When Pet Owners Can’t Afford Veterinary Bills

Additional Tips
The ASPCA recommends that pet parents in need of financial aid talk with their veterinarian about setting up a payment plan before seeking out a national grant. And if you live in the area of a veterinary school of medicine, the ASPCA suggests you check out their programs for veterinary care and clinical trials. Many of these programs are comprehensive and free. And finally if you are a senior citizen, be sure to ask your veterinary hospital if they give a senior discount.

In addition, the 30-year-old CareCredit company offers financing to pet owners who cannot afford a veterinary procedure. This is a healthcare credit card program.

American Humane Second Chance Grants – These grants are open to public and private “animal sheltering agencies” and rescue groups. Funds are used to cover medical procedures for animals that have been victims of abuse or neglect and require treatment before they can be placed for adoption.

Grey Muzzle Organization – Grants are provided to animal welfare organizations and rescue groups to help homeless senior dogs. Grey Muzzle’s vision is to create a “world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.”

ISF Emergency Medical Care Grants – This is part of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. The grant program assists rescue groups and on occasion individual rescuers. They pay for the medical care of animals recovering from abuse, neglect or injuries from a traumatic event. Their goal is to offset the financial burden to nonprofits that need to medically treat and rehabilitate homeless pets.

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