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California Pets: 10 Affordable Vet Care Resources

California Pets: 10 Affordable Vet Care Resources

Free or low-cost care for your California pets may seem like an impossible dream, especially given the current financial state of our country. But it’s not! We’ve got a comprehensive list of affordable California pet care facilities for your perusal.

Check out our list of 24+ resources for free or low-cost veterinary care!

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Spay and Neuter Services

Spay/Neuter Sacramento! (Sacramento)

This facility offers a community spay/neuter program for low-income owners with California pets. Here’s a brief description of the program from their website:

“Do you have a dog or cat you need to get “fixed” (spayed or neutered)? If you live in the City of Sacramento and meet our income guidelines, we may be able to help. The City of Sacramento’s Animal Care Services has a program to help get pets fixed and vaccinated for a very low cost. Read more below to see if you qualify.”

You’ll need to complete a form that assesses whether you’re eligible to spay/neuter your furry loved ones for an extremely low price. Click here to learn more. You can also apply via phone at (916) 808-7383.

Central California SPCA (Fresno)

If you’re struggling under the weight of financial hardship and you have California pets, you may qualify for Central California SPCA’s “Snip ‘N Chip” program.

Our Snip N Chip program is for low-income pet owners and offers low cost spay/neuter services. If you qualify, the cost for these services is only $35 per pet (4 pets total per person) and includes a free microchip.”

You’ll have to present documentation detailing income i.e. paystub, award letter, etc. as evidence of your financial status. Your furry friend must be a minimum of four months in age. Head over here for more information and to find out how to apply for assistance. Call (559) 233-7722 ext. 116 or 125.

ICARE of the Eastern Sierra (Bishop)

ICARE of the Eastern Sierra provides low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for your California pets. Here’s the brief lowdown regarding their Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Fund:

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Fund – To prevent the birth of unwanted litters, ICARE, in cooperation with our local veterinarians, provides financial assistance for pet owners who would otherwise be unable to afford vital spay/neuter surgeries for their pets.”

Go here to learn more and find out how to receive assistance. Call (760) 872-3802

LA Animal Services (Los Angeles)

You can obtain free and low-cost spay/neuter vouchers for your California pets via LA Animal Services. In addition, you can apply for assistance on their website.

“Free Spay & Neuter Certificates (vouchers) and Discount Spay & Neuter Coupons are available for Los Angeles City residents at all six (6) LA City Animal Shelters. Please be sure to bring a valid photo ID with you. Each household is eligible for discounts for 3 dogs and 3 cats. Feral cats and stray dogs do not qualify for this program.”

If you’re interested in seeing if you qualify for free or low-cost surgery vouchers, head over here. You can also call (888) 452-7381.

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Pet Food Banks/Pantries

Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry (Bakersfield)

This wonderful pet food pantry serves low-income owners with California pets. Their distribution dates are the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 10 am to 12 pm. Of course, you must qualify in order to receive assistance. In order to determine your eligibility, you’ll have to complete an application at the distribution site. Additionally, you must bring a photo ID and proof of income. For more information, click here. You can also call (661) 369-1222.

SPCA for Monterey County (Salinas)

SPCA for Monterey County boasts a Pet Meals program specifically for disabled and lower-income residents with California pets. In fact, they collaborate with local Meals on Wheels organizations to deliver pet food to those who need it.

“The SPCA, in collaboration with local Meals On Wheels organizations, is lifting this burden. In addition to the usual delivered meals, Meals On Wheels volunteers now deliver pet food provided by the SPCA and our generous supporters. This program ensures that people receiving delivered meals no longer feel the need to share their food with their pets.”

Go here to learn more. Call (831) 373-2631.

Santa Cruz SPCA (Santa Cruz)

Heather’s Pet Food Pantry is part of the Santa Cruz SPCA. They offer pet food to financially overwhelmed residents with California pets. According to their site, they annually distribute more than 10,000 pounds of pet food to dogs and cats. They give out free food every Friday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. It’s a week’s worth of sustenance for your furry loved ones. Additionally, they have dry/wet food and free used pet supplies. Head over here to learn more and get their address. Call (831) 465-5000.

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Veterinary Care Grants/Assistance

The Acme Foundation (Lake County)

The Acme Foundation can provide funding for California pets that need medical treatment. This is only for low-income senior citizens and the disabled with furry loved ones. All treatment must take place at the Clearlake Veterinary Clinic.

“If the pet is diagnosed as seriously ill, has a good prognosis of survival by a Clearlake Veterinary Clinic staff veterinarian, and the pet owner is considered by The Acme Foundation’s guidelines as being low income, a senior citizen or disabled then an Acme Foundation application can be completed and submitted, at Clearlake Veterinary Clinic.”

Click here for more information. You can also call (707) 928-5200.

Placer SPCA (Placer County)

You can receive financial assistance from the Placer SPCA if you’re a low-income resident with California pets. The objective is to keep owners and their furry loved ones together. If you qualify, you’ll be rewarded with a one-time grant of $500. You must prove you’re a responsible pet owner. Additionally, your pet must have a good prognosis and full indication that positive recovery is possible after treatment. Go here to learn more. Call (916) 782-7722 ext. 6170.

Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation (Statewide)

Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation is dedicated to providing monetary aid to your California pets, specifically canines. Your dog must have a positive prognosis and can fully recover post-treatment. Expenses for the diagnosis are included in your application. Lastly, your pup hasn’t received a “contribution” in the past six months. All of the above criteria must be met in order to be considered for assistance. Head over here to peruse their guidelines and apply for veterinary aid. You can also shoot them an email: [email protected]

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Allissa Guzman

Monday 29th of August 2022

I live in Compton Ca and my family is low low-income. I need help getting my dog spayed as well as assistance getting veterinary care as she is having irregular bowel movements. Where can I go to get help?

Catherine Marucci

Tuesday 30th of August 2022

Hi Alissa. If none of the organizations on this list are helpful in your case, it may be worth calling 211 to see if there is anything else they can suggest in your local area.


Thursday 23rd of June 2022

need low income or free emergency vet assistant for escondido, san diego county, california

Catherine Marucci

Saturday 9th of July 2022

Here are the resources in California

Ruth Koch

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

I rescued a puppy from an abusive owner. The puppy is albino, I think he's deaf and might be mute, he doesn't response to my callings or in any sound whatsoever, never hear him bark or whine either. Also the puppy has a severe ear infection a lot of pus coming out from his ear that smells terrible. I wanted to take him to the vet but I don't have money, as I'm currently unemployed. I'd like to know where can I take him to get treated and maybe diagnose with his condition for free. He's a very sweet dog and deserves to be happy, even though he seems happy now compared to the first time I saw him, I have him for a week now and I just love him. Thank you.


Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

@Ruth Koch, Ian Somerhalder Foundation Rescued pets may be able to receive up to $1,000 to assist with recovery from traumatic injuries, abuse or neglect.


Saturday 28th of May 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!

Lisa hasserd

Friday 9th of April 2021

Hi I live in riverside California.I'm not working right now,and I really just getting by through friends buying me animal food.we inherited a large black Labrador from my boyfriend s grandmother who died,and also I have a cat.I've been doing awful financially and they both need shots and care.I'm broke and desperately just trying not become dog had a slight ear infection,and my cat needs to be fixed.its my cat my boyfriend was against it but its cruel not not.can you help me with resources. I have no car,and have disabilities that prevent me from driving. Please help me find resources.thank you

Hannah Benge

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Everything we have for California is on here but you can also check out our list here We hope you find the help you need! -Hannah