Medical Financial Assistance

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR MEDICAL HELP FOR YOUR PET

Please note that the inclusion of a service, organization or program in this listing is NOT an endorsement or recommendation. We have not reviewed them all. Even if we attempted to do so, management and policies can change suddenly, and funding may become unavailable. We strongly suggest that you review these resources yourself before using them. Please also note that some of these programs require that the request be made prior to the animal being treated and that most programs are limited in the amount they can grant for a specific request, so it’s important to check with several sources and to also try to raise funds yourself.
Organizations that can help:
  • In Memory of Magic (IMOM) is dedicated to ensuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because his or her caretaker is financially challenged. Request must be made before animal is treated and application is made via online form. http://www.imom.org/
  • United Animal Nations LifeLine Grant Program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers, non-profit organizations and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations. In addition to numerous other conditions, applicant must reside in the United States, and request must be made prior to treatment. Apply online. http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navId=161
  • Help-A-Pet is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for the medical care of pets of physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens, and children of the working poor. Each pet owner is asked to pay as much as they can towards the cost of care. Download application online. Phone: 630-986-9504http://www.help-a-pet.org/
  • Angels4Animals Guardian Angel Program works with veterinary clinics to assist with the cost of veterinary medical expenses to help financially challenged pet owners make decisions based on the needs of the animal rather than financial limitations. Phone: 916-941-9119, Email: staff@angels4animals.org, Website: http://www.angels4animals.org/programs.html
  • The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need vet care. Also provides information to owners about preventative care, pet insurance programs, and financial services which will ensure that pet owners are able to develop financial resources on their own and avoid future emergencies through care and planning. ALL applicants are REQUIRED to contact The Pet Fund by phone BEFORE applying for funding. Call 916-443-6007http://thepetfund.com/default.htm
  • The Brown Dog Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to maintaining the bond between pets and their families during times of financial crisis when their pet requires life-saving treatment or life-sustaining medications. The family must complete an “apply for assistance” survey online. This generates an email reviewed by a Case Manager within 24 hours. http://www.browndogfoundation.org/prequal
  • The Top Dog Foundation Bentley Grant focuses on dogs 10 years of age and older (adjusted by breed) with health issues that require medical procedures and/or ongoing medications and special care and supports situations where the owner wants to keep their aging dog, but cannot afford procedures or medications necessary to allow for a continued quality of life. Applications are available online: http://www.topdogfoundation.org/Docs/Bentley_Grant/Bentley_Grant_App_Individual.pdf    Grants are made each quarter, not to exceed $5,000. Grant application deadlines are Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 1. http://www.topdogfoundation.org/bentley.htm
  • The American Veterinary Medical Association lists accredited veterinary colleges on its website.  Some veterinary schools may treat pets at a reduced cost.  You would need to find a veterinary college near you and then contact them to inquire about their policies for treating personal pets. http://www.avma.org/education/cvea/colleges_accredited/colleges_accredited.asp

(Note: the Capper and Chris Save the Animals Fund is a program through Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine. The Fund may contribute up to 50% of the total cost of care, with a maximum of $1000 per case, and the animal must have a treatable disease or injury. http://www.cvm.tamu.edu/capperchris/index.shtml  

Other Options:

Fundraising Suggestions:

  • Make a few donation coin-cans with a cute photo of the animal and a brief explanation that money is needed for medical care (or boarding, training, etc). Ask the veterinarian if you can put one out in the office. Ask friends and family to put one of the cans on their desk at work.
  • A small event can raise significant funds if it has been well planned. It usually takes a couple of people to pull it off.  Ask family, friends, and neighbors to help.
  • Neighborhood Yard Sale: Ask neighbors and friends to contribute items. The event can be publicized in the local papers and with simple posters around town. You’ll need a place to store the items, and there is some time involved in planning, publicizing and organizing, but a single neighborhood yard sale can raise several hundred dollars.
  • Bake Sale: Another simple, low-risk way to raise money is to organize a bake sale. To be successful, the bake sale must be in a high-traffic area – where many people will pass by.
Internet Fundraising Suggestions:
  • Modest Needs – According to their site, “100% of every contribution our donors make goes directly to the low income individuals and families who’ve requested our assistance (Modest Needs’ own costs are paid by grants from foundations made for that purpose).” Applications are screened, and funds are paid to the creditors, not the applicant, to reduce chances of fraud. They cover a variety of hardship situations, including an Animal/Pet Care category. http://www.modestneeds.org/
  • Microgiving – The philosophy of microgiving is that it is powerful when “lots of people join together and give a little.” From their site: “100% of the money donated through Microgiving.com goes directly to the recipient quickly and efficiently through PayPal. (Minus PayPal’s transaction fee of approx 2%.)” http://www.microgiving.com/
  • GiveForward – This site, like the others, offers free fundraising pages to raise money for your cause. Their philosophy, like their name, is based on paying it forward. From their FAQ: “Sometimes we are the givers, sometimes we are the receivers, but always we are contributing to making the world a better place.” There are no fees for donors. Recipients are charged 3% of the total amount collected to maintain GiveForward.org. http://www.giveforward.com
  • ChipIn – From their site: “ChipIn allows anyone to collect money for a personal cause, group purchase, or fundraiser using their own custom ChipIn page.” They also have a tool that “enables bloggers to create an interactive widget that allows them to raise money directly through blogs and other social media.” ChipIn provides its services free of charge, but PayPal fees may apply.http://www.chipin.com
  • Facebook – Post photos and connect with your friends and family about the pet who needs help. Alternatively (or in addition to), you can create a public “fan page” for your cause. Viewers do not have to send a friend request to view the fan page like the standard profile page. http://www.facebook.com/

You can also check with national organizations for more information: