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Financial Assistance for Pet Owners


Pet Owners Struggling With Economy Have Options 

The following is a list of organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners in need.  

Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. You will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance.  (There are additional organizations that were listed; however, they are not currently providing assistance, so they are not listed below.) 


In Memory of Magic – Helping people help pets

Link to application for financial assistance for the following - Life threatening emergencies as defined below:  A life threatening emergency exists when it has been confirmed in writing by a veterinarian that your pet will die or have to be humanely euthanized if care is not provided within 10 days from the date of diagnosis. 



Help-A-Pet and Help the People Who Love Them

Established in 1999, HELP-A-PET is a nonprofit organization with a single purpose: to provide financial assistance nationwide for the medical care of pets whose owners are unable to afford the expense.

Who We Help:  Physically and mentally challenged individuals, Senior citizens, Children of the working poor.


The Pet Fund

Application for assistance:

The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.


Please note – we are not able to fund emergencies.  The Pet Fund ONLY funds non-basic, non-emergency care. This includes medical care that is above and beyond basic care but which does not require urgent treatment. Unfortunately we have a chronic wait list for funding, due to the large number of applicants to our fund. 


United Animal Nations

The LifeLine Grant Program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers, non-profit organizations and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations.



Brown Dog Foundation

We are an organization dedicated to helping families who find themselves in a temporary financial crisis at the same time their pet requires life-saving treatment (only available in Tennessee) or life-sustaining medications (available in other states as well). 

We provide assistance to families who normally live above the poverty line, but have experienced a financial setback - unemployment, unexpected and major medical bills, loss of home, etc.  We are designed as a one-time benefit in most situations. 



Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program

The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.

Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion.

To apply:


Canine Cancer Awareness

We realize that treatments for canine cancer are very costly and can create financial hardship. If you are struggling and need assistance to provide your dog with cancer treatment you are encouraged to download an application for financial assistance. You need to have a confirmed cancer diagnosis from your veterinarian to have the application reviewed.


Cody’s Club (for radiation treatments)

Cody’s Club provides financial support for those who face radiation treatments on a limited income, and also emotional support services in the form of a hotline and in-person group that meets monthly.



The Mosby Foundation

The Mosby Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, to assist in the care of sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.

The Mosby Foundation would like to help everyone who asks for aid. However, this is simply not possible. Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive daily and the limited funds we have to work with, we simply cannot help everyone. Please e-mail us with a brief description of your dog's medical condition and your situation. Our priority for accepting an application for funding will continue to be a life-saving emergency confirmed by a licensed veterinarian either by fax or phone.


The Magic Bullet Fund  (Cancer Specific)

Magic Bullet Fund raises funds for dogs who, due to the caretaker’s financial constraints, would not be able to have or complete cancer treatment without assistance. Funding is not immediately available.  After a dog is accepted into MBF, time is needed for MBF to raise the funds for treatment.


God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity

We get many requests for financial help. We sadly do not send more than $50.00 (when we have money). However, we encourage people to fundraise in their area for 'pets' or animal(s) by using two of our simple forms.

One form is 'Walk a Mile' which can be done anytime, and anywhere! The other is a general form for donations.

We email the two forms as attachments.  They can be copied and given to local churches, schools, scouts, (local media), friends, etc. for donations, walkers, and/or sponsors.

Approval is needed to have these forms. Please email your full name, (group you are with if applicable), address, phone number, the veterinarian clinic's name, address and phone number with the animal(s) need and name. The veterinarian's office should be notified that they may be receiving checks from others before getting the forms.