Need Help Paying Vet Bills?

Work with your veterinarian. Ask your primary vet whether any less expensive treatment option is available. Think about getting a second opinion to compare medical cost. Try to arrange a payment plan. Ask whether the practice would accept services in place of cash. Perhaps an extra hand at the reception desk or in the kennel is needed at times.

Consider going to a vet in a less expensive area or locate a veterinary school with a clinic for low-income clients. The American Veterinary Medical Association has a list of schools by state here.

Explore animal welfare organizations that offer help to pets needing medical care. These funding programs typically have specific application procedures, eligibility requirements and may be limited to certain breeds, species, diseases, etc.

Helpful links to various types of financial resources follow:

National Resources


  • CorgiAid (Cardigan Welsh, Pembroke Welsh and corgi mixes)
    Assists rescue dogs. Applicants must be fostering the dog with intent, once the dog is healthy and a suitable home is found, of rehoming that dog to a permanent home.
  • LABMED (Labs or lab mixes)
    Assists rescue dogs. Emergency medical expenses for abandoned or rescued cases.
  • Labrador Life Line
    Assists eligible Labs, owned or in rescue, with medical treatment, transportation needs, boarding costs, or other special needs that will enable the Lab to find a home and to live out life surrounded by people who love the pet.
  • Pyramedic Trust (Great Pyrenees) 
    Financial assistance for Great Pyrenees in need of emergency medical care or with a chronic illness.
  • Special Needs Dobermans
    Assistance to eligible Doberman owners and rescuers.
  • WestieMed, Inc. (West Highland White Terriers or Westie mixes)
    Monetary assistance toward non-routine immediate medical care, treatment or medications for abandoned, rescued, or recent adoption cases (up to 6 months) and for whom no other funding is available or is insufficient.




  • Cats in Crisis
    Offers grants for cats with kidney disease, thyroid disease or cardiac conditions, or neurological conditions or mobility impairments such as Cerebellar hypoplasia, paraplegia, and limb malformations.
  • Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program 
    Medical costs for life-threatening illness or injury. Limited to recipients of State Medicaid, Medicare, or Social Security only income; a public assistance program; or unemployment benefits.
    Affordable spay/neuter services.


Local Resources

 (DC Metro Area)