The following are a variety of organizations that may help with the cost of medical services outside normal vet visits, vaccinations and well-care visits. Some require applications for assistance; some provide very specific assistance, and some work directly with veterinarians. Please read the information carefully to find out if you qualify for services as well as what each agency requires to receive its services. Listing these organizations DOES NOT guarantee that you will receive help. They are listed as possible resources.
Based in Denver, Colorado, the AAHA Helping Pets Fund provides financial assistance when people cannot afford veterinary care for their pets. Through its Foundation, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) created the AAHA Helping Pets Fund in 2004 to help those in need access quality veterinary care for sick or injured pets. We can help in three types of cases:
The Fund does not accept applications from individuals. Only AAHA-accredited veterinary practices can apply for a grant on behalf of the pet in need. Assistance is limited to $700 per AAHA-accredited practice per calendar year. The maximum available to each family is $500 per year and $1000 lifetime.
Headquartered in El Dorado Hills, California, 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.
THE BEAREN FOUNDATION P.O. Box 10375, Eugene, OR 97440
The Bearen Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization whose mission is “Helping People Help Their Pets.” We advocate for responsible pet guardianship and offer financial assistance to qualified applicants who face veterinary expenses beyond their means. Qualified applicants are referred to us via their veterinarian.
Megan Bendtzen firstname.lastname@example.org www.bearenfoundation.org
(866) 893-7864 (cardholders only)
Based in Costa Mesa, California, CareCredit is a personal line of credit, specifically designed for healthcare expenses, that makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need. CareCredit can be used at over 90,000 participating practices nationwide. (Read terms very carefully, as with any credit contract).
CATS IN CRISIS
The mission of Cats in Crisis to assist individuals who have exhausted all other financial means to provide the necessary medical care their cat needs. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot help everyone. Decisions are based on several factors including: medical urgency, available funding, eligibility and financial need.
Our grants are typically in the amount of $150, but are determined on a case by case basis. We do offer the opportunity for caretakers to fundraise on our website as well. Payments made to veterinarians, pharmacies or animal welfare organizations; not individuals/caretakers. Read guidelines carefully (Apply for Financial Aid section); eligibility is very specific.
CITY OF EUGENE SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC 3970 W 1st Ave, Eugene, OR 97402
We provide low cost spaying/neutering and vaccines. Hours for vaccines are M-F 1:00 to 4:00 and Sat 1:00 to 4:45. Spay/neuter by appointment only.
FELINE VETERINARY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (FVEAP)
The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program headquartered in Yuba City, California, 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. Services are provided nationwide. Qualifications are very specific, so be sure to click on Funding Guidelines when visiting the site.
FERAL CAT COALITION OF OREGON-EUGENE (FCCO) P.O. Box 82734, Portland. OR, 97282
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats. FCCO’s mobile hospital no longer serves the Eugene area, but does serve some of the surrounding areas. The only cats eligible for the clinics are stray, feral, or abandoned cats who are not part of a human family, but are being fed consistently by a caregiver. To schedule cats for one of the clinics, FCCO must hear directly from the caregiver. FCCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies entirely on donations. Must be able to raise $25 per cat plus $500 per clinic held, for FCCO.
FLORENCE AREA HUMANE SOCIETY 2840 Rhododendron Drive, Florence, OR 97439
Florence Area Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) limited intake, "No Kill" animal welfare agency. As a private non-profit organization, we receive no public funds and our animal intake is limited to the Siuslaw and Mapleton School District boundaries. Our principal focus is the rescue, socialization, rehabilitation and placement of unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray animals. We provide financial aid to our community's senior and low income families who wish to spay or neuter their companion animal or who have medical emergencies for their pets. We promote public awareness of animal needs, educational materials, and speakers
Sandra Rankin www.florencehumane.org
Based in Hinsdale, Illinois, HELP-A-PET is a nonprofit organization which provides nationwide financial assistance for the medical care of pets of physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens, and children of the working poor. Most assistance goes to perform surgeries, but some assistance is available for preventive and curative treatments. Every penny donated is used to help pets - all payments are made directly to the veterinarian or medical supplier. Application required.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF COTTAGE GROVE P.O. Box 61, Cottage Grove, OR 97424
HSCG provides educational information/materials and focuses on low cost spay/neuter programs. We offer $20 off coupons good at local veterinarian offices for spay/neuter and a Low Income Spay/Neuter Assistance Program. Non-Profit, 501(c)(3), Educational Materials
Janetta Overholser email@example.com www.humanesocietycg.org
Based in Pennsville, NJ. Our mission: 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.
Funding can be intermittent. To see if you qualify for assistance, click here: http://imom.org/fa/
NEUTER/SPAY ASSISTANCE and INFORMATION
Oregon, Washington, Nationwide
~Barb, AnimalResources firstname.lastname@example.org neuterspayoregon.blogspot.com
ORTHODOGS' SILVER LINING
Headquartered in Owasso, Oklahoma, OSL was started by a small group of people who wanted to find a way to provide some relief for caregivers who were struggling to help their pets lead a healthy life. Through our personal experiences, having met via the Yahoo group called 'Orthodogs', we understood the particular difficulties of providing orthopedic care. Through the experiences of those close to us, we understood that companions of service dogs often face unimaginable hardships in trying to provide healthcare for their amazing canines. Our goal is to provide access to fundraising resources, and make emergency funds available for exceptional cases. OSLF is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization.
Applicants should consider OSLF as their last resort to obtain financial assistance, and should have exhausted all other possibilities. In most cases, applicants will be asked to provide a summary of their attempts to obtain other funding, which may include a loan denial from Care Credit. Applicants will be asked to provide proof that they do not have the resources necessary to provide medical care for their dog.
(800) 248-SPAY (7729)
SPAY/USA, a program of The Pet Savers Foundation, is a nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter services. Our mission is to work together to end pet overpopulation. We have affordable spay/neuter programs and clinics in 1000 locations nationwide with about 7,000 top-notch veterinarians in the network as of 2005. Our goal is to make spay/neuter services affordable to those who might not otherwise spay/neuter their pets. By working together, we hope to popularize and facilitate spay/neuter services throughout the country.
STOP PET OVERPOPULATION TODAY (SPOT) P.O. Box 12053, Eugene, OR 97440
SPOT is a local non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating pet overpopulation. We provide financial assistance to people who can’t afford the total cost to spay/neuter their pets. Non-Profit, 501(c)(3)
STRAY CAT ALLIANCE (SCA) P.O. Box 26043, Eugene, OR 97402
SCA is a not-for-profit organization dedcated to assisting low-income cat caregivers with spay/neuter services, veterinary care, and cat food. Non-Profit, 501(c)(3), Educational Materials
Deanna Kuhn email@example.com www.straycatalliance.com
THE PET FUND
Headquartered in Sacramento, California, the goal of the Pet Fund is to provide financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. The Pet Fund assists owners in covering medical costs beyond the normal expenses of vaccination, spay and neuter surgeries, food and routine veterinary care. The Pet Fund provides need-based financial assistance for the benefit of owners of domestic animals in order to provide for such animals’ urgent veterinary care needs (where serious medical care is needed beyond routine procedures) including treatment, surgery, and medications. Funds are sent directly to treating veterinarian. It does NOT fund emergencies. Read the funding guidelines carefully.
UNITED ANIMAL NATIONS
Located in Sacramento, California, the LifeLine program provides grants for companion animals during life-threatening emergencies when rescuers or caregivers cannot afford the entire cost of treatment. 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. Read the application guidelines carefully; they are very specific and have some significant limitations.