Vet Assistance Programs

AAPAW is providing this information as a public service only and is not responsible for any inaccuracies. This is a list of organizations that help owners that cannot afford vet care. Some assist rescue organizations and homeless pets.
 
Pet Insurance
Pet insurance can provide coverage for vet bills, behavior therapies and wellness programs. Unfortunately, pet insurance is often difficult to understand, and quality of coverage varies by company. The link above provides a resource that compares different pet insurance companies.

Care Credit
(800) 859-9975

A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. Many assistance programs will require you to apply for Care Credit first. “Care Credit, the leader in patient/client financing, has helped more than 3 million patients/clients get the treatment or procedures they needed and wanted. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.”

Assistance Dog Partners
www.iaadp.org/VCP.html
Veterinary Care Partnership (VCP) Program

IAADP has established an emergency veterinary fund to provide financial aid to United States IAADP Partner Members whose assistance dogs require high cost veterinary intervention beyond their ability to pay. Seven caring companies in the animal health community have responded to the need for this supportive fund with an annual contribution: Bayer Animal Health, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., Nestle Purina, Nutramax Laboratories, Procter & Gamble and Royal Canin USA. IAADP is thrilled to have them participate in this humanitarian effort to assist members on a low income. This fund enables assistance dog partner members to provide help for their canine partners if a sudden illness or injury requires high cost veterinary intervention, beyond their financial means.

This is a grant, not an insurance or entitlement program. ONLY the Veterinarian can initiate the request for a grant to Nutramax Laboratories, administrator of the program. Members contacting Nutramax Laboratories directly will VOID their eligibility for a grant.

The goal is to “Save a Partnership.” Please realize our funds are very limited. IAADP asks Assistance Dog Partner members to only apply for funding when conditions of severe financial hardship exist.

You must be a United States IAADP Partner Member in good standing, currently partnered with an adult hearing, guide or service dog. Dogs under 18 months and retired dogs are not eligible.

American Animal Hospital Association
www.aahahelpingpets.org
(866) 4HELPETS

“The heartbreak happens all too often? A pet owner is unable to afford treatment and their sick or injured companion animal pays the price. If the owner is elderly, disabled or on a fixed income, the cost of care may be too much of a stretch for their pocketbook. Perhaps they have been victimized by crime, property loss or a job layoff and are experiencing a temporary financial hardship? Making it too difficult to afford pet care. And some animals, brought to clinics by Good Samaritans, don’t have an owner to pay for treatment. Whatever the situation, the fact remains the same: When sick or injured animals are unable to receive veterinary care, they suffer. Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship.”

Angels 4 Animals
www.angels4animals.org
(916) 941-9119
“Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible.

Brown Dog Foundation
www.browndogfoundation.org
“We are an organization 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.  We provide assistance to families who normally live above the poverty line, but have experienced a financial setback – unemployment, unexpected and major medical bills, loss of home, etc.  We are designed as a one-time benefit in most situations.  We are committed to ensuring we help maintain and strengthen the bond between pets and their families during times of unexpected financial crisis.”

Canine Cancer Awareness
http://caninecancerawareness.org
Canine Cancer Awareness is a tax-deductible non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the prevalence of canine cancer, its effects and the available treatment options. Donations made to Canine Cancer Awareness are used for veterinary care for dogs with cancer whose families are financially unable to provide treatment.

Cats in Crisis
www.catsincrisis.org
“Cats in Crisis Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance.”

Cody’s Club
Cody’s Club provides financial support for those who face radiation treatments on a limited income, and also emotional support services in the form of a hotline and in-person group that meets monthly. Any donations made to Cody’s Club are tax deductible, and will go exclusively to benefit other animal lovers who are simply trying to get the best and most comprehensive care for their pets alive when faced with the tragedy of cancer.

DaisyCares Veterinary Assistance Program
http://daisycares.com/
The San Antonio-based DaisyCares Veterinary Assistance Program was established to help financially challenged pet owners with the cost of veterinary care for their pets.

Diabetic Pets Fund
www.petdiabetes.net
“Proceeds raised by the Diabetic Pets Fund are used to aid diabetic pets in need. Due to a decline in donations, we are not accepting applications at this time.  We hope to open Funds again when donations improve.” 

Feline Outreach
www.felineoutreach.org/
P.O. Box 6933

Traverse City, MI 49696
Fax Number: 866-420-8449
“Feline Outreach is a charitable organization formed to promote the routine and medical care of companion animals, particularly cats. Due to a lack of funds, we unfortunately cannot accept applications for financial assistance at this time.”

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program (FVEAP)
www.fveap.org
Fax: (888) 301-4264

“The NEED & The HELP: Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten – any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion.” The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.”

Handicapped Pets Foundation
http://hpets.org/
(603) 637-2200

“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. We donate mobility equipment to pets in need.”

Help-A-Pet 
(630) 986-9504

“Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. For lonely seniors, physically/mentally challenged individuals and children of working parents, pets represent much more than a diversion.”

IMOM
www.imom.org
Fax: (630) 214-8952

“Mission Statement: Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.” (Note: IMOM has a special fund for diabetic cats)

Shakespeare Animal Fund
www.shakespeareanimalfund.org
(775) 342-7040

“Anyone can apply for funds, but SAF offers assistance primarily to those on fixed incomes or with annual incomes below $35,000. Exceptions are made depending on circumstances. It is always a one-time grant.”

Tails of Hope Foundation
“Tails of Hope’s mission is to help companion animals live longer, healthier lives. We carry out this mission through the implementation of assistance, educational and informational programs. Our assistance programs are aimed at providing help to individuals whose companion animals are suffering from life-threatening diseases and to the veterinary hospitals treating such animals. The goals of our educational and informational programs are to advance the state of cutting-edge veterinary medicine and to educate the veterinary medical community and the public about critical issues in veterinary medicine and technology.

Our principal programs include:
Sponsor-A-Pet™ Program. Under the Sponsor-A-Pet™ Program, Tails of Hope underwrites the cost of veterinary care for companion animals suffering from cancer or other life-threatening diseases whose owners cannot afford to pay for such care.
Quality-of-Life Program. Tails of Hope’s Quality-of-Life Program undertakes such projects as the establishment of meditation gardens and comfort rooms at veterinary hospitals, respite care programs to assist individuals in caring for ailing companion animals and the donation of much needed food, equipment and other supplies to both individuals and veterinary hospitals.

The Magic Bullet Fund
www.themagicbulletfund.org/
The Magic Bullet Fund helps people who have made room in their homes and hearts for a canine companion, but do not have the financial resources to provide cancer treatment. To the caretaker of a dog with cancer, the focus is not on advancing medical science or curing cancer! It is to spare or prolong the life of a beloved companion.

The Magic Bullet Fund is about giving every dog the chance he or she deserves to survive cancer. At best, it is about beating cancer. At least, it is about giving people and their dogs more time together – more time to find out if their dog may survive cancer, and to create a few more precious moments and lasting memories.

The Pet Fund 
www.thepetfund.com
(916) 443-6007

“The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or emergency vet visits. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.”

United Animal Nations (now Red Rover)
(916) 429-2457

“The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care.”