If you have a pet there may come a time when you will need to pay for veterinary medical bills, which, depending on the medical emergency or condition, can be astronomical. Pet insurance can certainly help cover some of the costs if you have it. But there are times when a pet’s medical emergency or illness will exceed your resources. In cases such as these, pet owners may face an agonizing choice.
With this in mind, here are some financial resources and options you can look to for help.
The RedRover Relief program provides financial and emotional support to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets. They also have a program that helps with disaster relief, criminal seizures and hoarding cases.
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 veterinary care.
This all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity helps people cover vet bills when they just can’t do it themselves. They also help with spay/neuter and have a staff on hand to answer questions or get you the resources you need for any issues with your pet.
Credit Cards for Veterinary Care
Since many veterinary hospitals do not take payment plans, getting one of these specialized cards may be a solution if you are not able to afford the whole cost of treatment all at once. Your veterinarian must offer this service, in order for you to use so check with your veterinarian to see which cards are accepted.
- Care Credit
- Citi Health Card
Keep in mind the groups listed above are primarily for helping families with emergency medical situations. If you are looking for low cost-spay and neuter and vaccinations, try calling your local animal control or rescue organizations for information.
Kate’s Rescue for Animal’s is not responsible for any of the listed sites. We simply placed the information on our site for easy resource for our community.
Low Cost Vaccination Clinics
Sometimes we do not have the money to take our dogs to a vet, mostly due to that vet visit charge. There are options to avoid those pesky office charges and still get your beloved pets what they need.
One of those options is VIP Pet Clinics – This is a low income mobile clinic that dogs a number of things that a vet can do without the office charge. This includes heartworm tests, rabies, vaccinations, ect. For a list of what they do, and where you can find one near you visit their site: VIP Petcare
Insurance Providers That Do Not Discriminate By Breed
As animal lovers it is always painful for us to hear of pet owners that must rehome, or depart with their beloved family members due to breed discrimination. Many bully breeds fall prey to breed discrimination, and without home insurance many have difficult choices to make. Listed here you can find insurance companies that do not discriminate by breed, meaning you can get coverage for poodle and bully alike!
- State Farm (highly recommended)
- Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc.
- United Services Automobile Association for veterans and families of veterans
- Chubb Group
- Auto-Owners Insurance