has many hospitals and clinics who offer reduced rates and/or the ability for you to pay your veterinary bills on a monthly basis.
- NY SAVE, Inc. — Serves the pets of New York City residents living in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island by providing funds to low-income pet guardians whose pets need emergency veterinary care.
- The Pet Fund — Eligible to owners of domestic animals, who cannot afford veterinary care
- Pet Samaritan Fund (Utah) — Provides financial assistance to individuals unable to afford medical care for their pet(s).
- 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.
- 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.
- Spay/USA — a program of The Pet Savers Foundation, is a nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter services. Our mission is to work together to end pet overpopulation. We have affordable spay/neuter programs and clinics in 1000 locations nationwide with about 7,000 top-notch veterinarians in the network as of 2005. Our goal is to make spay/neuter services affordable to those who might not otherwise spay/neuter their pets. By working together, we hope to popularize and facilitate spay/neuter services throughout the country.
- Stray Cat Alliance — A not-for-profit organization dedcated to assisting low-income cat caregivers with spay/neuter services, veterinary care, and cat food. Non-Profit, 501(c)(3), Educational Materials
- Sue Freeman¹s Guide to Rescue Cats — This Web site contains a list of pet financial-assistance resources in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.
- 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.
- Volunteer Services For Animals (VSA) (Rhode Island) — An organization of volunteers dedicated to animal well-being and the promotion of the human-animal bond through programs of education, advocacy, and assistance. VSA provides financial assistance to pet guardians for veterinary care.
- Zach Memorial Fund (Canine Cancer, via Ashley’s Angel Fund) — Monetary assistance for canine cancer treatments
Assistance for Service 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 — Assists 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 — Provides medical treatment to needy Pit Bulls within certain guidelines
- Special Needs Dobermans — Provides assistance to eligible Doberman owners and rescuers
- WestieMed, Inc. — Distribute financial aid to owners of injured or ill rescue Westies
If you know of others, please leave a comment so we can add it.
reprinted from Orthodog’s Silver Lining website