Please Let Us Help You to Try to Keep Your Pet,
Before Surrendering Them to a Shelter or Rescue Organization!
(If after reading the following links, you feel that you MUST surrender your pet,
(The above link is a comprehensive list of pet financial aid-related organizations, listed alphabetically by state.)
The following is information found online regarding financial aid for pet owners with injured or sick animals.
STAR’s long term vision is to ensure that no Connecticut pet guardian will ever have to abandon their pet due to economic hardship, and to ensure that all companion animals are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
The Pet Fund at http://www.thepetfund.com/application/.
Angels 4 Animals http://www.angels4animals.org 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. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.
Care Credit http://www.carecredit.com Quote: A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. “CareCredit, 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. Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
IMOM http://www.imom.org 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.
The Pet Fund http://thepetfund.com 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.
Other Groups Who are Breed or Injury Specific:
Corgi Aid http://www.corgiaid.org
Dachshunds Needing IVDD surgery http://members.rushmore.com/~dds/applyforhelp.htm
HandicappedPets.com http://www.handicappedpets.com/Articles/help/ From time to time, HandicappedPets.com recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help. There are those who are so selflessly dedicated to their animal families that they give up a little more than they can afford.
Check these for help. GENERAL:
The Animal Foundation: http://www.theanimalfund.com
In Memory of Magic: http://www.imom.org/
The Pet Fund: http://www.thepetfund.com/
California Los Angeles area: http://www.actorsandothers.com/emergencyhelp.html
New York: http://www.nysave.org/
North Carolina: http://www.ashleyfund.org/
The Sergei Foundation, Inc. is a North Carolina non-profit organization that helps people in financial need pay for their sick or injured dog’s diagnosis/treatment when there’s just no place else to turn; because you can’t turn your head when they’re family.
BREED SPECIFIC: Assistance dogs: http://www.iaadp.org/VCP.html
Bernese Mountain Dog: http://www.behaf.com/index.html
Great Pyrenees: http://www.angelfire.com/bc2/pyramedic/summary.html
DISEASE SPECIFIC: Diabetic Pet Fund: http://www.petdiabetes.net/fund/
Special Needs cats: http://www.catsincrisis.org/crisisFund.html
Feline kidney disease: http://www.catsincrisis.org/mesaFund.html
Feline heart and thyroid: http://www.catsincrisis.org/stripesFund.html
Feline neurological disorder: http://www.catsincrisis.org/gillieFund.html __
Angels4Animals- Guardian Angels For Animals- Financial Assistance for Pet Care
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
“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.
God’s Creatures Ministry
“This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help.”
The Pet Fund
“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.”
What You Can Do If You Are Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care by the Humane Society of the United States (fromhttp://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/what_you_can_do_if_you_are_having_trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html)
Many pet owners, at one point or another, are faced with unexpected veterinary bills. Veterinary medicine has progressed so far that now pet owners have new, and often expensive, options for the care of their ailing pets. Although the cost of veterinary care is actually very reasonable in comparison with the much higher cost of human health care, an unexpected medical emergency can present a major financial dilemma for an unprepared pet owner.
The Humane Society of the United States recommends that, in addition to preparing for routine pet-care costs, you regularly set aside savings to cover for unexpected veterinary bills. Create a special “pet savings account” and contribute money to it on a regular basis.
If, despite your planning, your pet incurs major veterinary expenses that you have trouble affording, consider these suggestions:
Ask your veterinarian if he or she will let you work out a payment plan. Many veterinarians are willing to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan so that you do not have to pay the entire cost of veterinary care up front.
Contact your local shelter. Some shelters operate or know of local subsidized veterinary clinics or veterinary assistance programs. You can find the name and number of your local shelter in the Yellow Pages of your phone book under “animal shelter, ” “animal control, ” or “humane society, ” or by calling Information. You can also go to www.Pets911.com and enter your zip code to find a list of animal shelters, animal control agencies, and other animal care organizations in your community.
If you have a specific breed of dog, contact the National Club for that breed. In some cases, these clubs offer a veterinary financial assistance fund.
Ask your veterinarian to submit an assistance request to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) “Helping Pets Fund.” In order to qualify, your animal hospital must be AAHA accredited. To learn more about the program visit the AAHA web site (http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/home/). To find a AAHA accredited hospital in your area, search online at www.Pets911.com.
Use your credit card. Ask for a higher credit limit or a cash advance.
Call your bank. Ask about loan programs, second mortgages, or other options. Consider borrowing from your life insurance policy, vacation savings, kids’ education fund, or retirement program.
Ask your employer for a salary advance.
Alert family and friends and ask them each for a $25 loan.
Pawn your stuff. TVs and VCRs can be replaced. Your pet can’t.
Consider taking on a part-time job or temping.
Contact the regional office of The HSUS that covers your state. Our regional office staff is often familiar with organizations and personnel within their territory and may be able to direct you to programs in your area.
Please remember that, depending on the severity of your pet’s illness or injury, you may still lose your pet even after great expense. Discuss the prognosis and treatment options thoroughly with your veterinarian, including whether surgery or treatment would just cause your animal discomfort without preserving a life of good quality.
Also remember that a little preventive care can go a long way. Having your pet spayed or neutered, keeping her shots up to date, and keeping your pet safely confined can prevent serious and costly health problems. If you have trouble affording the cost to spay or neuter your pet, contact your local animal shelter. They may operate a clinic or know of a local clinic that offers subsidized services.