Help — Financial Assistance for Pet Guardians

You can get help with emergency or other care for your dog from a number of organizations established to prevent your having to give up your companion animal or choose euthanasia because you cannot afford the veterinary bills.  

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers veterinary care at reduced rates in New York City, Los Angeles, CA,  Miami, FL, and Asheville, NC.

The Grey Muzzle Organization is a major funding source for rescues and shelters that help senior dogs.  You can look for a rescue in your area by going to their list of rescues that they fund and selecting your state in the search field.

NEW!! An organization called Waggle uses a crowdfunding model to help you set up an account and receive donations to help with veterinary expenses.  The funds are sent directly to the veterinarian administering care to your dog.

The following list can also help you locate a source of help:

RedRover Relief provides financial assistance grants and additional resources so pet owners and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care. Visit for eligibility requirements and application. RedRover also offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets. To learn more about this program, visit

The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. The Pet Fund works only on non-basic, non-urgent care, such as cancer treatment, heart disease, chronic conditions, endocrine diseases, eye diseases, etc. We receive over 200 calls daily from pet owners needing help, and we typically have a wait list for assistance. Eligible pet owners can apply for a one-time grant which must be for already-adopted animals whose medical needs match our care category and wait list time. Pet owners must reside in the United States.

Del Ray Oaks, CA -- This organization helps people who live in Monterey County, CA, and whose veterinarian is also based in Monterey County.

Elder Paws Senior Dog Foundation, Fresno, CA, is a 501(c)(3) non profit California organization (EIN# 45-5291667) founded by Cathie Garnier, and dedicated to reducing the number of senior dogs entering the overcrowded kill shelters where they often do not make it out alive.  Elder Paws believes that all dogs have value, regardless of age, health, or owner’s financial status. The organization provides fixed income pet owners of older companion animals in the Central Valley area with critical vet care services.


Mr. Mo Project, Clifton Park, NY -- The Mr. Mo Project is run by Chris and Mariesa Hughes and is an established 501(c)(3) non-profit group responsible for saving countless shelter dogs since 2011. Together they fight to save senior shelter dogs nationwide, to honor of the life of their late and beloved senior dog, Mr. Mo.  With generous donations from Team Mo Sponsors, and the amazing Mr. Mo dog rescue community, all program dogs enjoy veterinarian medical bill assistance for the duration of their life, including free transportation to one of our generous foster homes, and other great benefits.


"We offer assistance grants to animal owners in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, who are unable to cover some or all of the cost of their pet’s medical care.  Financial haradship should never cause the loss of any family pet."    More info o
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"Our Veterinary Assistance Program provides small grants to low-income pet owners in Tennessee whose pets are in need of urgent medical care." More info......


For pets with cancer, the following sources of assistance are available:

In addition to the listings above, also review the information at:

What can I do if I can't afford a vet?

State-by-State Financial Resources for Seniors with Pets

Best Friends

Humane Society of the United States