Help — Financial Assistance for Pet Guardians



A new online tool enables you to search for free or low cost pet support services like veterinary care, pet food pantries, temporary pet care and more simply by entering your zipcode……  Visit

If you or someone you know is facing the challenges of increased prices related to care of a companion animal, it's possible to find help by going to the website and entering a zipcode.

Statement from the website:

"This platform changes the game for struggling pet owners, who may have thought their only option was to give up a loved pet to a shelter. Human Animal Support Services created this free, first-of-its-kind platform to make accessing pet support services easy."



The Red Rover Relief website is a great source of information on agencies that provide financial help to pet guardians in need.  The site lists numerous agencies, organized by state, breed, condition covered, etc.  The organization also gives grants in specific circumstances, stating: "The RedRover Relief Urgent Care grant program provides financial assistance, resources, and emotional support for pet guardians struggling with economic hardship when pets are in life-threatening situations. The average grant is around $250, and is intended to fill a small gap in funding that is keeping an animal from care."


"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."


The following organizations may be among those listed elsewhere; we apologize for any redundancy:


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.


BIRCH BARK FOUNDATION -- Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties, CA
"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 on requirements......

ANIMAL FIX CLINIC -- Richmond (SF East Bay), CA
What Animal Fix Clinic offers: "We’re dedicated to making high-quality veterinary care accessible to all. That’s why we offer all our services at sliding-scale pricing. With the support of donors and grantors, we also offer no-cost options when financially necessary. In addition to spay and neuter surgeries, we provide other essential surgical procedures (wound repair, amputation, removal of swallowed objects, and more) as well as vaccines and microchips at the time of surgery. We are a Fear Free Certified® practice, and our staff is specially trained to care for the physical and emotional health of our clients, ensuring every animal has a safe and secure visit. If you have a cat or dog that needs help, contact us."

Leave No Pets Behind Veterinary Clinic -- West Covina, CA
"The Leave No Paws Behind Low Cost Veterinary Clinic was created as a way to help low or no income families care for their beloved pets and receive high quality, low cost veterinary care in a clean, state of the art facility. The clinic is open to anyone that wants great quality pet care. The clinic is a Non-Profit 501c3 program under the umbrella of the Leave No Paws Behind Inc. animal rescue. The rescue saves senior, sick, and hospice animals that have been left in Southern California shelters."


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

OLD DOGS, NEW DIGS -- Maine and Colorado
Community Assistance Program --"Old Dogs New Digs is expanding our mission, from not only finding homes for senior dogs and cats, to helping senior dogs and cats stay in their current homes. We understand that senior animals may have health issues and expenses that come unexpectedly. Often their owners are on a fixed income. Falling on hard times and facing financial hardship can directly impact one’s ability to provide unexpected veterinary costs.  Serving both Maine and Colorado, Old Dogs New Digs wants to help people in desperate need of financial assistance with the healthcare of their pets." More info......

LOVIE'S LEGACY -- Tennessee
"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