When clients can't afford to pay for a pet's treatment, everyone loses. The animal suffers or is euthanized; the owner grieves from loss or guilt; the veterinarian aches knowing what could have been done.
Thankfully, due to the recent recession, numerous nonprofit organizations have been created to help pet owners pay for veterinary care they cannot afford. For high-end costs, such as cancer or orthopedic surgery, most of these organizations will kick in part of the necessary cost, not all of it. For smaller needs, such as dentals in a diseased mouth, some organizations may foot the entire bill. Some routine care is covered, although most of these funds are for emergency or long-term treatment.
The organizations listed below that are based in the United States are listed at Guide Star as having a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, unless otherwise noted.
Before applying, be sure to read the organization's guidelines, and be certain to fill out the entire application.
If you know of an organization offering assistance with veterinary treatment bills and would like to see it listed here, please email it to Feedback@VeterinaryPartner.com.
Big Hearts Fund-for heart disease
Canine Cancer Awareness-cancer treatment for dogs
Cats in Crisis-for cats with kidney, thyroid, neurological or cardiac disease
Diabetic Cats in Need-for shelters, rescues, low-income owners
Dog and Cat Cancer Fund-cancer treatment
FETCH a Cure- for pets with cancer
Joshua Lewis Cancer Foundation- pets with cancer
Magic Bullet Fund- dogs with cancer
PieFund- focuses on cancer
Riedel Cody Fund- cancer treatment
Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation- dogs with cancer