Facing suddenly a huge emergency vet bill or an expensive treatment which might save your fur baby?
It could happen to anyone. And it’s always when you don’t expect it, you know, like after paying the college tuition for your two-legged kids!
You have to know that there are options. This page is only on the financial help you can get in case of catastrophic events. You do have to keep in mind though that even after spending a lot of money in treatment or emergency, you might still lose your pet. It happened to me. Would I go the same way again? Absolutely. He needed to have a shot at getting better!
Communicate with your vet. Discuss the options and the prognosis. We all want them to live forever but we always have to keep in mind that what matters the most is their quality of life.
Most of the organizations listed on this page exist mostly because of donations. If you are not in need of help now, you might consider “paying forward” and make a donation to one of these amazing organizations.
If you know of an association which is not on this list, please email me their info at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some options to help with a vet bill you can’t afford:
– Discuss the possibility of a financial plan with your veterinarian or the emergency hospital.
– Care Credit (www.carecredit.com) (800) 677-0718
Care Credit is a credit card which covers health care of every family member including the furry ones. Approved within minutes. Care Credit has a comprehensive range of plan options for treatment and procedures up to $25,000. They offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit almost every budget.
– Do your own fund raising:
o Garage sale, selling on EBay or other sites.
o Create a Facebook Page for your sick pet with pictures and copies of bills and share it through your friends.
o Fundraising sites: those sites all work the same way: tell your story, share pictures, copies of the bills if any (it helps), and the money raised will be sent to you most of the time on a monthly basis.
– You can also get help from many associations. Everything helps when you need to cover a huge vet bill. Some groups are for specific breeds or specific illnesses. There is help out there. It’s just not easy to find it when you are already facing an emergency.
ASSOCIATIONS FOR SPECIFIC ILLNESSES
The Magic Bullet Fund (http://themagicbulletfund.org)
Helping families who can’t afford treatment costs for dogs with cancer.
Canine Cancer Awareness (www.caninecancerawareness.org)
CCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting canine cancer. Help with cancer treatments for families in need.
Land of Pure Gold Foundation (www.landofpuregold.com)
The Land of Pure Gold Foundation provides financial help for Working Dogs who have been diagnosed with cancer (Search and Rescue, Assistance, Detection, Enforcement, Military and Animal, Assisted Therapy Dogs).
The Big Hearts Fund (www.bigheartsfund.org)
Pet owners who need financial assistance for diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart diseases. Grants are limited to services pre-approved by The Big Heart Fund Veterinary Advisory Board. This website also provides a lot of information on how to improve your pet’s quality of life.
EMERGENCY VETERINARY FUND
The Pet Fund (www.thepetfund.com)
This association provides financial assistance to owners of pets who need urgent veterinary care. All applicants are REQUIRED to contact the Pet Fund by phone (916) 443-6007 BEFORE applying for financial help.
Rose’s Fund for Animals (www.rosesfund.org)
They will financially assist, to the best of their ability, pet owners and good Samaritans who have an animal with a good prognosis for a healthy life but are at a financial loss.
The Brown Dog Foundation (www.browndogfoundation.org)
The Brown Dog Foundation is offering assistance to pet owners in temporary financial crisis in alternative to euthanasia. Use the only form to apply for assistance.
Red Rover Relief (www.redrover.org)
This is an amazing association which provides assistance grants and additional resources so pet owners and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care.
Red Rover also offers financial assistance for victims of domestic abuse and their pets.
Fetch a Cure (www.fetchacure.org)
This association offers financial support and other resources for canines in crisis.
Association dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
Shakespeare Animal Fund (www.shakespeareanimalfund.org)
Anyone can apply for funds, but SAF offers assistance mostly to those on fixed incomes or with annual incomes below $35,000. Exceptions are made depending on circumstances. It is always a one-time grant. Residence requirements apply.
The Mosby Foundation (www.themosbyfoundation.org)
The Mosby Foundation would like to help everyone who asks for aid. Due to the overwhelming number of applications, their priorities will continue to be a lifesaving emergency confirmed by a licensed veterinarian either by phone or fax. To apply for a grant, call (540) 939-4034 or email email@example.com.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (www.fveap.org)
This organization provides financial assistance to Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescued a cat or a kitten who need financial assistance to save their fur baby when life threatening illness or injury strikes.
Cats in Crisis (www.catsincrisis.org)
This association is dedicated to helping cats and kittens with special needs receive the veterinary treatment they need to live happy, healthy lives. They believe in a Commitment for Life and feel that no special needs cat should be euthanized due to a caretaker’s limited financial means.
Frankie’s Friends (www.frankiesfriends.com)
Frankie’s Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures and saving pets with cancer and other serious pet diseases. We fund Grants for emergency and specialty care from our Hope Funds to treat pets with promising outcomes whose families cannot afford the full cost of care. Shared contributions are also made by the treating hospital and treating veterinarian to give the family the most financial help possible.
God’s Creatures Ministry (http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html)
This Fund helps a little pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help.
Paws 4 A Cure (www.paws4acure.org)
The mission of Paws 4 A Cure is to provide financial assistance for canine and feline owners who cannot afford veterinary care for their pets.
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners VCP Program (www.iaadp.org)
AADP can provide some financial help to U.S. IAADP members whose assistance dogs need high cost veterinary treatment beyond their ability to pay.
Alley Cat Allies (www.alleycat.org)
Alley Cat Allies has ideas on how to make providing care more affordable, including resources for obtaining food and for helping you cover emergency veterinary costs if your family is financially struggling including your pets or any feral cat colony.
NATIONAL BREED CLUBS
Bernese Moutain Dog Emergency Health Assistance Fund (www.behaf.org)
Their goal is to make a difference in the lives of Bernese Mountain Dogs. If you are financially struggling with veterinarian bills, they will try to help.
Special Needs Dobermans (www.doberman911.org)
This organization will financially help Seniors and Special Needs Dobermans. The financial help they provide come mostly from donations.
Labrador Lifeline (www.labradorlifeline.org)
This organization was created to help owners or rescues of Labrador retrievers who are in need of financial assistance.
American Boxer Rescue Association (www.americanboxerrescue.org)
The ABRA Boxer ER Fund has been set up for assistance for rescued boxers from any rescue group. Each application will be assessed individually. These guidelines will be followed to determine if the dog is eligible for assistance through the ABRA Boxer ER Fund.
The objective of the Jake Brady Memorial Fund is simple: to provide funding for corrective, suitable and life-saving medical treatment to companion animals of families in need.
Golden Retrievers (www.goldstockfund.org)
This organization has several grants available:
. TGF General Fund was developed to serve the Golden Retriever breed and all breed that are golden hearted, and rescue community, as a supplemental source of emergency money for expenses incurred in the medical treatment, boarding, transportation or behavioral evaluation of dogs in need of rescue.
. Golden Med: Monetary assistance towards emergency medical expenses for ONLY Golden Retrievers and Golden Retrievers mixes who were abandoned or in need of rescue and for whom other funding is not available or sufficient. No age restrictions.
. Sierra Fund: A fund to aid Golden Retrievers and Golden Hearted dogs in rescue under 5 years of age with suspected forms of cancer.
. Helen Redlus Memorial Fund: For seniors and special needs Goldens. Will consider providing assistance for extraordinary medical expenses for ONLY Golden Retrievers and Golden Retrievers mixes who are 8 years of age or older or where the medical needs are extraordinary in a dog of any age.
Fox Terrier Network Inc. (www.foxterrier.com/resources/daisy-fund)
This is only for purebred Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier rescue dogs.
Great Pyrenees/Pyramedic (www.angelfire.com/bc2/pyramedic/summary.html)
Often people are unable to afford the necessary medical treatments to sustain a good “quality of life” for their Great Pyrenees when the dog has an unforeseen illness or emergency crisis. Unfortunately, suffering and/or unnecessary death of the dog are the final result. At Pyramedic, they have dedicated themselves to the continued health and well-being of the breed and are determined to alleviate such tragedies whenever possible.
Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier (www.pbrc.net/fund/financial.html)
If you have a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix in need, this association might be able to help a bit with the bills whether you are a rescuer, foster home, shelter, or Pit Bull owner.
LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS FOR THE DC METROPOLITAN AREA
PETS-DC is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabling conditions and their companion pets. They provide public health education, exercise, pet food, veterinary care, grooming, foster care, and adoptions at no cost to individuals in the Metropolitan Washington area.
Washington Animal Rescue League (www.warl.org)
The League provides affordable veterinary care for shelter animals and the pets of low-income guardians.