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I am always looking for resources to share which help people afford health care for their sick pets. This article from Dog Heirs/Where Dogs Are Family offers a numbers of options, ideas, and suggestions. Check them out. Do you have other suggestions? Please let me know in the comments section of this post.
Resources To Turn To If You Are Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care For Your Dog
By DogHeirs Team | March 13, 2015 | Comments (1)
With this in mind, here are some financial resources and options you can look to for help.
The RedRover Relief program provides financial and emotional support to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets. They also have a program that helps with disaster relief, criminal seizures and hoarding cases.
The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.
The benevolent arm of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the AAHA Foundation offers the AAHA Helping Pets Fund which works with AAHA-accredited veterinary practices to identify pets in need. Accredited practices may then apply for assistance from the Fund for emergency and non-elective treatment of abandoned pets and pets whose owners are facing financial hardship.
This all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity helps people cover vet bills when they just can’t do it themselves. They also help with spay/neuter and have a staff on hand to answer questions or get you the resources you need for any issues with your pet.
Harley’s Hope offer several services for low-income pet owners, service animals, seniors and short-term foster care.
This organization is dedicated to helping families who find themselves in a temporary financial crisis at the same time their pet requires life-saving treatment or life-sustaining medications.
The Banfield Charitable Trust has numerous programs including grants to help with veterinary care, food programs (like Meals on Wheels), helping homebound pet owners and owners in hospice care among others.
They help elderly, disabled and those whose total income does not exceed the current federal poverty guidelines to obtain emergency pet care. The fund was founded after the loss of a beloved cocker spaniel “Shakespeare”. He died after a very costly illness, and in his memory this fund was founded to help others who might face financial problems while trying to save their pets.
This is a privately run nonprofit started in memory of the founder’s dogs. This foundation has helped animals in a variety of ways: from spay/neuter programs, to getting dogs on death row out of high-kill shelters, to providing emergency medical care to animals whose owners have fallen on hard times.
The Handicapped Pets Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the health and well-being of elderly, disabled, and injured pets. They also donate mobility equipment to pets in need.
Credit Cards for Veterinary Care
Since many veterinary hospitals do not take payment plans, getting one of these specialized cards may be a solution if you are not able to afford the whole cost of treatment all at once. Your veterinarian must offer this service, in order for you to use so check with your veterinarian to see which cards are accepted.
Dog-Breed Specific Support
There are many rescue groups and associations that support specific dog breeds. Reach out to your local breed clubs for information on local, state and national groups involved in dog breed-specific veterinary care assistance programs. Examples include groups like CorgiAid, Special Needs Dobermans, LabMed, Pit Bull Rescue Central.
Disease Specific Support
There are groups that help with specific canine diseases such as Canine Cancer Awareness, The Reidel & Cody Fund, The Magic Bullet Fund, Helping Harley Fund, and Muffin Diabetes Fund, The Big Hearts Fund.
Working Dogs / Service Dog Support
Try raising your own funds through fundraising platforms like GiveForward, YouCaring.com, GoFundMe, that let you create a personal fundraising page to raise funds for your pet’s medical care. They charge a small percentage of funds raised.
There are many other local groups and rescues that may be able to help, or point you in the right direction for assistance. Many will know of low-cost vet clinics and possible solutions for funds.
Keep in mind the groups listed above are primarily for helping families with emergency medical situations. If you are looking for low cost-spay and neuter and vaccinations, try calling your local animal control or rescue organizations for information. Another good place to check for this information would be with veterinary schools in your city or checking with veterinary associations such as The American Veterinary Medical Association.
Diane, Mose, and Jasper
I came across this blog post today…full of important information regarding resources to help pay for cancer treatment. The most heartbreaking experience I can imagine is knowing there may be options to cure or slow down the progression but not having the funds to do so. The blogger encouraged us to share the post so here it is in its entirety. Note, this is not specific to Northern New Mexico but can be accessed my anyone. Good Luck!
“Pets are our kids. We love them and want the best care possible if they get hurt. The best option is pet insurance but sometimes even that isn’t enough. Ever since I took the Schoep and John photo I get emails from wonderful pet owners who simply cannot afford an unexpected vet bill and need advice on where to look. There are a ton of resources out there, but the problem is finding them when you need them. I’m hoping this is a nice one stop resource for those who need it.
Unexpected medical expenses pop up at the most inopportune (ok – always at inopportune) times. It’s not a reflection of someone’s character if they’re not able to pay. Sometimes weird stuff just happens – and it’s usually right on top of a refrigerator breaking, needing new brakes, or something else ridiculously expensive.
If you cannot find a vet who will let you pay later or let you do a payment plan, there are options such as Care Credit In addition, if you don’t qualify for Care Credit, there are definitely other ways to fund care.
Want to raise all or a portion of your funds through donations? Many, but not all, online fundraisers take a small percentage to pay credit card fees, etc. Make sure you read the fine print.
- GiveForward (this is the one people used for my fundraiser when my husband passed away, and that I have now used for others). You pick an amount and a payout date and people can share and donate as they wish. http://www.giveforward.com/p/help-with-vet-bills
- YouCaring: https://www.youcaring.com/create-fundraiser.aspx
- PetCaring: http://www.petcaring.com/ (Division of YouCaring)
Emergency Vet Care Funds:
- Banfield: http://www.banfieldcharitabletrust.org/pet-owners/vet-care-assistance/
- BluePearl Vet Clinics – http://www.frankiesfriends.com/ – (LOVE Blue Pearl – that’s who Stewie went to in the Minneapolis/St Paul area)
Grants, food help, etc
- http://www.bigheartsfund.org/ (financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease)
- http://www.browndogfoundation.org/ (prescription medications)
- http://caninecancerawareness.org/ cancer, dogs
- http://www.catsincrisis.org/ cats
- http://www.dccfund.org/ dogs and cats with cancer
- http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html all animals
- http://www.imom.org/ all pets
- http://www.themagicbulletfund.org/ dogs with cancer
- http://www.themosbyfoundation.org/ dogs
- http://www.onyxandbreezy.org/ dogs and cats
- http://www.paws4acure.org/ dogs and cats
- http://www.petfoodstamps.org/aboutus/ pet food help
- http://www.petsofthehomeless.org/ pet food & vet care for homeless
- http://www.rosesfund.org/ all pets
- http://www.shakespeareanimalfund.org/ all pets
This list of emergency pet care funds is not guaranteed, nor do I endorse any of the companies/products/organizations/non profits listed. This list is also not a comprehensive list, and if you know of others, PLEASE list them in the comments below. I would appreciate it! I want to help as many people and pets as I can. I would also love it if you would share this on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or anywhere else you feel people would benefit from the information”
Diane & Mose
January 19, 2014