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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2008, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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need help w/vet bills

Does anyone know of any organizations that help with vet bills? I am a volunteer with a rescue group. Someone that adopted one of my fosters is now having financial problems and needs help with her dogs medical bills.
I know I have read in the past that there are some organizations that can help with this type of thing. Does anyone know the name of these organizations?
Thanks for your help
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2008, 04:29 PM
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Re: need help w/vet bills

The names "IMOM" and "CreditCare" come to mind; I know nothing more about them than what I've read here on <u>this</u> forum--I'm not even sure that those are the correct names!

I'm <u>sure</u> that others will have better information.

Good thoughts and prayers are on the way to help you find what you need.


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Re: need help w/vet bills

Here is a list of organizations that might be able to help:

Here we also have a Pet Emergency Fund that people can apply to. That's something worth looking into in your area as well.

There are also on line fundraising sites but they usually need a non-profit umbrella organization and they do take a percentage of the money you raise.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2008, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Re: need help w/vet bills

Thank you very much. This looks like what I need.
I will pass along this information.
Thanks so much
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Re: need help w/vet bills

There are probably some duplicates in here as I combined a couple of lists that I have. Some also don't have the website, but at least the names are there, and a google search will probably bring up websites.

American German Shepherd Rescue Association, Inc.

Grants to Rescue Groups: Through receipt of donations and other fund raising activities the AGSRA has established a pool of funds available to qualified German Shepherd rescue organizations for reimbursement of certain types of rescue activities which support our goal of safeguarding German Shepherds.

IMOM (resource for owners and rescue organizations)
"Mission Statement: Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged." Note: IMOM also assists rescue organizations. Cases must be approved PRIOR to start of treatment.

Ortho Dogs’ Silver Lining (resource for owners and rescue organizations)

Canine orthopedic conditions and injuries are typically very expensive to treat medically and often the costs of treatment impose heavy financial burdens on caregivers. The intent of the Orthodogs' Silver Lining Foundation (OSLF) fund is to provide financial assistance to those families or individuals who find themselves in a position in which they cannot provide medical care for their companion dogs. Note: Orthodogs also assists rescue organizations.

The goal of Orthodogs' Silver Lining is to assist with the treatment, support or surgery of any in orthopedic condition or injury which it has been determined that the desired course of action will significantly improve the dog's quality of life. It is our hope that by assisting with the costs of these expensive medical treatments, companion dogs will be able to receive the care they need in order to enjoy an acceptable quality of life, and that they will be able to remain with their guardians.

United Animal Nations (resource for owners and rescue organizations)
"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.” (resource for owners and rescue organizations)
"From time to time, 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."

Care Credit (resource for owners and rescue organizations)
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
"Care Credit, 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."


Can help organizations set up on-line fundraising. Will also assist individuals with setting up fundraising for animals in need of extensive medical care.

Spay USA

“SPAY/USA, a program of North Shore Animal League America, is a nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter services.

Our mission is to end the suffering of innocent dogs and cats by reducing the number of unwanted births. Anyone who needs assistance finding affordable spay/neuter services can benefit by using the SPAY/USA referral service.

We also work with individuals who want to set up programs in their own area to help those in need. Spay/neuter services should be within reach - geographically and financially - for everyone who has a cat or dog.

SPAY/USA has over 1,000 sterilization programs and clinics nationwide with 7,000 top-notch veterinarians in the network as of 2003. 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.

Help us end pet overpopulation!
Call us toll-free at 1-800-248-SPAY (1-800-248-7729). Our phone counselors are available Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs in the US

“USA programs that provide low cost or free spay/neuter for pet cats and dogs, as well as strays and feral cats are searchable by city, state, county, zipcode and area code using our database search. There are also a few US nationwide programs that are available to anyone living in the United States if they qualify. Some programs work only with pets of people with low incomes, while others do not consider income at all but serve only pet cats -- or only feral (untamed) cat. Some other programs serve all kinds of people and cats. If that information was provided to us it is noted below the listing. You are advised to call the program to be certain the information is up to date.”

Angels 4 Animals (resource for owners)
"Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner
Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian
angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult
financial situations. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need."

Help-A-Pet (resource for owners)
"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 (resource for owners)
"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."



“If you have a dog with cancer, you know better than most why there is a great need for financial assistance for those who cannot afford cancer treatment for their loving and beloved pups. If you are able to give, donations are desperately needed by the Magic Bullet Fund and by all of the organizations below. Your donation will be greatly appeciated by the people whose dogs who would otherwise not be able to have treatment.

If you are in need of assistance:

· Ask if a discount program is offered by one of your local veterinary clinics or hospitals. Many veterinary school treatment centers have affiliated foundations to help clients without resources.

· Apply to CareCredit.

· Attempt to secure a bank loan.

Contact the organizations below.

The Magic Bullet Fund
Nationwide financial assistance for people who have dogs with cancer but cannot afford treatment. Founded by Laurie Kaplan and the Perseus Foundation, the fund gives more dogs with cancer a fighting chance to survive.
Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.

Cody's Club
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 Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund (a program of the Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society) subsidizes pets in Alberta, Canada whose owners would not have otherwise been able to pay for extensive cancer therapies.

Smiling Blue Skies
On March 27, 2001, our beautiful Blues lost his battle with lymphoma. In Blues' memory, a special cancer fund has been set up through the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund.

Animal Care Foundation
A community-based nonprofit organization in Englewood, CO that promotes the human-animal bond through programming that provides emotional, medical and financial support to help people and animals heal one another.

Land of Pure Gold
Our mission is to promote responsible dog care and develop creative media that embraces The Bond to raise monies for cancer treatment and research in comparative oncology. (Assistance for Golden Retreiver working dogs with cancer.)

Canine Cancer
Mission: "To raise and disseminate funds so as to provide financial assistance to owners of dogs who have been diagnosed with cancer who would otherwise be unable to provide treatment." (Fabulous supplement exchange program!)

Diabetic Pet Fund:


Los Angeles area:

Redwood City area:

Bay Cities area:

Actors and Others for Animals Los Angeles

Angel's Day Financial assistance for vet bills and general
assistance to seniors of Culver City, Santa Monica, Venice and

Animal Assistance League of Orange County Referrals for low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines and vet care

Animal Guardian Society Los Angeles area; emergency veterinary

Animal Welfare Association, 888-616-9663 San Francisco
area;spay/neuter financial assistance, possibly emergency cases

Emergency Assistance. (661) 327-PAWS

Senior Citizens' Veterinary Assistance Fund donates cat food and
litter, and assists with shots and s/n. (661) 327-4706

The Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals San Diego

Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary , (916) 556-1155
May be able to assist elderly, homeless and low-incom e individuals with vet care, food and foster homes when a stable environment is no longer available

Marin Humane Society Dog Fund Helps with costs associated with
routine medical care, X-rays, bloodwork, heartworm disease, and a
variety of com plex medical procedures

A Nike Animal Rescue Foundation
Resource for low-cost veterinarians in the Bay Area

Orange County SPCA Animal Rescue Fund Spay/neuter and veterinary care

PETaluma Pet Pals One-time grants for veterinary crises and
spay/neuter discount coupons

Pet Orphans of Southern California
Good Samaritan Program
Helps individuals of the Greater Los Angeles area with the cost of
medical care and/or spay/neuter for stray and feral animals

Pets In Need San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, emergencies only

RUFF Orange County

Sacramento SPCA Low-cost services

San Francisco SPCA San Francisco

Saddleback Valley Humane Society , (949) 262-5859 Orange County

Spay/Neuter Animal Network (SPAN) Ventura County

Voice for the Animals Foundation Los Angeles area

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2008, 10:28 PM
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Re: need help w/vet bills

Kris, it would be helpful if your post listing all the special orgs. that will help or assist with financial aid could be in a permanent place in the health section of the board. It has excellent info. Thank you.

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