FUNDING FOR VET CARE
It can happen to any of us at any time. Our beloved pet becomes ill and we find ourselves in a situation where we cannot afford treatment. There are options, however, and it may not be necessary to make that tough decision to let your canine companion go to the rainbow bridge just yet.
Here are some options for you to explore:
CAMP BOW WOW FOUNDATION
In Memory of Magic (IMOM) is dedicated to insuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
American Animal Hospital Association
"The heartbreak happens all too often a pet owner is unable to afford treatment and their sick or injured companion animal pays the price. If the owner is elderly, disabled or on a fixed income, the cost of care may be too much of a stretch for their pocketbook. Perhaps they have been victimized by crime, property loss or a job layoff and are experiencing a temporary financial hardship ? making it too difficult to afford pet care. And some animals, brought to clinics by Good Samaritans, don't have an owner to pay for treatment. Whatever the situation, the fact remains the same: When sick or injured animals are unable to receive veterinary care, they suffer. Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. This card has no-interest options. "CareCredit, the leader in patient/client financing, has helped more than 3 million patients/clients get the treatment or procedures they needed and wanted. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget."
"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. For lonely seniors, physically/mentally challenged individuals and children of working parents, pets represent much more than a diversion."
The Pet Fund
"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or emergency vet visits. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost."
Good Sam Fund, www.goodsamfund.org
United Animal Nations LifeLine Fund, www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=28
Brown Dog Foundation, http://www.browndogfoundation.org/home
Cody's Club (Radiation treatments) http://codysclub.bravehost.com/
The Mosby Foundation, http://www.themosbyfoundation.org
Assistance Dog Partners: http://www.iaadp.org/VCP.html
Orthodogs' Silver Lining Foundation (Orthopedic Cases and Service Dogs), www.oslf.org
In the case of Silver's Cause, OSLF will accept applications from any individual who is in need of financial assistance for the purpose of providing medical treatment for any medical condition or injury experienced by their Service Dog. Silver's Cause does not limit applicants to financial assistance for orthopedic conditions or injuries.
Groups Who are Breed or Injury Specific:
"From time to time, HandicappedPets.com recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help. There are those who are so selflessly dedicated to their animal families that they give up a little more than they can afford."
IMOM Blind Dogs Fund: http://www.imom.org/fa/contact.htm
I MOM Diabetic Pet Fund: http://www.imom.org/diabetic-pets
Diabetic Pet Fund: http://www.petdiabetes.net/fund/
OSLF will accept applications from any group or individual who is in need of financial assistance for the purpose of providing medical treatment for any orthopedic condition or injury for their dog.
Applicants should consider OSLF as their last resort to obtain financial assistance, and should have exhausted all other possibilities. In most cases, applicants will be asked to provide a summary of their attempts to obtain other funding, which may include a loan denial from Care Credit. Applicants will be asked to provide proof that they do not have the resources necessary to provide medical care for their dog.