Emergency Veterinary Care Funding

Emergency Veterinary Care Funding

Almost all pet owners have experienced a time or two when that unexpected vet bill arises and we scramble to find out how to pay it. It’s even worse when we are faced with a choice on funding the service or watching our beloved pet suffer. 

Here is a quick step-by-step guide that will assist you in identifying ways to help pay your veterinary bills.

Care Credit


A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. “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.”

Reach out to friends and family, especially through your social networking sites, using things like GoFundMe, YouCaring, and Crowdrise.

Animalovers Pets Helping Pets fund


May no longer exist; unclear.  Use “Contact Us” tab.


Guilderhaven Inc. 

(518) 861-6861

Spay/neuter assistance. Emergency Vet funding temporarily suspended between 2/17 and 7/17.


The Animal Support Project


The Animal Support Project (TASP) is based in the Capital Region of NY. TASP performs Crisis Intervention directly with companion animal owners to keep animals living with their families. In extreme cases where no other solution is possible and space is available, we will foster and re-home animals to ensure their best interest. We are the region’s ONLY all-volunteer, all-species companion animal safety net.

RedRover Relief


The RedRover Relief program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations. The goal of the program is to help animals who need immediate veterinary care to survive. The typical grant is $150 to $200, however larger grants may be awarded based upon several factors, including: medical urgency, financial need, available funding and eligibility. 

Also have grant for domestic violence survivors and their pets that can provide for temporary boarding of pet. Must be working with or in a DV shelter. 

The Onyx & Breezy Foundation


lends funding and support to:

Spay and neuter programs

Rescue of animals from kill shelters

Food, medicine and supplies

Cancer Research

Medicine and equipment for military and police canines

Equipment for medical facilities

Puppy mill rescues and disaster relief

Shelters, rescues, foster groups and sanctuaries

Pets of individuals where medical hardship is present

Other endeavors that benefit the welfare of animals

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 veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or medical treatment.

The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or medical treatment.

The Pet Fund ONLY funds non-basic, non-emergency care. This includes medical care that is above and beyond basic care but which does not require urgent treatment.

First call for approval to apply:
(916) 443-6007

Harley’s Hope Foundation


Must call first at (719) 495-6083 to see if applications being accepted. As of 2/15/17, they are accepting applications for major vet and training. After hours emergency only number (719) 362-6335

Pet Assistance Fund

Financial assistance is offered, as resources allow, to assist with major or emergency veterinary care and behavioral or specialty training. Qualified candidates must complete the application for assistance found under the Applications tab and submit with proof of financial need. 

Please note that in veterinary cases, HHF funds are for treatment only.  We do not cover the cost of diagnosing medical issues, so candidates must have already received a diagnosis, treatment plan, and survival prognosis of fair or better to qualify.  This program is offered nationwide as resources allow.

Service Animal Aid Fund

HHF is the first nonprofit to offer an assistance program for medical service and assistance dogs that does not restrict funding based on geographic location, diagnosis, or type of services the animal provides.  Proof of financial need and proof of working dog status is required.  This program is offered nationwide as resources allow.

Special Services Project

Our Special Services Project focuses on elderly and disabled human clients with pets in need, as well as elderly and disabled animals at higher risk for major health conditions who could not easily be rehomed if their family had to give them up.  Hands on assistance is currently only available in the Pikes Peak Region, while financial assistance is available nationally.

Shakespeare Animal Fund


Call first at (775) 342-7040 to leave a message.  Then fill out “contact us” form on line.  Income must be at or below 150% of Federal poverty guideline. 

Frankie’s Friends


The Mosby Foundation



Must be spayed/neutered first

Will not cover dental, diagnostics or vet visits.

Dogs only.

Online prequalifying application required.

STARelief & Pet Assistance


Apply online.

Home for Life Grant.

Typically $100-500

Emergency vet care.

Emergency boarding/foster care.

S/N, Routine care.

End of life services.

Pie Fund


Dogs only.

Shares cost only; will not pay entire bill.

Use “contact” form online.

Hearts United for Animals


Emergency funding available.

Dogs and Cats eligible.

Must apply for Care Credit first.

Application online.

The Sergei Foundation


Primarily North Carolina residents, but will assist nationally if funds are available.

Dogs or Cats eligible.

Emergency care available.

Brown Dog Foundation


Primarily Tennessee residents, but will consider other areas if funding is available. 

Dogs only.

Life-threatening only.

Prince Chunk Foundation, Inc.


The Emergency Veterinary Care Assistance Program provides free emergency care to applicants who are currently experiencing financial hardships.  If You Are Currently Experiencing a Veterinary Emergency:  If you are currently experiencing a medical emergency with your pet, and are unable to provide the required funding, please print and complete an application immediately and fax it to 856-245-7840. 

After faxing your completed application, please contact the Prince Chunk Foundation so we can begin working on your request immediately.

Disease specific

The Big Hearts Fund


Financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease.

**Application freeze as of 2/17.**

Canine Cancer Awareness


Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc. 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.

Not accepting applications as of September 2013 (still true 3/14/14 and 2/15/17).

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. If approved will be notified within 10 days. 

Magic Bullet Fund


For the treatment of canine cancer.

There is a 1-2 week review process.

Riedel and Cody Foundation


Cats and dogs with cancer.

Treatment only. Will not pay for surgery.

2 Comments on "Emergency Veterinary Care Funding"

  • Vanessa lawhorn says

    My cat needs a vet has diarrhea. I called vet on central ave they said $70 to bring her in and that doesn’t cover the meds. Im on disability. Can u please help

    • Diane Mets says

      Please refer to our emergency veterinary care funding list for possible assistance. Orange Street Cats does not provide funding assistance.

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