I have recently fallen on hard times. How am I going to take care of my pet while getting through this rough patch?
Stan the Man
Whether it’s a job loss, a family crisis or an emergency home repair, a financial setback can be incredibly stressful. Unfortunately, people strapped for cash sometimes skimp on pet care to afford groceries or pay bills. If your animal needs medical care you can’t afford, don’t despair. There are organizations that may be able to help.
Paws 4 A Cure provides financial aid to those who can’t afford veterinary care for their pets. It helps owners of cats and dogs who may have illnesses and injuries, regardless of breed, age or diagnosis. paws4acure.org
The Pet Fund assists in covering non-basic, non-emergency care. It also provides information on preventive care, pet insurance programs and financial services to help prevent future emergencies. thepetfund.com
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance offers emergency financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians unable to afford veterinary services to save their companion with vaccine-associated sarcoma. fveap.org
Diabetic Cats in Need provides one-time assistance with certain insulins and other supplies to low-income caregivers. It also offers feline diabetes educational information. dcin.dreamhosters.com
RedRover Relief Grants helps with financial aid, resources and support to low-income folks and survivors of domestic violence and their pets, so families can escape together and stay together. redrover.org/relief
Frankie’s Friends Fund dispenses grants to cover part of the cost of life-saving or life-enhancing emergency or specialty care for pets whose families can’t fully pay for treatment. frankiesfriends.org
The Riedel & Cody Fund cares for pets with cancer when owners cannot afford it. Caregivers help raise money for those whose pets suffer with cancer and lack necessary funds for treatment. riedelcody.org
The Magic Bullet Fund provides assistance with the cost of treatment for dogs with cancer. themagicbulletfund.org
Handicapped Pets Foundation donates wheelchairs to pets in need. It is dedicated to extending the life of handicapped pets. helping them move and get needed exercise to live long, happy, healthy lives. hpets.org
Many of these organizations are funded by donations, so some programs may be discontinued when funding is no longer available. Keep in mind each organization is independent and has its own set of rules and guidelines. Make sure to investigate carefully to determine if you qualify for assistance.
No pet parent wants an animal to suffer because the cost of medical care is out of reach. Financial help is out there and there are steps you can take. First, talk to your veterinarian and explain the situation. Some vet offices have payment plans. Your vet might discuss options to reduce your bill, provide cash discounts or have an emergency fund for those in immediate need of help.
If you can afford to, donating funds to your favorite animal aid organization or even your vet’s office emergency fund will help animals in need in the future. It’s a wonderful tribute to the pets who’ve made a difference in your life.
Davi lives by the mantra ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed.’