Have you been facing some financial hardship resulting in it becoming difficult to pay for pet care like vet bills? Don’t worry, help is out there! My Pet Child is a project we started to help you find non-profits and charities that offer financial assistance to pet owners. The support can come in several ways including:
Veterinary Bills including Spay and Neuter
Whether it’s for spay and neuter, pet wellness checks, or for an emergency surgery, there are non-profits and charities that may be able to subsidize your veterinary bill. Some of these organizations may also offer discounted vouchers that can be used in participating veterinary clinics.
You can search for local organizations near you by visiting our page on low-cost veterinary care. Alternatively, you can also check our list below for national organizations that may also offer help with vet bills.
Free Pet Food and Supplies
More and more animal shelters are offering pet food pantry programs for pet owners who can’t afford to spend money on pet food and supplies. You can visit our pet food and supplies page to start searching for food pantries near you that may be able to distribute pet supplies.
In addition to pet-based non-profits that offer free pet food, you should also reach out to the local food banks as they may occasionally have pet food to give away.
Non-Profits and Charities that Help with Vet Bills
Here is a list of non-profit organizations and charities that offer pet financial assistance nationwide. Please note that the assistance programs these organizations offer can be quite competitive so don’t rely on them completely. Keep your financial aid search going while the application is getting processed.
The Pet Fund
Founded in 2003, the Pet Fund is a non-profit that helps fund veterinary care for those who aren’t able to afford it. The Pet Fund is able to support the costs of non-basic, non-urgent care. This applies to treatments such as heart disease care and cancer treatment. Pet owners can contact the organization by email for further inquiries.
Friends and Vets Helping Pets
Friends and Vets Helping Pets was founded to help low-income families pay for vet bill that’s necessary to save a pet’s life. Friends and Vets Helping Pets will help fund treatments for curable diseases such as broken bones, costly medication, and post-surgical prosthetic. The fund isn’t applicable for routine veterinary care and diagnostics.
Oscar’s Cause is another great non-profit that helps animals get appropriate medical care. They offer vet bill assistance for both emergency and non-emergency situations. For emergency situations, pet owners are first required to submit a request form with a photo before calling the organization’s emergency hotline for further instructions.
RedRover Emergency Aid
RedRover provides financial assistance for low-income individuals and survivors of domestic violence. They offer a number of different grants, including a grant for emergency boarding, a grant for urgent care, and a grant for escaping domestic violence. For the urgent care grant, pet owners will need to send a diagnosis and treatment plan from a certified veterinarian in order to be considered.
CareCredit offers financing for vet care costs for routine appointments as well as costs for emergency situations. Routine veterinary treatments include annual check-ups, dental care, medication, micro-chipping, and vaccinations.
The Mosby Foundation
The Mosby Foundation offers one-time financial aid to pet owners. Funding may be granted to vet care treatments excluding diagnostics, general or routine veterinary care, and emergency treatments. The grant also doesn’t apply to veterinary treatments that have already been done. Pet owners must show proof of spay or neutering in order for their pet to be considered for assistance.
Brown Dog Foundation
The Brown Dog Foundation works with clinics and pet-owning families to find the most affordable path to save pets in bad health. The fund is applicable for pet owners who are facing a temporary financial crisis and specifically for pets that require life-saving treatment.
The Companion Bridge is an online community that supports animals that require significant medical care. Pet owners can create a page on the site and share their story. Approved funds are distributed to the vet that provides the treatment.
Fetch a Cure
Fetch a Cure offers the Companions in Crisis program, which helps provide financial aid to families that need to pay for life-saving cancer treatments for their companion animal. The program serves residents in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
Land of PureGold Foundation
The Land of PureGold Foundation offers a grant for working dogs diagnosed with cancer. The $1,000 grant is sent directly to the vet personnel who provides the treatment. Applicants must have full-time, active working dogs to be considered for the grant.
For the Love of Alex
For the Love of Alex is a non-profit that offers emergency funding to low-income families for urgent and lifesaving pet care. Pet owners can go on their website and submit an application. Pets must be spayed or neutered to be considered.
Feeding Pets of the Homeless
Feeding Pets of the Homeless provides emergency veterinary care to pets that belong to the homeless across the US and Canada.