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Financial Aid for Pet Owners

Financial Aid

(updated August 29, 2010)


How to Budget

So how much does it really cost to own a pet? Before disaster strikes, consider these articles in the Petfinder Library, and include your furry friends in the family budget.

If you're not personally in need of the following emergency services, please consider making a much-needed donation to one of these organizations. They've been hit very hard by the recent economic crisis, and many have had to temporarily suspend aid. Your contributions would enable them to continue to help sick and injured animals across the nation.

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For Cats Only

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
http://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.

Cats in Crisis
http://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.

Feline Outreach
http://www.felineoutreach.org/
Feline Outreach is a charitable organization formed to promote the routine and medical care of companion animals, particularly cats. Among other goals, the organization maye enable shelters and the public to adopt, keep, and/or care for companion animals, particularly those with special needs - this support may be financial, educational, or in other forms.

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Sick or Injured Animals

American Animal Hospital Association, AAHA Helping Pets Fund
http://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
http://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. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.

Brown Dog Foundation
http://www.browndogfoundation.org/
Brown Dog Foundation offers pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative to euthanasia when their pet faces a treatable life-threatening condition in order to restore the quality of life for pet and owner.

Care Credit
http://www.carecredit.com/vetmed/
(800) 677-0718
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. 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.

Help-A-Pet
http://www.help-a-pet.org/
(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
http://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.

The Mosby Foundation
http://www.themosbyfoundation.org/
The Mosby Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, to assist in the care of sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.

NY SAVE
http://www.nysave.org/
NY SAVE's mission is to provide funding for emergency veterinary care of companion animals owned by low-income NYC residents when these pets need immediate treatment in order to survive, and their owners are unable to pay the costs involved.

The Pet Fund
http://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.

Piggers' Pals
http://www.piggerspals.org/
Piggers' Pals: A Foundation of Hope is a nonprofit organization that was designed to assist families in need seek specialty level care for their pets. The foundation will accept applications from individuals or families that require financial assistance to provide advanced medical and/or surgical veterinary care that will extend both quantity and quality of life for their pets that would otherwise not be available to them. Applicants will be screened as to financial need and the ability to provide preventive health care both before and after assistance from the foundation.

Shakespeare Animal Fund
http://www.shakespeareanimalfund.org/
(775) 342-7040
Shakespeare Animal Fund, a non-profit charity 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 pet.

United Animal Nations
http://www.uan.org/
(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.

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Cancer Only

Land of PureGold Foundation
http://landofpuregold.com/
Land of PureGold Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit providing cancer treatment grants for working dogs, and funding research in comparative oncology.

The Magic Bullet Fund
http://www.themagicbulletfund.org/
The Magic Bullet Fund helps people who have a dog with cancer but cannot afford treatment costs.

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Breed or Injury Specific

Berner Emergency Health Assistance Fund
http://www.behaf.org/
Berner Emergency Health Assistance Fund seeks to provide some financial assistance to owners of purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs who find themselves in need of a little help when their dogs are accidentally injured or develop catastrophic medical conditions.

The ABRA (American Boxer Rescue Association) ER Fund
http://www.americanboxerrescue.org/americanboxer/er+fund/default.asp
The ABRA ER fund exists to help rescues with unexpected veterinary expenses for surgeries and other emergency procedures. Each application will be assessed individually. Check specific guidelines online.

Boxer Rescue Foundation: Toby's Gift
http://www.boxerrescuefoundation.com/tobygift.htm
Toby's Gift will help Boxers in cases of emergency medical need, whose owners find themselves facing huge veterinary bills while in a temporary financial crisis. Monetary assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will greatly depend on need, veterinarian's prognosis, and financial status of the fund.

Corgi Aid
http://www.corgiaid.org/
CorgiAid is a nonprofit organization founded to provide financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes. We help out those who rescue dogs from shelters or other non-permanent homes, then foster them until a new home is found. Medical and other expenses for these dogs can become high; CorgiAid gathers donations from those who want to help, and, within our funding guidelines, and gets funds to those rescuers who apply for help.

Special Needs Dobermans
http://www.doberman911.org/
Doberman911.org is a website for Special Needs Dobermans (SND). They are an organization of people with a common goal of helping senior and special needs Dobermans. That need may be financial or it may be only information and/or moral support for the owner of a Doberman with a serious illness or injury. They will also aid in rehoming and fostering senior Dobermans. These Dobermans may be shelter rescues or they may already be much loved companions with a special need. Financial aid may be through donations or through avenues such as online auctions. Every precaution will be taken to assure that the need is real.

The Goldstock Fund (Golden Retrievers and other)
http://www.goldstockfund.org/tgf/index.html
The Goldstock Fund's mission is to provide funds to rescue organizations or individuals to pay for transportation, boarding, evaluations and medical costs of golden retrievers and golden hearted dogs taken into rescue.

PYRAMEDIC Trust (PaT)
http://www.angelfire.com/bc2/pyramedic/summary.html
The goal of the PYRAMEDIC Trust (PaT) is to provide financial assistance for Great Pyrenees' owners/rescuers whose Pyrs are in need of emergency medical care.

Labrador Harbor
http://www.labradorharbor.org/guidelines.html
Labrador Harbor was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in late 2005 to provide charitable funds to private citizens or non-profit rescue organizations that directly benefit the immediate physical well-being of Labrador Retrievers. We believe there are too many labs who are euthanized simply because loving families and supporters simply do not have the financial resources to cover the costs of life-saving medical procedures or rehabilitation. Our goal is to help provide financial assistance and resources to these families and supporters in an effort to provide a second chance to labs that would benefit from surgeries or rehabilitation techniques.

Labrador Lifeline
http://www.labradorlifeline.org/
Labrador Life Line, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) Not for Profit Organization created to help owners or rescuers of Labrador Retrievers who are in need of financial assistance.

LabMed: Rx For Rescued Labs
http://www.labmed.org/
Welcome to LABMED, where helping rescued Labradors in need of medical attention is our mission. Founded in 1996, LABMED is an Internet-based non-profit organization created to distribute financial aid to injured or ill rescues around the country, giving them a second chance at adoption and love from a permanent family.

Pit Bull Rescue Central
http://www.pbrc.net/fund/financial.html
Pit Bull Rescue Central provides medical treatment to needy Pit Bulls within certain guidelines.

WestieMed, Inc.
http://www.westiemed.org/
Welcome to the WestieMed web site, where helping rescued Westies in need of medical attention is our Mission. WestieMed, Inc., is an all-volunteer, IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to distribute financial aid to injured or ill rescue Westies.

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