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Help pet owners work with veterinarians

No one wants to see a pet separated from their family simply because medical expenses are out of reach

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 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

Support for pets suffering with cancer

Other resources