Financial Help With Vet Bills

CT Dog Gone Recovery Volunteers (DGR) recognizes that everyone who owns a pet can not afford the high cost of veterinary care.  Attached is a list of organizations that offer financial assistance to dog owners who are unable to afford the high cost of veterinary care for their pets. Please note that we are not associated with any of these organizations, nor are we making any recommendations. This list is merely a compilation of sites we found that offer financial assistance to pet owners. We have not researched any of these companies, therefore, we do not take any responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of their services. These are independent organizations, we strongly encourage you to do your own investigation to determine which organizations may be helpful for your situation. Click on the Brown Underlined areas for direct links to the individual resources. 

*AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association)  How To Pay For Your Pet's Health Care


*AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Financial Assistance For Veterinary Care Cost


*Banfield Charitable Trust Donor-supported program for immediately life-threatening conditions only. They are intended to treat a variety of conditions and are delivered through our pet care partner, Banfield Pet Hospital.


*Bentley Grants Created to provide financial medical assistance to rescue groups and shelters to address serious health-related conditions of dogs in their care.


*Best Friends Animals Society  If your pet needs medical care that you cannot afford, here are listings of state-specific programs that may be able to help you.


*Big Hearts Fund It is our core belief that pets’ lives are valuable and important, and they have a right to appropriate veterinary care regardless of the financial status of their owners. Money from our charitable fund helps pet owners attain necessary veterinary care for their animals with heart disease.


*Brown Dog Foundation Because of the high volume of requests, our resources are given to those pets whose life is in immediate danger.


*Canine Cancer Awareness, -Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc. is a tax-deductible non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the prevalence of canine cancer, its effects and the available treatment options. Donations made to Canine Cancer Awareness are used for veterinary care for dogs with cancer whose families are financially unable to provide treatment.


*CARE CREDIT (CREDIT CARD) We offer veterinary financing to help keep your most cherished family members in top shape.


*Citi Health Card  (Credit Card) -Get flexible financing for health care services at participating dentists, orthodontists, vision care specialists, veterinarians and other providers with the Citi Health Card account.


*Connecticut Humane Society Check our list of national and state resources for pet owners in need


  • Fox Veterinary Clinic (860) 594-4503 -The Fox Memorial Clinic is a full service veterinary practice which provides veterinary care for animals whose owners are in financial need. Fox Memorial provides veterinary services on a fee-for-service basis to the public.


*Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation CVMF’s vision is to be a safety net for Connecticut’s domestic animals. They are the charitable and service arm of the veterinary community of Connecticut.


*CorgiAid A nonprofit organization founded to provide financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes. We help out those who rescue dogs from shelters or other non-permanent homes, then foster them until a new home is found.


*Diabetic Cats in Need Helps with the insulin and other diabetic supply costs of certain cats, both to help facilitate their rehoming and to help them stay in their original homes. On occasion, DCIN may help with treatment costs when cats have diabetes-related health problems that require veterinary care. The financial program currently accepting applications is the Compassionate Assistance Program


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*Veterinary CreditPlans (VCP) is the leading and only single-source provider of a full suite of integrated pet owner financing solutions.


*Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program (FVEAP)


*KOBI FUND FOR VACCINE ASSOCIATED SARCOMA We are a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Charity Organization (EIN #16-1624014) that provides emergency financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companion with Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS), also referred to as Injection Site Sarcoma (ISS).


*FETCH A CURE Provides financial assistance to families unable to bear the cost of the life-saving treatments for their pets that have been diagnosed with cancer. This program strives to provide pet owners with a sense of hope when facing a cancer diagnosis.


*Frankie’s Friends We save pets’ lives by providing grants to help with the cost of life-saving or life-enhancing emergency or specialty care for pets whose families cannot afford the full cost of treatment.


*Friends and Vets Helping Pets Founded to assist families with financial limitations to pay for extraordinary veterinary expenses necessary to save a pet’s life.


*Good Sam Fund If your pet needs medical care that you cannot afford, here are listings of state-specific programs that may be able to help you.


*Handicapped Pets Foundation We donate mobility equipment to pets in need.


*HSUS Humane Society of the United States


*IAADP International Association of Assistance Dog Partners The VCP Fund is only for assistance dogs over 18 months of age working with a Partner Member of IAADP.


*Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation An all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to assist Owners and Families of pets who are in need of cancer treatment.  The JLACF is a portal through which all of us can help those unable to pay for animal cancer treatments.  


*K9 Carts K9 Carts supports pets in need through our ongoing cart donations and social media fundraising drives (where our fans and followers often donate to pets in need). For more information on cart donations please contact us.


*Labrador LifeLine, Inc. Not for Profit Organization created to help owners or rescuers of Labrador Retrievers who are in need of financial assistance.


*Lab Med Helping rescued Labradors in need of medical attention is our mission. Founded in 1996, LABMED is an Internet-based non-profit organization created to distribute financial aid to injured or ill rescues around the country, giving them a second chance at adoption and love from a permanent family.


*Land of Pure Gold Provides Cancer treatment grants for working dogs.


*Paws 4 A Cure Provides financial assistance to qualified families throughout the United States who cannot afford veterinary care for their beloved furry family members without our help. Paws 4 A Cure does not discriminate against breed, age, or diagnosis.


*Pet Savers Inc - Dr. Steve Abrams Memorial Foundation. Dedicated to eliminating Economic Euthanasia by providing grants to pet parents who otherwise would be unable to provide critical Veterinary Care for their four-legged family members.


*Pets of the Homeless Only national animal organization focused completely on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care for pets of the homeless.


*Pyramedic Trust The goal of the PYRAMEDIC Trust (PaT) is to provide financial assistance for Great Pyrenees' owners/rescuers whose Pyrs are in need of emergency medical care.


*Red Rover Relief Grants 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.


*Rose’s Fund For Animals We will financially assist, to the best of our ability, pet owners and Good Samaritans who have an animal with a good prognosis for a healthy life but are at a financial loss.


*Shakespeare Animal Fund This fund was founded to help others who might face financial problems while trying to save their pets.


SpayUSA provides referrals to over 1,500 *SpayUSA  sterilization programs and clinics nationwide with 5,000 veterinarians in the network as of 2014. Our goal is to make spay/neuter services affordable to those who might not otherwise spay/neuter their pets. By working together, we hope to popularize and facilitate spay/neuter services throughout the country and end pet overpopulation.low cost


*Special Needs Dobermans We are an all-volunteer organization of people with a common goal of helping Senior and special needs Doberman Pinschers. That need may be financial for Doberman Rescue Groups, or it may be only information and/or moral support for the owner of a Doberman with a serious illness or injury. We will also aid Rescue Groups in rehoming and fostering senior Dobermans they may place under their care.


*Star Relief A group of volunteers dedicated to keeping pets and families together during hard financial times.  We do this by providing life-saving pet food, supplies, and veterinary care to families in need.  


*The Brown Dog Foundation Provide financial assistance to pet owners in temporary financial crisis whose pet faces a treatable, but life-threatening condition or illness, in order to restore the quality of life to owner and pet. Our mission is to fight cancer through treatment, research, and prevention.  Currently, the majority of our work is involved in helping needy families get treatment for their cats and dogs suffering from cancer.  We offer treatment grants to help pet parents pay for their pet’s chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy and holistic therapy (including alternative medicine and acupuncture).


*The Gandalf Fund Provides financial assistance for working and retired assistance dogs in the event of catastrophic illness or accidental injury.


*The Magic Bullet Fund Every day 8,000 -10,000 dogs are diagnosed with cancer.

We help the families who can't afford treatment costs.


*The Mosby Foundation  -Specializing in paying medical expenses for sick, abused and neglected dogs. Many of these dogs have been abandoned with  no one to speak on their behalf, or to help them live the lives all dogs are meant to live. Others have owners with limited means for providing adequate medical attention for their pets.  We Can not pay for Emergencies.


*The Onyx and Breezy Foundation provides funding and support to:

The Onyx & Breezy Foundation provides funding and support to:

  • Spay and neuter programs

  • Rescue of animals from kill shelters

  • Food, medicine, and supplies

  • Cancer Research

  • Medicine and equipment for military and police canines

  • Equipment for medical facilities

  • Puppy mill rescues and disaster relief

  • Shelters, rescues, foster groups and sanctuaries

  • Pets of individuals where medical hardship is present

  • Helping the dogs of veterans suffering from PTSD

  • Other endeavors that benefit the welfare of animals


*The Perseus Foundation (Cancer specific)


*The “MAGIC BULLET FUND”  mission is to provide financial assistance to people who have dogs with cancer but cannot afford the high costs of treatment


*The Pet Fund Provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.


*Top Dog Foundation To rescue, rehabilitate, and provide a loving and permanent home for dogs that are deemed “un-adoptable” because of age and health; that would otherwise be unnecessarily euthanized.


*Westie Med helping rescued Westies in need of medical attention is our Mission. WestieMed, Inc., is an all-volunteer, IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to distribute financial aid to injured or ill rescued Westies


Articles pertaining to financial assistance for Vet Care


*Resources To Turn To If You Are Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care For Your Dog (Dog Heirs)



Crowd Source Funding

Sources that allow you to create a personal fundraising page where you can raise funds for your pet's medical care. These groups charge a small percentage of funds raised.





-Contact your local shelter. Some shelters operate or know of local subsidized veterinary clinics or veterinary assistance programs.


- The Yellow Pages of your phone book is a good place to start to find local shelters look under "animal shelter," "animal control" or "humane society," .


- can also give you a list of animal shelters, animal control agencies, and other animal care organizations in your community just enter your zip code.

The specific breed of dog, have clubs that may offer veterinary financial assistance.  Contact the National Club for that breed. The American Kennel Club,(AKC), has a list of the national dog clubs.  Additionally, The HSUS (Humane Society of the  United States)  has a list of breed-specific assistance groups and State based organizations.

If you purchased your dog from a reputable breeder, check your contract to see if there is a health guarantee that covers your pet's ailment.


Check with veterinary schools in your state to see if they offer discount services to the public. You can find a list of veterinary schools in the Education section of the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) website,