Financial Assistance for Veterinary Bills & Pet Care Expenses

Pet Financial Assistance

Have you recently faced some unexpected circumstances making it difficult to either care for your pet or to pay for the vet bills? Don’t worry, help is out there! My Pet Child is a project we started to help you find local and national organizations or charities that offer financial assistance to pet owners. The support can come in several ways including:

Vet Bills including Spay and Neuter

Whether it’s for a routine surgery like spay and neuter or for an emergency surgery, help is out there from organizations that may be able to subsidize the veterinary bill. Start your search on our website to find non-profits and charities that may help with your vet bill. If you don’t find any resources, contact your local animal shelter or government-run animal service as they are likely to have a list of supporting organizations as well.

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. Most of these organizations will ask for proof that you are either low-income or meet requirements of truly facing financial difficulties.

In addition to these organizations, you might also have luck getting pet food from the regular food banks. It’s best to contact them in advance as supply isn’t always available.

Organizations and Charities that Help with Vet Bills

There are organizations and charities that offer pet financial assistance nationwide. Please note, however, that the application process can be quite competitive given the amount of pet owners that need help with vet bills.

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
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.

Companion Bridge
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.

Labrador Life Line
Labrador Life Line offers financial assistance to owners of Labradors. The charity may be able to support the cost of non-routine veterinary care. Pet owners can submit an application to be considered for the grant.

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.