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Following are a variety of organizations that may help with the cost of medical services outside normal vet visits, vaccinations and well-care visits. Some require applications for assistance; some provide very specific assistance, and some work directly with veterinarians. Please read the information carefully to find out if you qualify for services as well as what each agency requires to receive its services.

866/4HELPETS (866/443-5738)

Based in Denver, Colorado, the AAHA Helping Pets Fund provides financial assistance when people cannot afford veterinary care for their pets. Through its Foundation, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) created the AAHA Helping Pets Fund in 2004 to help those in need access quality veterinary care for sick or injured pets. We can help in three types of cases:

When pet owners are on government assistance for low-income individuals

When pet owners are experiencing a financial hardship

When Good Samaritans find an animal in need who needs care, but the pet owner cannot be found
The fund does not grant money directly to individuals. A veterinary clinic applies for a grant on behalf of the animal in need. For veterinary clinics, assistance is limited to $500 per calendar year for financial hardship cases and $200 per calendar year for Good Samaritan cases. Each pet and family is limited to $500 per calendar year.

(916) 941-9119

Headquartered in El Dorado Hills, California, 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. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.

THE BEAREN FOUNDATION P.O. Box 10375, Eugene, OR 97440
(541) 242-3827

The Bearen Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “Helping People Help Their Pets.” We advocate for responsible pet guardianship and offer financial assistance to qualified applicants who face veterinary expenses beyond their means. Qualified applicants are referred to us via their veterinarian. Non-profit, in the process of obtaining our 501(c)(3)
Megan Bendtzen

(800) 859-9975

Based in Costa Mesa, California, CareCredit is a flexible patient/client payment program, specifically designed for healthcare expenses, that makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need. CareCredit is ideal for co-payments, deductibles, treatment and procedures not covered by insurance, and can be used at over 45,000 practices nationwide. CareCredit extends credit to help with pet expenses (read terms very carefully, as with any credit contract).

(630) 986-9504

Based in Hinsdale, Illinois, HELP-A-PET is a nonprofit organization which provides financial assistance for the medical care of pets whose owners are unable to afford the expense. HELP-A-PET is unique in two ways. First, it is the only U.S. charity which offers preventative, curative, and emergency medical treatment of pets through the use of local veterinarians. Second, EVERY PENNY donated is used to help pets - all payments are made directly to the veterinarian or medical supplier. Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. Application required.


Based in Pennsville, NJ. Our mission: 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. To see if you qualify for assistance, click here:

Headquartered in Owasso, Oklahoma, OSL was started by a small group of people who wanted to find a way to provide some relief for caregivers who were struggling to help their pets lead a healthy life. Through our personal experiences, having met via the Yahoo group called 'Orthodogs', we understood the particular difficulties of providing orthopedic care. Through the experiences of those close to us, we understood that companions of service dogs often face unimaginable hardships in trying to provide healthcare for their amazing canines. Our goal is to provide access to fundraising resources, and make emergency funds available for exceptional cases. OSLF is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization.
Applicants should consider OSLF as their last resort to obtain financial assistance, and should have exhausted all other possibilities. In most cases, applicants will be asked to provide a summary of their attempts to obtain other funding, which may include a loan denial from Care Credit. Applicants will be asked to provide proof that they do not have the resources necessary to provide medical care for their dog.

(916) 443-6007

Headquartered in Sacramento, California, the goal of the Pet Fund is to provide financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. The Pet Fund assists owners in covering medical costs beyond the normal expenses of vaccination, spay and neuter surgeries, food and routine veterinary care. The Pet Fund provides need-based financial assistance for the benefit of owners of domestic animals in order to provide for such animals’ urgent veterinary care needs (where serious medical care is needed beyond routine procedures) including treatment, surgery, and medications. Read the funding guidelines carefully.


(916) 429-2457

Located in Sacramento, California, the LifeLine program provides grants for companion animals during life-threatening emergencies when rescuers or caregivers cannot afford the entire cost of treatment. 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. Read the application guidelines carefully; they are very specific and have some significant limitations.
Here are a few other resources, although many of them are duplicates of the above:
I hope that you will find timely help through one of those, but do check to see of your local vets will give credit, or if your local humane society has a veterinary fund

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