The Ultimate Guide to Financial Aid for Pets

The Ultimate Guide to Financial Aid for Pets

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When it comes to our pets, they’re more than just animals – they are members of our family. As such, many pet owners would do anything to ensure their pets live long, healthy lives. This would include paying thousand annually on everything from routine wellness care to everyday supplies like food. According to Forbes, people who own large dogs spend at least $1,570 a year which, for an average lifespan of 12 years, could come to over $18,000. And that doesn’t include factoring in expensive emergency medical costs.

Those are scary numbers to consider, and it’s easy to see why so many pet owners find themselves in financial predicaments when it comes to caring for their pets. The good news is, there are hundreds of pet financial aid organizations all over the country that can help.

Pet financial aid by state

You might not have to surrender your pet to a shelter. Organizations all over the country can help with veterinary care plus the cost of food, supplies, and more.

Choose a state to see which organizations can help you in your area.

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Once you’ve found an organization operating in your area, consult our guide on applying for pet financial aid.


Alabama

Animal Friends Humane Society (Decatur)

The Animal Friends Humane Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals in the Decatur Animal Shelter. They also help pet owners who can’t afford quality of life items for their pets.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation (Birmingham)

The Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation is an all-volunteer organization operating in the Birmingham, Alabama area. Their primary focus is to address cat and dog overpopulation.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Montgomery Area Council on Aging

In addition to helping senior citizens live full and independent lives, the Montgomery Area Council on Aging also cares about the animals. They feature a pet food assistance program for senior pet owners.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Shelby Humane Society (Greater Birmingham and Shelby County Area)

The Shelby Humane Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1977. Ever since, they have been helping homeless animals as well as pet owners who can’t afford necessary pet expenses.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Affordable vaccinations

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Alaska

Alaska Equine Rescue

The Alaska Equine Rescue looks after the neglected and abused horses of Alaska. They can also help owners who cannot afford horse food or veterinary care.

Services include:

  • General veterinary care assistance
  • Horse food assistance

Friends of Pets (Anchorage)

Friends of Pets provides vital animal welfare services to abandoned animals. They also promote responsible pet ownership and assist owners who are having difficulty providing for their pets.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

The Roscoe Fund (Anchorage)

The Roscoe Fund was started in 2000 when Paul Hendrickson donated money in honor of his beloved poodle. Ever since, people have been opening their hearts and donating to this fund to help pet owners afford their companions’ medical needs.

Services include:

  • Emergency medical treatment assistance

Save Our Seward Pets (Seward)

In 1994, a group of like-minded pet-lovers got together to form SOS Pets. Since then, the group has worked to support shelters and pet owners alike.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

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Arizona

Altered Tails (Phoenix, Mesa, and Tucson)

Altered Tails aims to eliminate euthanasia as a means of population control. In order to accomplish this, they provide affordable spay/neuter solutions from their three locations.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Arizona Humane Society (Phoenix)

The Arizona Humane Society combines high-quality veterinary care with low costs. They host a series of wellness events and provide affordable care to keep pets and pet owners together.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Affordable vaccinations
  • General veterinary care assistance

The Arizona Pet Project

The Arizona Pet Project helps prevent pet homelessness by keeping families and pets together. They do this by providing affordable services that help reduce pet overpopulation along with other resources and supports.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Care for the Horses (Sierra Vista)

It costs a lot of money to provide for a horse’s health needs. Anyone owning a horse and facing financial hardships will find plenty of assistance and support with Care for the Horses.

Services include:

  • General veterinary care assistance
  • Horse food assistance

Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry

Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry seeks to abolish pet starvation one pet at a time. They help provide pet food to pet owners who can’t afford it and, if they can’t help you, they’ll offer pet service referrals.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Empty Food Bowl

Empty Food Bowl started in August 2010 as a small group of women looking to eliminate pet hunger in their community. It has since grown to help pet owners all over the Arizona suffering from a variety of disasters and unable to provide food for their companion animals.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Maricopa County Spay & Neuter Program (Maricopa County)

The Maricopa County Spay & Neuter Program helps to combat pet homelessness and shelter overcrowding. If you’re a resident in need of spay/neuter assistance, they might be able to help.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Phoenix Pet Food Pantry (Phoenix)

The Phoenix Pet Food Pantry began in December 2012 as a way to help pet owners who couldn’t afford food for their four-legged friends. Today, it continues to distribute free pet food to low-income pet owners.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Poverty’s Pets (Phoenix)

Animal overpopulation is a real problem in some parts of the country, but there is hope. Poverty’s Pets runs free spay and neuter clinics to low-income neighborhoods in the greater Phoenix area.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • General medical care/medications

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Arkansas

Humane Society of the Ozarks (Northwest Arkansas)

Originally founded as the Fayetteville Humane Society in 1946, the Humane Society of the Ozarks continues to support both pets and owners alike.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Emergency veterinary care assistance

Out Of The Woods Animal Rescue of Arkansas

Out Of The Woods is a private, not-for-profit organization that seeks to provide rescued animals with loving homes. They also promote spay and neutering surgeries to low-income families in order to prevent animal overpopulation.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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California

The Acme Foundation (Clear Lake County)

The Acme Foundation was started to help those less fortunate provide for their pets. Named after the founder’s beloved feline, Acme, the foundation is geared toward helping senior citizens and disabled citizens of Lake County.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Actors and Others for Animals (Los Angeles)

In 1971, Diana and Richard Basehart witnessed a very public display of animal cruelty and were motivated to start Actors and Others for Animals. Today, the organization continues to help support pet owners with limited income in order to minimize the chances of animal abuse and neglect.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Emergency medical care assistance

Animal Action League (Coachella Valley and Morongo Basin)

Animal Action League provides affordable spay and neuter services along with other low-cost services from their mobile clinic.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable microchipping service

Golden State Humane Society (Golden City and Long Beach)

The Golden State Humane Society is dedicated to providing cost-effective resources and solutions to pet owners in Southern California.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Fixing Long Beach

In addition to the mandatory spay/neuter laws in Long Beach, Fixing Long Beach features low-cost vaccinations, pet wellness care, and more.

Services include:

  • Spay/Neuter Assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable microchipping service
  • General wellness care

Lucy Pet Foundation (Los Angeles)

The Lucy Pet Foundation features a free mobile clinic offering spay and neuter services to low-income areas of LA.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

North Central Shelter Intervention Program (Los Angeles)

The North Central Shelter Intervention Program works to keep pet owners from having to surrender their pets to the shelter. They do this by providing financial aid for medical costs and donating pet supplies.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners
  • Pet supplies (collars, leashes, etc.)
  • Pet food assistance

Inland Empire Pet Partners (San Bernardino)

Inland Empire Pet Partners runs a clinic that offers a wide variety of vaccinations for cats and dogs at affordable prices. They also offer educational resources and affordable procedures to help curb pet overpopulation.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations

Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation

The Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation is a federal and state-recognized, non-profit group dedicated to helping pet owners who face financial hardships.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

Voice for the Animals Foundation (Santa Monica)

The Voice for the Animals Foundation provides extra financial support for seniors, disabled persons, and terminal illness sufferers who can’t afford to take care of their pets.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

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Colorado

Animal Haus (Denver)

Animal Haus is a mobile pet food pantry and Helping Other People’s Pets (HOPP) Program providing services and resources for pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Basic pet care

The Cartwright Foundation – Ginger’s Legacy (Denver/Front Range Area)

The Cartwright Foundation can pay up to $500 for medical treatment or $1,000 for surgical procedures. If the treatment costs exceed these amounts, the Foundation can pay 50% of any additional charges. To learn what costs pet owners are responsible for and to see if you qualify, check out their site.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

Cat Care Society Cat Clinic

The Cat Care Society runs a Cat Clinic offering subsidized services to cats whose owners might not be able to afford the cost.

Services include:

  • Subsidized care for cats

Companion Care Program (Adams, Aurora, and Metro North)

The Companion Care Program is for residents 55 years of age and older who have great difficulty getting around and providing for their pets.

Services include:

  • In-home basic care
  • Pet food assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Denkai Sanctuary (Greeley and surrounding areas)

Denkai Sanctuary works to support both animals and young people in crisis by providing necessary resources, education on responsible pet ownership, and helping to foster a humane and caring community.

Services include:

  • Subsidized veterinary care

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society (Dolores and Montezuma Counties)

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society helps pet owners afford vital spay and neuter procedures and emergency pet medical care.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations

Harley’s Hope Foundation (Colorado Springs)

The Harley’s Hope Foundation can provide financial aid, as resources allow, for any emergency medical pet care as well as behavioral training.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

The Ladybug Fund (Northern Colorado)

The Ladybug Fund was designed to help low-income pet owners who could not afford veterinary care.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

League for Animals and People of Summit County

The League for Animals and People of Summit County (LAPS) helps raise funds for pet owners who can’t afford basic veterinary care. They also support a voucher program to help curb the cost of spay and neuter procedures.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial assistance for pet owners

PawsCO

PawsCO is an all-volunteer operation that handles adoptions, orchestrates pet food drives, and provides access to affordable means of pet sterilization.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

PetAid Animal Hospital (Denver)

PetAid Animal Hospital works to keep pets and their people together by expanding access to quality care and services at affordable prices.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • High-quality, low-cost vet care

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Connecticut

Connecticut Humane Society’s Fox Memorial Clinic

Founded in 1881 by Gertrude O. Lewis, the Connecticut Humane Society is the oldest animal welfare organization in the state. Each year, their Fox Memorial Clinic helps thousands of pets and pet owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations

Friends of Windsor Animal Care and Control

The Friends of Windsor Animal Care and Control organization was started in order to keep the local dog pound from being relocated. Once this was accomplished, they turned their attention toward helping families who were forced to surrender their pets for financial reasons.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

The Queenie Foundation

The Queenie Foundation is an all-volunteer humane education organization that also provides financial support for spay and neuter procedures and vet care.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Reggie’s Pet Project (Fairfield County)

Reggie’s Pet Project provides financial assistance to pets in need of urgent medical care. Certain criteria must be met in order to be eligible for funding.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for urgent medical care

STARelief and Pet Assistance

STARelief and Pet Assistance offers the Home For Life Grant. This grant offers assistance for emergency medical care, preventative surgery, routine medical care, and more.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable microchipping service
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

TEAM Mobile Feline Unit

TEAM Mobile Feline Unit is a mobile clinic that offers affordable spay and neuter procedures as well as vaccinations for cats.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations

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Delaware

Delaware Spay & Neuter Program

The Delaware Spay & Neuter Program offers integral pet reproductive surgeries to low-income owners who receive financial assistance.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Delaware SPCA in Newark

The Delaware SPCA in Newark is the oldest animal welfare organization in the state. For generations, they have helped diminish the problem of animal overpopulation and shelter overcrowding.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Grass Roots Rescue Society

The Grass Roots Rescue Society was founded in August 2013 and is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping shelter animals at risk, and helping keep pets alive and with their owners.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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Florida

Blue Ribbon Charitable Foundation (Indian River County)

The Blue Ribbon Charitable Foundation features the Pet Medical Assistance Program. Through this program, eligible pet owners can receive financial aid (paid directly to the veterinarian hospital) for pet medical care. Grants are capped at $500.00 per applicant.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet medical care

Brevard Community Help

Brevard Community Help offers financial support for pet owners in Brevard County. Financial aid is given on a case-by-case basis and can help cover the cost of spay and neuter procedures as well as other medical issues.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for spay/neuter and other medical issues

Fairy Tail Endings, Inc. (Manatee and Sarasota Counties)

Fairy Tail Endings, Inc. works with a variety of veterinary partners to help provide low-cost veterinary solutions to low-income pet owners.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

First Coast No More Homeless Pets (Jacksonville)

The First Coast No More Homeless Pets group works to diminish pet overpopulation and homelessness crisis. They do this by offering programs so pet owners can afford to feed their pets as well as affordable sterilization and veterinary care.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Frankie’s Friends (Tampa/Clearwater Areas)

Frankie’s Friends provides lifesaving grants for emergency pet medical care to those who cannot afford the full cost of care.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for lifesaving medical/veterinary care

Humanitarians of Florida (Citrus County)

Humanitarians of Florida is an all-volunteer non-profit organization offering resources to help pet owners afford to care for their pets’ needs.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Pet food assistance

The Jacksonville Humane Society

Jacksonville Humane Society features a community animal hospital where all sorts of affordable services are available to pet owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable microchipping services

Passion for Paws (Palm Beach County)

Passion for Paws helps pet owners who are facing financial difficulties. They offer resources so that pet owners won’t have to surrender their pets to shelters.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Emergency care

Project PetSnip (Miami)

Project PetSnip blends high-quality and experienced care with affordability. They offer low-cost spay and neuter surgeries as well as basic wellness care for dogs, cats, and even rabbits.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • General wellness care

Save A Pet Florida (Palm Beach County)

Save A Pet Florida features a grant from the Banfield Foundation. This grant can help low-income pet owners afford veterinary care.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

TLC PetSnip (Lakeland)

TLC PetSnip was started in 2012 as a way to reduce the growing amount of unwanted pets in the area.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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Georgia

Affordable Veterinary Services (Columbus)

Affordable Veterinary Services works to provide affordable preventive medicine care for your pet.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost healthcare

Community Veterinary Care (Kennesaw)

Community Veterinary Care provides professional veterinary care for pets whose owners are suffering financial hardships.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Georgia Animal Project (North Georgia)

The Georgia Animal Project sponsors multiple clinics throughout North Georgia are a significantly-reduced rate from what veterinarians would typically charge.

Services include:

  • Reduced cost veterinary care

GVMA Foundation

The GVMA Foundation offers the Fund for Companion Animals to help pet owners pay for their pets emergency medical care.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

Humane Society of Cobb County

The Humane Society of Cobb County provides certificates to pet owners who cannot afford to pay full price for spay and neuter procedures.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Humane Society of Northeast Georgia

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia works to promote responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.

Services include:

  • Low-cost vaccinations

Leftover Pets (Barrow and Elbert Counties)

Leftover Pets was established in 2005 to help reduce pet euthanasia rates with low-cost solutions and resources for pet owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

LifeLine Animal Project (Atlanta)

LifeLine Animal Project runs multiple low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter clinics to help curb pet overpopulation and improve the lives of pets and their owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Paradox Spay/Neuter Clinic (Loganville>

Paradox Spay/Neuter Clinic specializes in low-cost spay and neuter procedures made available to anyone in need. They also offer financial support to residents living in Walton, Newton, and Rockdale (limited to these counties).

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial assistance

PAWS Atlanta

PAWS Atlanta features pet wellness clinics that specialize in affordable care and a variety of low-cost vaccine packs for dogs and cats.

Services include:

  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable wellness care

Pets Are Loving Support (Atlanta)

Pets Are Loving Support (PALS) can help pay for basic veterinary care. This can include spay/neuter, annual immunizations, flea control, and more.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

Pet Buddies Food Pantry (Atlanta)

Pet Buddies Food Pantry offers services to combat both pet overpopulation and starvation.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

SpayGeorgia

SpayGeorgia helps pet owners afford the cost of spay and neuter procedures with a certificate program.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine (Athens)

The University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine offers a variety of funds for pet owners in need. These include the Sundown Surgery Fund for indigent pet owners who can’t afford lifesaving care for their pets.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

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Hawaii

Hawaiian Humane Society (Honolulu)

The Hawaiian Humane Society’s mission is to strengthen the bond between man and animal through educating pet owners and providing some much-needed services.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Hawaii Island Humane Society (Kailua-Kona, Kamuela, and Keaau)

The Hawaii Island Humane Society was established in 1965. They are the only open-admittance shelter on the Big Island that has no time limits while providing affordable services to pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Affordable microchipping service

The Neuter Scooter

The Neuter Scooter is an innovative, mobile clinic that curbs cat overpopulation by offering spay/neuter assistance and more.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance (for cats)

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Idaho

Cooper’s Legacy Fund

After successfully managing to raise the money necessary for her pet’s medical expenses, Lori Ammons started the Cooper’s Legacy Fund to help other pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance to pet owners

Idaho Humane Society (Boise)

The Idaho Humane Society helps pet owners who, otherwise, can’t afford to take care of their pets with income-based, sliding scale fee structures, financial assistance, and more.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

J. Kirk Foundation and Animal Assistance League

The J. Kirk Foundation and Animal Assistance League helps pet owners with food and medical costs. They can reimburse up to $100 on pet food purchases and $200 in emergency veterinary costs.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

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Illinois

The Anti-Cruelty Society (Chicago)

The Anti-Cruelty Society extends its compassion for pets to the pet owners themselves by providing affordable resources and services.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccines
  • Affordable microchipping services

Companion Animal Rescue and Education Center (East-Central)

Pet owners living in the East Central Illinois area can receive pet financial aid and resources through the Companion Animal Rescue and Education Center.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Behavioral consultation

Iroquois County Animal Rescue

The Iroquois County Animal Rescue seeks to diminish the pet overpopulation problem, alleviate the suffering of domesticated pets, and provide long-term care for animals in need of shelter and wellness care.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Wellness services

NAWS Illinois Humane Society

The NAWS Illinois Humane Society runs a medical center which excels that providing affordable veterinary care (basic) and low-cost spay/neuter services.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

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Indiana

Ernie’s Angels ROCK! (Anderson)

Ernie’s Angels provides pet food to pet owners in need. This keeps pet owners from having to give up their companions, shelter overcrowding, and pets going hungry.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Frantz L. Dantzler Friends for Life Fund, Inc.

The Frantz Fund offers up to $200 a year per pet (limited to three pets per client) in order to aid in a pet’s medical needs.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

Humane Society Johnson County

The Humane Society of Johnson County works to educate the public on responsible pet ownership. They also provide assistance to pet owners who are in danger of surrendering their pets due to financial hardships.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Monroe County Humane Society

Eligible households can receive financial aid in the form of vouchers from the Monroe County Humane Society. They also run a pet food pantry for those who can’t afford to feed their pets.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical emergencies
  • Pet food assistance

Vanderburgh Humane Society (Evansville)

The Vanderburgh Humane Society started out as a small group of animal lovers before growing into the organization that it is today. Pet owners in need can find plenty of resources and information with the VHS.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

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Iowa

Johnson County Humane Society (Cedar Rapids and Iowa City)

The Johnson County Humane Society offers emergency financial aid to any qualifying pet owners finding themselves in a veterinary emergency.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

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Kansas

Caring Hands Humane Society (Newton)

The Caring Hands Humane Society aids both pets and pet owners alike by providing valuable educational resources and affordable services for pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Great Plains SPCA

The Great Plains SPCA features the Saving Animals by Supportive Seniors and others Young at heart (SASSY) program. This program is geared toward alleviating the financial burden on senior pet owners when it comes to pet food and more.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City provide spay/neuter services to over 5,000 dogs and cats in 2016. In addition to this, over 24,000 pets were serviced in their subsidized preventative care clinic.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Affordable veterinary care

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Kentucky

HOPE for Pets

HOPE for Pets features the Jordan Memorial Fund which helps senior pet owners who, otherwise, cannot afford their pet’s medical bills.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Saving Sunny, Inc. – Community Dog Resource Center

Saving Sunny, Inc. helps pet owners in underserved areas with a variety of services and assistance programs from handing out free pet food to basic veterinary care and more!

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Basic veterinary care
  • Pet food assistance

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Louisiana

Animal Welfare, Inc. (Shreveport Area)

Animal Welfare, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping pet owners and pets together through financial hardship.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (Baton Rouge)

Capital Area Animal Welfare Society features the first no-kill animal shelter in Baton Rouge. They also lead the way as far as providing pet owner assistance, education, and more.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Southern Animal Foundation (New Orleans)

The Southern Animal Foundation is committed to providing clients and their pets with high-quality and affordable veterinary care.

Services include:

  • Affordable veterinary care

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Maine

Animal Refuge League (Westbrook)

The Animal Refuge League seeks to improve the quality of life for pets and their owners and, thereby, improving the overall community.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Camp Bow Wow (Portland)

For struggling pet owners faced with the difficult task of affording veterinary care, there is hope and Camp Bow Wow might be able to help.

Services include:

  • Veterinary care assistance

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Maryland

Animal Advocates of Howard County

Animal Advocates of Howard County is an all-volunteer organizations that promotes adoption, provides affordable spay/neuter services, and educates the community on humane treatment of animals.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance (free for pit bulls)

Animal Welfare League of Frederick County

The Animal Welfare League of Frederick County started as a grassroots operation to help pets in 2001. Today, it is the largest all-volunteer, no-kill animal welfare organization in the county.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, MD

The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, MD strives to educate and support the community with resources and affordable spay and neuter programs. They also run a pet food bank to supply pet owners with the necessary nourishment for their pets.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Baltimore Humane Society

The Baltimore Humane Society was founded in 1927 and has continued, throughout the ages, to provide pets and their owners with resources and services necessary to fight back against needless animal euthanasia.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Pet food assistance

Caroline County Humane Society (Ridgely)

The Caroline County Humane Society is an open admission shelter that’s always there when you need them 24/7/365.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Humane Society of Charles County

The Humane Society of Charles County started out in a garage in 1975 before growing and providing the necessary resources and services pet owners have come to expect.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Maryland SPCA

The Maryland SPCA helps to diminish the pet overpopulation issue by adopting out over 3,000 unwanted pets each year. Their spay/neuter clinic also performs 7,000 surgeries each year.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Montgomery County Humane Society

The Montgomery County Humane Society is a privately-owned organization that helps lighten the load on overcrowded animal shelters by placing these animals in loving homes. They also offer affordable resources to pet owners facing hard times.

Services include:

  • Affordable microchipping services

Talbot County Humane

Talbot County Humane fosters an environment of safety for animals under their care as well as placing companion animals in safe homes. They also help to curb pet overpopulation by making spay and neuter services more affordable.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Thankful Paws

Thankful Paws mostly specializes in distributing pet food to homeless pet owners.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

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Massachusetts

Alliance for Animals (Boston)

The Alliance for Animals works to prevent animal cruelty and animal overpopulation through affordable spay and neuter programs aimed at low-income pet owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Fairy Dogparents

Fairy Dogparents is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing pets from being surrendered to shelters. This is accomplished by services and programs that help provide pet food assistance and low-cost pet medical care.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • General medical care/medications

Phinney’s Friends (Boston)

Phinney’s Friends helps pet owners afford veterinary care. They also assist senior and disabled pet owners in day-to-day pet care including dog walks and litter box cleaning.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care
  • Pet food assistance

The Sampson Fund (Cape Cod)

The Sampson Fund started with a generous donation by the owners of a cat named Sampson. It has since grown to continue to aid those pet owners less fortunate.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare (Central Massachusetts)

Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare works to improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing affordable spay/neuter assistance, financial aid for veterinary care, and education resources for pet owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society offers a variety of resources to help pet owners find low-cost programs. They also feature the Captain Courageous Fund which grants financial aid to caretakers and Good Samaritans of injured feral and stray cats.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

Merwin Memorial Free Clinic For Animals, Inc. (Allston Area)

Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals, Inc. offers free office visits and outpatient veterinary services. These can include routine physical exams, nail cutting, etc. They also offer vaccines and preventative medicines at reduced rates.

Services include:

  • Subsidized veterinary care
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • General medical care/medications

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Michigan

C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc.

C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc. works to educate pet owners and provide pets with the necessary supplies, housing, food, and other resources to ensure a stronger bond between pet and pet owner.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Pet food assistance
  • Pet supplies
  • General medical care/medications

Dog Aide (Metro Detroit)

Dog Aide identifies needs in a community and then helps supply pet owners with resources including daily care items, pet food, and more.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Daily care items
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

The Emergency Animal Relief Foundation (Southeastern Michigan)

The Emergency Animal Relief Foundation (or TEAR), makes provides charitable funding for emergency veterinary care.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Kalamazoo Humane Society

The Kalamazoo Humane Society helps pet owners by providing low-cost spay and neuter procedures and pet food assistance.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Lake Haven Rescue (Newaygo)

Founded by Cheryl McCloud, Lake Haven Rescue is an all-volunteer organization devoted to animal welfare by providing shelter, educating pet owners, and offering access to affordable spay and neuter programs.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Lapeer’s Adoptable Animals

Lapeer’s Adoptable Animals features an emergency pet food pantry available to qualifying Lapeer County residents and pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Michigan Humane Society (Detroit, Rochester Hills, Westland)

The Michigan Humane Society is oldest and largest animal welfare organization in the state. Each year, they care for tens of thousands of animals.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Affordable medical/veterinary care

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Minnesota

Kindest Cut

The Animal Humane Society seeks to change the way homeless animals are treated with a variety of programs. Chief among them is the Kindest Cut which offers sterilization procedures, preventative care, and more.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Preventative care
  • Low-cost dental services

Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program

The Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-volume spay/neuter assistance at a low cost to pet owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Mission Assistance Fund (Eden Prairie)

The Mission Assistance Fund strives to keep low-income pet owners and seniors in need from having to surrender their pets due to financial burdens.

Services include:

  • Discounted medical care/medications

People and Pets Together

People and Pets Together assists families going through economic hardships with pet food deliveries, subsidized vaccination clinics, discounted veterinary care, and more.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

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Mississippi

Humane Society of South Mississippi (Gulfport)

Committed to ending pet overpopulation and the tragedies that accompany it, the Humane Society of South Mississippi provides access to low-cost spay/neuter services and more.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Affordable microchipping service

Mississippi Spay and Neuter (Pearl)

Since 2008, Mississippi Spay and Neuter has successfully spayed and neutered 35,000 animals. Their efforts have worked to combat pet overpopulation and the resulting euthanasia from shelter overcrowding.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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Missouri

Bi-State Pet Food Pantry (St. Louis)

The Bi-State Pet Food Pantry operates to keep pets and their owners together by eliminating the financial burden of the cost of food.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Blue Moon Sanctuary (Lake Area)

The Blue Moon Sanctuary is a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to the welfare of pets and other companion animals in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

Friends of KC Animals (Kansas City)

Friends of KC Animals are also friends to pet owners in need, often covering the cost of spay/neuter procedures and contributing funding to necessary pet medical care.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

The Killuminati Foundation Vet Assistance Program

The Killuminati Foundation Vet Assistance Program offers financial support to routine procedures, vaccinations, and/or spay and neuter procedures.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Pound Pals Nooterville

Pound Pals Nooterville offers low-cost spay and neuter procedures through an affordable voucher program. You can learn more about this on their site.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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Montana

Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force (Flathead Valley)

The Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force promotes respecting life by offering animal overpopulation solutions that extend well beyond the accepted practice of euthanasia.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Humane Society of Western Montana

The Humane Society of Western Montana strives to keep pet owners and their pets together by providing access to affordable pet care programs.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

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Nebraska

Hearts United for Animals

Hearts United for Animals will often contribute financial aid when a pet medical emergency arises (when funds allow).

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors

The Lincoln Animal Ambassadors address some of the major causes of animal homelessness: overpopulation, expensive food, and limited accessibility to vaccinations.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations

Sadie Dog Fund

The Sadie Dog Fund is a non-profit organization powered by donations to help pet owners who need a little financial assistance for their companion animals.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet medical emergencies

Voice for Companion Animals

The Voice for Companion Animals seeks to prevent financial hardships from separating pet owners from their pets. This is accomplished through programs that help alleviate that burden including assistance with pet food.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • General medical care/medications

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Nevada

Nevada Humane Society (Reno)

Starting as a shelter seeking to ease the suffering of local strays, the Nevada Humane Society now helps alleviate the financial burdens of pet owners who, otherwise, cannot afford necessary procedures and vaccines for their pets.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations

Spay and Neuter Center of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas)

The Spay and Neuter Center of Southern Nevada helps combat pet overpopulation and preventable diseases with affordable solutions.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable microchipping service

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New Hampshire

Cocheco Valley Humane Society (Dover)

The Cocheco Valley Humane Society is devoted to promoting the humane treatment of pets and helping pet owners afford to take care of their beloved, four-legged friends.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Manchester Animal Shelter

The Manchester Animal Shelter focuses on educating the community and supporting pet owners in order to combat pet overpopulation and needless euthanasia. They also provide affordable services the help alleviate the financial burden placed upon pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable microchipping service

The Shadow Fund (Merrimack Valley)

The Shadow Fund was created to honor the kindness and generosity of those who contributed to Shadow the dog’s medical care.

Services include:

  • Helps pet owners afford medical treatment

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New Jersey

God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity Fund (Wayne)

The God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity Fund provides pet owners with a grant of $50 for veterinary costs.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

Hudson County Animal League

The Hudson County Animal League rescues and fosters abandoned animals, promotes low-cost spay and neutering, provides financial aid to pet owners in need, and so much more.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Living for a Cause

Living for a Cause supports fire stations by providing oxygen masks for pets injured in fires. They also alleviate the financial burden of purchasing pet food for eligible pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

NJ Aid For Animals (Camden)

NJ Aid For Animals seeks to enrich the lives of animals and their owners by educating the community on responsible pet ownership and assisting with pet care.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

PetPALS of Southern New Jersey, Inc (Camden, Gloucester, Salem, and Burlington Counties)

PetPALS is a charitable corporation that offers a variety of services and resources to help keep pets and pet owners together.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Basic veterinary care

Rose’s Fund for Animals

Rose’s Fund was put together in order to financially assist pet owners unable to afford medical care for their pets.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Vet-I-Care

Vet-I-Care works with pet owners in financial need and treating veterinarians to help pets get the medical attention they need. For more details on applying for assistance, visit their site.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance in the form of a grant

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New Mexico

Animal Humane New Mexico

The Animal Humane New Mexico is the state’s leading private animal welfare organization.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Advanced surgical services

Dona Ana County Humane Society

The Dona Ana County Humane Society features the Animal Relief Fund (ARF) which provides invaluable financial assistance to qualifying pet owners.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

The OSCAR Foundation

The OSCAR Foundation specializes in providing pets with the opportunity to get back on their feet. They can provide financial assistance for needed surgery and physical rehabilitation.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

Santa Fe Community Foundation

The Santa Fe Community Foundation features many different funds including the Athena Fund. This fund, in particular, provides financial assistance for pet cancer treatments (up to $1,000 per application). Other funds include the Max & Tucker Fund for financial aid toward senior pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet cancer treatments

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New York

All 4 Pets West New York (Rochester)

All 4 Pets West New York provides a one-time grant to low-income pet owners who can’t afford pet medical care.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

Animal Care Council (Endicott)

Once a week, the Animal Care Council runs a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Prior appointments must be scheduled with payment in full.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Animal Medical Center (New York City)

The Animal Medical Center offers a variety of funds to help pet owners in need. These include the Buddy Fund, which offers free or subsidized cancer treatment for pets, and the Honey Bunny and Rou German Shepherd Fund to name a few.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

Animal Care Council (Endicott)

Once a week, the Animal Care Council runs a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Prior appointments must be scheduled with payment in full.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Animal Medical Center (New York City)

The Animal Medical Center offers a variety of funds to help pet owners in need. These include the Buddy Fund, which offers free or subsidized cancer treatment for pets, and the Honey Bunny and Rou German Shepherd Fund to name a few.

Services include:

  • Financial aid in the form of funds

FurBridge (Ardsley)

FurBridge is an organization that offers financial aid, funding, and educational resources to the public and other non-profit groups.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

Healing Haven Animal Fund (Long Island)

The Healing Haven Animal Fund looks at pet owners and their needs on a case-by-case basis. Eligible pet owners are granted funding to for pet medical care (funds given directly to treating veterinarian).

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

The Humane Society of New York (New York City)

The Humane Society of New York has operated for over a century to provide affordable solutions to pet owners and improve the overall welfare of animals in need.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Diagnostic and surgical procedures

Lollypop Farm (Rochester)

Lollypop Farm has been working to help people and animals since 1873. Each year, around 10,000 homeless animals are cared for by nearly 100 staff members and over 600 volunteers.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Long Island Animal Surgery

Long Island Animal Surgery provides low-cost sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats (including fearals). They also offer affordable elective, general, and major surgeries for cats and dogs.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Affordable surgery

The Pet Emergency Fund (Erie and Niagara counties)

The Pet Emergency Fund works with animal hospitals in Erie and Niagara counties to help assist pet owners who are having financial difficulties paying for pet emergency medical care.

Services include:

  • General financial aid for pet owners in need

Pets for Life NYC

Pets for Life NYC offers a variety of services including free or reduced spay and neuter procedures, in-home assistance for senior and disabled pet owners, and more.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • In-home assistance for elderly or disabled pet owners
  • Pet care supplies

Rochester Hope for Pets

The Rochester Hope for Pets organization provides cost-share awards to pet owners who need assistance paying veterinary costs due to unexpected or emergency situations.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

The Shamrock Animal Fund (Central New York and Syracuse)

The Shamrock Animal Fund offers aid to help pet owners who cannot afford veterinary care due to financial limitations.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

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North Carolina

The Animal Awareness Society (Randolph, Guilford, and surrounding counties)

The Animal Awareness Society works to find forever homes for homeless animals. They also humanely reduce pet overpopulation by offering low-cost spay and neuter programs.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Animal Crackers (Twin Counties)

Animal Crackers is a grassroots, volunteer-based organization that benefits pets and their owners. They offer assistance with pet food and access to affordable spay and neuter procedures.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Coalition for Humane Treatment of Animals (Brunswick County)

Pet owners who financially qualify can receive support for affordable spay and neuter services and other resources from the Coalition for Humane Treatment of Animals.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Friends of Rocky Mount Animals, Inc. (Rocky Mount)

Friends of Rocky Mount Animals, Inc. offers reduced cost spay and neuter programs as well as programs for senior pet owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Pals for Paws and Purrs (Rowan County)

Pals for Paws and Purrs provides financial assistance to individuals, animal rescue groups, and shelters on a case-by-case basis.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina

The Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina helps shoulder the financial burden of purchasing pet food for low-income pet owners.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Watauga Humane Society (Boone)

The Watauga Humane Society helps to relieve the suffering of animals while providing pet owners with low-cost spay and neuter solutions.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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North Dakota

Circle of Friends Humane Society (Grand Forks)

The Circle of Friends Humane Society helps provide financial aid for a pet’s initial vet visit through their Emergency Medical Assistance Program.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

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Ohio

Angels of Animals (Canfield)

The Angels of Animals group helps promote animal adoption and education by providing access to affordable resources for pet owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Cody’s Club

Cody’s Club provides financial assistance for dog cancer radiation treatments.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for serious medical treatments

Colony Cats & Dogs (Columbus)

Colony Cats & Dogs offers low-cost spay and neuter procedures and, in some qualifying circumstances, will subsidize at no cost.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

One of A Kind Pet Rescue Spay & Neuter Clinic (Akron)

The One of A Kind Pet Rescue Spay & Neuter Clinic is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving adoptable pets from euthanasia.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Pet Advocate League (Dayton)

The Pet Advocate League is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that has been providing pet owners with affordable pet sterilization services for over a decade.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Pet Guards (Cuyahoga Falls)

Pet Guards is a low-cost spay/neuter vaccination clinic that makes its services available to the public regardless of income status.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccination

Pets in Stitches (Miami Valley)

Pets in Stitches is an affordable, all-inclusive spay and neuter clinic. In addition to spay/neuter surgeries, they offer other services including dental cleaning packages and vaccinations.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Pet dental support

Pets Uniting People Society (Tremont)

The Pets Uniting People Society offers affordable pet sterilization through a voucher program. While this program mainly applies to free-roaming cats, qualifying dog-and-cat owners can also gain access to affordable spay and neuter procedures.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

SOS of Ohio Spay and Neuter Clinic (Columbus)

The SOS of Ohio Spay and Neuter Clinic is a nonprofit spay/neuter clinic offering its services to the low-income families and animal rescue organizations of the greater Columbus area.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Affordable general veterinary care

The Tank Fund (Knox County)

The Tank Funk grants financial support for emergency/lifesaving veterinary care to pet owners who demonstrate a financial need.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

Wyandot County Humane Society

The Wyandot County Humane Society features a sister organization, HOPE, which provides low-cost spay/neuter services. By appointment only.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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Oklahoma

Animal Birth Control Clinic (Lawton)

The Animal Birth Control Clinic, as the name might suggest, is a facility providing high-quality, low-cost surgeries to prevent pet overpopulation. They also provide a plethora of other services to pet owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable microchipping service
  • Basic veterinary care

Animal Rescue and Care of McCurtain County (Broken Bow)

Animal Rescue and Care of McCurtain County works to promote responsible pet ownership while combating overpopulation with affordable spay and neuter programs.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

The Bella Foundation

The Bella Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps elderly and terminally ill pet owners in need be able to afford veterinary care.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

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Oregon

Pro-Bone-O (Eugene)

Pro-Bone-O is a volunteer-driven organization that offers much-needed financial aid and pet food assistance to help keep pet owners from having to surrender their pets to shelters.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care
  • Pet food assistance

Umpqua Valley Humane Society (Douglas County)

The Umpqua Valley Humane Society is on a mission to reduce the number of uncared for and unwanted pets by offering financial assistance to the public and promoting responsible pet ownership.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet medical care

Velvet Financial Assistance Fund (Portland)

The Velvet Financial Assistance Fund covers a maximum of $750 per case to financially eligible pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Willamette Animal Guild (Eugene)

The Willamette Animal Guild (or ‘WAG’) puts a heavy emphasis on responsible pet ownership. They offer a variety of resources and affordable services to help pet owners who might not be able to afford the cost of raising a pet.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccines
  • Wellness treatments

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Pennsylvania

Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

Among their many goals and missions, the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania also works to reinforce the quality of life for pets and their owners. One way this is accomplished is by providing access to low-cost veterinary care.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for emergency pet medical care

The ANNA Shelter (Erie and Corry)

Both the Erie location and the Corry location of the ANNA Shelter can help provide pet owners with access to low-cost spay and neuter procedures.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

No Kill Lehigh Valley (Lehigh County)

No Kill Lehigh Valley is not an animal shelter. They do, however, contribute to reducing shelter overcrowding by promoting services and resources that reduce pet overpopulation. They also provide financial aid to pet owners thereby reducing the chances of pets being surrendered to shelters.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Sam’s Hope (Southeastern Pennsylvania)

Sam’s Hope was established in 2013 and dedicates itself toward preserving the lives of companion animals. They do this by providing financial support to help alleviate the financial burdens faced by pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

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Rhode Island

Hands that Heal RI

Hands that Heal RI is an organization with a mission help alleviate the financial burden separating pet owners from their pets.

Services include:

  • Low-cost immunizations
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists (East Greenwich)

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists offer financial aid to pet owners through the Paris Fund.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

Rhode Island Community Spay/Neuter Clinic

The Rhode Island Community Spay/Neuter Clinic helps minimize companion animal and pet overpopulation through access to subsidized spay and neuter services.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (Providence)

The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association Companion Animal Foundation (CAF) helps fund veterinary care for pet owners who need a little financial aid.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Volunteer Services for Animals (Providence)

Volunteer Services for Animals helps animals in need and provides pet owners with financial assistance for veterinary care.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

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South Carolina

Broken Tails (Beaufort County)

Broken Tails offers financial aid to pet owners in need. This is done in the form of grants which typically range from $100 to $250 depending on the level of urgency and need.

Services include:

  • Financial aid grants

Pet Helpers

For over 30 years, Pet Helpers has lived up to its name by providing assistance to animals in need and helping pet owners shoulder the financial costs of spaying and neutering their companion animals.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Wateree Animal Hospital

The Waterree Animal Hospital features the Winnie Healthcare Endowment. This program provides some much-needed financial assistance for qualified families who cannot afford emergency treatments for their pets.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for emergency medical treatment

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South Dakota

Brookings Humane Society

The Brookings Humane Society helps support pet owners and the community with affordable, high-quality services that curb pet overpopulation and keep pets and their owners together.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Affordable microchipping service

Oglala Pet Project

The Oglala Pet Project focuses on pets and their owners on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. They provide pet health researches, low-cost procedures, and more.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Siouxland Humane Society

The Siouxland Humane Society helps shoulder some of the financial burden of pet ownership by offering financial assistance that covers the initial veterinary examination fee.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for veterinary examination

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Tennessee

Fayette County Animal Rescue (Rossville)

In addition to promoting responsible pet ownership, the Fayette County Animal Rescue also works to strengthen the bond between pet and owner by providing affordable spay/neuter and other resources.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Humane Society of Putnam County

The Humane Society of Putnam County supplies affordable spay and neuter procedures along with financial assistance for those who qualify.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Lovie’s Legacy

Lovie’s Legacy helps support pet owners with financial aid. When a pet owner qualifies, Lovie’s Legacy works directly with an arranged vet to facilitate the grant for financial aid (usually upwards of $150).

Services include:

  • Financial aid in the form of a grant

Nashville Humane Association

The Nashville Humane Association helps curb the cost of spay and neuter procedures by offering Friends of Animals certificates.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Young-Williams Animal Center

The Young-Williams Animal Center’s vision is for every pet to have a home. Their mission is to improve animal welfare and decrease pet homelessness by offering an array of affordable services and pet care resources.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance
  • Affordable microchipping service

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Texas

Animal Birth Control Clinic (Waco)

The Animal Birth Control Clinic was opened in 1988, providing low-cost resources to curb the number of unwanted and euthanized animals.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Preventative care treatment

Animal Friends of Washington County (Brenham)

Animal Friends of Washington County works to improve the welfare of animals and their masters. Their affordable services and resources help to promote a pet-friendly community while helping pet owners in financial need.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Preventative care treatment

Arlington Humane Society

The Arlington Humane Society is an all-volunteer organization established in 1984 to help pets and their owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations

Capper and Chris Save the Animals Fund (College Station)

The Capper and Chris Save the Animals Fund helps pay for pet medical costs by contributing up to 50% of the cost (caps at $1,000 per case).

Services include:

  • Financial aid for pet owners

DaisyCares Pet Food Program – San Antonio

The San Antonio Food Bank and the DaisyCares Pet Food Program have teamed up to help ensure that pet owners and their pets don’t go hungry. To learn more, check out their site.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Emancipet (Austin)

Emancipet operates out of a mobile clinic to bring affordable care and resources to pets and their owners throughout Texas.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Affordable veterinary care

Freeman-Fritts (Kerrville)

Freeman-Fritts is a no-kill animal shelter that handles adoptions and also provides pet owners with affordable services and resources.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations

Houston Humane Society

Houston Humane Society works to alleviate the suffering of pets and their owners by handling adoptions and providing much-needed services and programs.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Affordable veterinary care

The Pet Food Bank of Austin and Travis County

Through various drop-off locations, the Pet Food Bank of Austin and Travis County helps ensure that pets don’t starve due to financial limitations.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance

Spay/Neuter Your Pet (Dallas – Fort Worth)

The Spay/Neuter Your Pet group helps reduce the number of animals euthanized by promoting responsible pet ownership and providing affordable, preventative surgeries for pets.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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Utah

The Humane Society of Moab Valley

The Humane Society of Moab Valley seeks to promote responsible pet ownership and compassion within the community. They provide necessary assistance for pet owners as well as a wealth of information to further strengthen the bond between owner and pet.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Humane Society of Utah (Murray)

Foster care, humane education, and affordable spay and neuter are just a few of the ways the Humane Society of Utah makes a difference in the lives of pets and their owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Pet Samaritan Fund (Salt Lake City)

The Pet Samaritan Fund is a small organization funding local area pet owners on a case-by-case basis with financial support for medical and veterinary care.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

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Vermont

Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets

True emergencies happen when you least expect them. Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets knows this, which is why they offer financial medical assistance in a variety of areas for when disaster strikes.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for emergency medical care

Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter (Orleans)

The Pope Memorial Animal Shelter was established in 1993 as a way to humanely deal with homeless cats and dogs in the area. Today, they continue to do this while also offering resources to support pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Second Chance Animal Shelter

Everyone deserves a second chance and that’s the philosophy Second Chance Animal Shelter has built itself up around. They provide resources, advocacy support, and affordable services to pet owners who would, otherwise, be parted from their pets.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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Virginia

Angels of Assisi (Roanoke County)

Angels of Assisi runs a mobile clinic that services pet owners who would, otherwise, not be able to afford wellness care and surgeries for their pets.

Services include:

  • Affordable microchipping service
  • Low-cost vaccinations

Animal Welfare League of Arlington

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington provides no-interest loans to low-income pet owners who can’t afford emergency veterinary care.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

Bedford Humane Society

The Bedford Humane Society runs the Animeals pet food pantry for low-income pet owners who can’t afford to feed their pets. They also offer additional resources to promote healthy pet ownership.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Capital Animal Care Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic (Northern Virginia)

The Capital Animal Care Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic was started as a way to spread affordable pet care resources to pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Franklin County Humane Society

The Franklin County Humane Society features a planned pethood clinic as well as other vital pet care services subsidized by donations.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable microchipping service

Humane Society of Fairfax County

The Humane Society of Fairfax County provides medical service to a wider area with their Veterinary Mobile Clinic. They also run a pet food bank.

Services include:

  • General wellness care
  • Pet food assistance

Humane Society of Loudoun County

The Humane Society of Loudoun County works within the community to foster a stronger bond between pets and their owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Partners Among Cats and Canines (Franklin)

Partners Among Cats and Canines is a non-profit organization operating exclusively for charitable purchases. Their mission is to provide permanent homes for adoptable pets and educate the community on the importance of pet sterilization.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial assistance for emergency vet care

Prince William SPCA (Manassas)

The Prince William SPCA was started in 2004 and it’s been their mission, ever since, to reduce pet overpopulation and facilitate animal adoptions.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations

Roanoke Valley SPCA

The mission of the Roanoke Valley SPCA is to eliminate pet homelessness. They work to achieve this by educating on the importance of spay and neuter procedures and offering affordable services to pet owners.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County

The SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County works to engage the hearts and minds of the community by educating pet owners and providing necessary resources to enrich the lives of pets.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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Washington

Budkis Fund (Puget Sound)

The Budkis Fund helps by providing financial assistance to low-income senior pet owners who cannot afford emergency veterinary care for their pets.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

The Doney Memorial Pet Clinic (Seattle)

The Doney Memorial Pet Clinic provides financial aid for veterinary care to qualifying low-income and homeless pet owners.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Forget Me Not Animal Shelter (Republic)

The Forget Me Not Animal Shelter promotes dogs and cats for adoption as well as providing affordable pet sterilization procedures to help combat pet homelessness.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Good Samaritan Fund (Pullman)

The Good Samaritan Fund is run by Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Ideally, the support is given to pet medical situations that present teaching opportunities, but is not exclusive to these conditions.

Services include:

  • Financial assistance for pet owners

The NOAH Center (Stanwood)

The NOAH Center first opened its doors in 1988 as a way to stop the euthanization of healthy, adoptable pets.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Olympic Mountain Pet Pals (Jefferson County)

The Olympic Mountain Pet Pals group is an all-volunteer organization that promotes affordable pet sterilization procedures and sponsors pet therapy programs.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Pasado’s Safe Haven

Pasado’s Safe Haven was started in 1997 and named for a donkey who suffered at the hands of animal cruelty. Today, they investigate animal cruelty and promote healthy rehabilitation of animals. They also offer services for pet owners who might not be able to afford the necessary care for their pets.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

Progressive Animal Welfare Society (Lynnwood)

The Progressive Animal Welfare Society has been uniting more than 130,000 animals with loving homes since 1967. They also help pets and their people stay together by providing affordable services and resources.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Low-cost vaccinations
  • Affordable microchipping service

Purrfect Pals (Arlington)

The Purrfect Pals helps to prevent animal overpopulation through a voucher-based program covering the cost of spay/neuter surgery.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Seattle Humane

Seattle Humane is an independent, non-profit organization that saves upwards of about 7,000 animals each year.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Whatcom Humane Society (Bellingham)

The Whatcom Humane Society was founded in 1902 and is the oldest non-profit animal welfare organization in Whatcom County.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Pet food assistance

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West Virginia

Animal Welfare League of Arlington

In response to millions of animals humanely killed in shelters each year, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington seeks to turn this around. Their spay/neuter voucher program helps curb the cost of this necessary surgery.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

The National Humane Education Society (Charles Town)

Founded by Mrs. Anna C. Briggs back in 1948, the National Humane Education Society has been fighting against animal cruelty ever since. Among their many resources, they also help curb animal overpopulation through their spay/neuter program.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

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Wisconsin

The Dodge County Humane Society (Juneau)

The Dodge County Humane Society provides assistance for pet owners looking for spay and neuter surgeries for their pets as well as pet food.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Eau Claire County Humane Association

The Eau Claire County Humane Association is the voice of advocacy for animal welfare. They strive to help combat pet overpopulation and starvation through their affordable pet care resources.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Friends of Noah (Southern Wisconsin)

Friends of Noah is a volunteer-based organization rescuing dogs and cats in Wisconsin. Their Noah’s Animal Fund helps provide financial support to qualifying families who, otherwise, cannot afford pet medical care.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

Helping Hands for Pets (Western Wisconsin)

Helping Hands for Pets works to provide basic financial aid to qualifying families so their pets do not have to be surrendered or euthanized due to financial limitations.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha

The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha is a full-admission shelter and animal welfare organization handling pet adoptions and affordable pet care resources.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Wisconsin Humane Society (Milwaukee)

Established in 1879, the Wisconsin Humane Society has been saving animal lives for over 100 years. They offer a variety of affordable pet care resources to help keep pet owners and their pets from struggling under the weight of financial hardships.

Services include:

  • Pet food assistance
  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance
  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

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Wyoming

Central Wyoming Spay & Neuter Foundation

The Central Wyoming Spay & Neuter Foundation takes it upon itself to provide affordable sterilization procedures to companion animals of families that financially qualify.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Cheyenne Animal Shelter

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter busies themselves with finding homes for all their homeless pets while providing necessary resources for pet owners in need.

Services include:

  • Affordable spay/neuter assistance

Fur Kids Foundation (Campbell County

For the families who cannot financially cope with the costs of having a pet, the Fur Kids Foundation is there to make a difference.

Services include:

  • Financial aid for medical/veterinary care

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National pet financial aid

There are also plenty of financial aid organizations that aid pet owners across the country. Here are just a few:

  • The Big Hearts Fund provides financial assistance for pet owners who can’t afford the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease.
  • The Brown Dog Foundation can provide financial support for prescription medications and other wellness care costs.
  • Canine Cancer Awareness helps sponsor the veterinary costs of dogs that are diagnosed with cancer for families who can’t afford the cost.
  • The Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation provides grants for pet care. These grants can only be provided to pets in the care of a board-certified veterinary oncologist.
  • The Magic Bullet Fund raises money through donations to help cover the cost of dog cancer treatments for families in financial distress.
  • The Mosby Fund is a charitable organization that helps sponsor care for critically sick, injured, abused, and neglected dogs.
  • The Onyx & Breezy Foundation raises funds to provide support to spay and neuter programs, pet food assistance, cancer research, and so much more.
  • Pets of the Homeless provides pet food assistance and veterinary care for homeless pet owners.
  • The Riedel & Cody Fund offers financial support to pets who are suffering from cancer.
  • The Shakespeare Animal Fund helps provide funding to cover a pet’s initial vet visit.

Applying for pet financial aid

There are a couple of things you’ll need to do to determine if you are eligible for pet financial aid. While these requirements can vary by organization, the following are a good place to start.

Take inventory

Before you even decide on which organization to appeal to, take inventory of all of your pet’s needs. Make a list, and include everything from pet food to necessary surgeries (such as spay/neuter). Don’t forget other needs unique to your pet’s condition, like rehabilitative therapy (some organizations feature grants covering such services). Our pet cost calculator can help get you started. Having a better idea of your pet’s individual needs will save you a lot of time and stress when figuring out who to call.

Gather documentation

Many of these organizations are geared toward helping pet owners in need. This can mean low-income pet owners and, in some cases, homeless pet owners. You’ll want to have the necessary documentation handy. This can include: proof of Medicaid, proof that your yearly income is below a certain threshold (determined by individual organizations as being “in need” or “low-income”), and any other proof of government assistance.

Exhaust all other options

Generally, applying for pet financial aid should be a last resort. In fact, many of these organizations will explicitly state that they have limited funds and supplies. Some will also recommend a low interest credit card as an option for financing pet care.

Be persistent

If one organization doesn’t reach back out to you, try another in your area. If you are living in a state with limited pet aid organizations, keep your ear to the ground for any smaller scale community efforts. Some state and municipality organizations also offer assistance for low-income pet owners. Consult your local shelter; they’d rather help you find assistance than see you surrender your pet for financial reasons.

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Pet insurance

There are tons of pet insurance groups that can help cover the cost of emergency treatment and more, but are they really worth it? In a piece written for Forbes Sierra Black covered the question that crosses every pet owner’s mind: Is pet insurance worth the cost?

For Sierra, it wasn’t, but it might not be the same for other pet owners. That’s why it’s important to weigh the financial outcomes of insuring your pet versus not.

The case for pet insurance

As we’ve covered in previous pieces, the cost of pet insurance can range from $60-$70 a month. However, this price varies based on factors like age, breed, and gender. This figure will also most likely lower when you’re talking about a cat versus a dog’s insurance plan. Still, that’s not a high price to pay when you consider that most plans for that price will cover the following:

  • Accidents
  • Illness
  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Vaccines
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Dental Cleaning

There are also plans that go for as low as $10 a month and still have enough coverage for those out-of-the-blue emergencies. In an emergency situation, many people would be glad they were insured.

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The case against pet insurance

Cost is usually the biggest caveat. And though pet insurance can offer peace of mind, not all policies are all-inclusive. In fact, services like routine wellness checks usually are not covered, which means you’ll pay those out of pocket. In that sense, it might not seem worth it to pay for insurance to cover the big bad disaster when it might be more a matter of “if” than “when.”

If you’d like to be prepared but aren’t sold on pet insurance, setting up a pet emergency fund is an option worth considering.

Don’t give up

Taking care of your pet can be expensive, but it’s not impossible to find the help you need. Use our guide as a starting point and contact your local shelter for more information. Your pets are more than just animals, they are a part of your family — so don’t be afraid to fight for them.

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