While the HSUS is working to improve access to veterinary care for families in need, there are resources available to share with your community. Many pet owners in crisis may turn to your organization for help and while you may not be able to provide veterinary services directly to them, you can increase the odds they will find a veterinarian to help them by making the following suggestions:
Helping pet owners work with veterinarians
- Request a payment plan. A client in good standing may be able to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan so that the entire cost of veterinary care doesn’t have to be settled up front.
- Offer to perform a service for their vet like cleaning kennels, answering phones or other work in lieu of actual cash.
- Get a second opinion. Another vet may have other, less expensive ways to treat their pet.
- Use a vet in a less expensive area. Vets in smaller towns tend to charge lower fees.
- Contact local veterinary schools. Many run low-cost clinics for limited income clients. The American Veterinary Medical Association and VeterinarySchools.com have lists of veterinary schools by state.
- Health guarantee. If the pet was purchased from a responsible breeder, a contract that gives a health guarantee could cover their pet's ailment.
Fundraising and temporary credit
Many veterinarians accept Care Credit, which is a credit card specifically for health care expenses, including family pets. Care Credit offers multiple payment options that may help someone through their pet's crisis.
Fundraising platforms like GiveForward enable the user to create a personal fundraising page to raise funds for pet medical care.
Assistance for pet owners in financial need by state
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National organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners
- Assistance Dogs Special Allowance Program (for guide, signal or service dogs)
- Brown Dog Foundation (for prescription medications)
- CorgiAid (for Corgis and Corgi mixes)
- God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity
- LabMed (for rescued Labrador Retrievers)
- Labrador Harbor (for Labrador Retrievers)
- Labrador Lifeline (for Labrador Retrievers)
- Paws 4 A Cure
- Pets of the Homeless: RedRover Relief
- Rose's Fund
- Pyramedic Trust (for Great Pyrenees)
- Shakespeare Animal Fund
- Special Needs Dobermans (for special needs Doberman Pinschers)
- The Big Hearts Fund (for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease)
- The Mosby Fund
- The Onyx & Breezy Foundation
- The Pet Fund
- Top Dog Foundation "Bentley Grant" (for senior dogs)
- WestieMed (for West Highland Terriers)
Support for pets suffering with cancer
- Canine Cancer Awareness
- Helping Harley Cancer Treatment Grant
- Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation
- Magic Bullet Fund
- The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund
- The Riedel & Cody Fund