Veterinary costs are one of the biggest contributors to the overall costs of owning a pet, which is why Pets for Patriots partners with veterinary practices across the country to provide high quality, discounted care to veterans and service members who adopt through our program.
We often get requests for assistance with individuals’ veterinary bills when their dog or cat experiences either a medical emergency or requires extraordinary care, like surgery. Although we do not maintain a veterinary fund, there are excellent local and national resources available to qualifying pet owners:
- The Pet Fund provides financial aid for pets who need non-basic, non-urgent care.
- Best Friends Animal Society offers a comprehensive listing of resources by state and breed, as well as for individuals who are disabled or have assistance animals.
- Dogs On Deployment provides financial assistance to qualifying service members E-6 ranks and below, as well as non-active veterans on an individual basis. Individuals can apply for grants for routine and emergency care, as well as for costs related to PCS travel with pets.
- Trio Animal Foundation helps shelters, rescues and individuals pay medical bills of homeless pets.
- Red Rover provides a listing of organizations that provide financial assistance for veterinary care, organized by state/national, disease, breed and other relevant factors.
- Red Rover Relief Grants provides assistance grants for life-threatening or urgent veterinary needs for pets that have a promising outcome if treated.
- Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (cats only) is for owners who cannot afford necessary, life-saving veterinary care.
- Humane Society of the United States listing provides both national and state-by-state listing of various organizations, funds, etc. for low/no-cost veterinary care.
- Care Credit offers payment plans for individuals who need help with various types of bills, including veterinary care.
- Rose’s Fund offers financial assistance for veterinary bills to pet owners experiencing financial hardship, as long as the animal has a good prognosis if the care is rendered.
- Handicapped Pets Foundation donates mobility equipment to pets in need.
- Frankie’s Friends provides grants for emergency and specialty care for pets with promising outcomes; application must be made by the pet’s treating veterinarian.
- PetChance uses the power of social media and crowd funding to help individuals raise money for their pets’ veterinary bills.
- Dog and Cat Cancer Fund works with treating veterinarians to assist low-income individuals with cancer treatment for their pets.
- Magic Bullet Fund helps pay for canine cancer treatment only.
Pets for Patriots members are eligible to receive a 15% discount from Petplan, rated America’s number one pet insurance provider and the exclusive pet insurance sponsor of our charity. Whether you choose to insure your pet, set aside medical funds in your family budget – or both – always have a financial plan to care for your pet’s veterinary needs.
What tips can you share for managing your pet’s medical costs?