It can happen to anyone due to unexpected circumstances. Unfortunately, the covid-19 pandemic has led to more and more pet owners facing the challenge of affording important necessities for their cats and dogs. The good news is that there are a lot of great organizations out there, both local and national, that are able to help out.
Financial support for pet owners can come in several different forms. Here are the most common types of resources that pet owners may have access to:
Pet Food and Supplies
Non-profit organizations that give away free pet food and supplies include your local animal shelters or independent pet food pantries. Most organizations will list these services on their website but it doesn’t hurt to give them a call separately to confirm if they have any supply to distribute for pet owners facing financial difficulties.
Please keep in mind that many of these organizations distribute the pet food as a supplement so you can’t rely on the free distribution to cover all of your pet’s dietary needs. Some organizations may also request proof-of-address and income-proof in order for pet owners to be eligible for the free pet food or supplies.
You can start your pet food and supplies search here for locally-based organizations.
Spay and Neuter
Many pet owners want their cats or dogs to go through a spay or neuter procedure but may end up not doing it due to the costs involved with the procedure. Fortunately, there are many great organizations out there that offer this procedure at a low-cost. Some of these organizations you can find in our pet financial aid directory.
If you can find one at an affordable price then we strongly suggest getting your pet a spay or neuter procedure. The ASPCA offers a number of reasons why this procedure is important. It may offer a number of behavioral and health benefits. For male pets, it may prevent testicular cancer and problems associated with the prostate. For female pets, it may enable them to live a longer and healthier life.
If you aren’t able to find a reputable low-cost spay or neuter clinic in your area then the next best step would be to call your local animal shelter to see if they have recommendations. Some of these animal shelters may offer low-cost veterinary services themselves.
You can start your subsidized veterinary search here for locally-based organizations.
National Pet Financial Grants
In addition to the above local support, you may want to also check with the following organizations that offer pet grant or resources at a national level. Please note that many if not all of these organizations receive hundreds of applications per day so the grants or financial support programs they offer may not necessarily be suitable for someone who requires emergency care for their pets. We suggest reaching out to your local pet shelters in such instances.
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
This organization was founded to help low-income families pay for vet care that’s necessary to save a pet’s life. Friends & 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. The fund also doesn’t apply to treatments that have already been done.
Oscar’s Cause is another great non-profit that helps animals get appropriate medical care. They offer financial assistance for both emergency and non-emergency situations. For emergency situations, pet owners are required to submit a request form with a photo then to call 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.
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.