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Cheap & Free Vet Care in the Sacramento Area

Cheap & Free Vet Care in the Sacramento Area

Yesterday, Maria contacted us looking for free or cheap veterinary care for low income clients (such as vet vouchers and low income veterinary referrals) in the Sacramento area. If you’re in a similar situation in the Sacramento area, please check out our response below!


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Nationwide Free and Low-Cost Veterinary Care

We have a list of nationwide organizations that provide free and low-cost veterinary care nationwide on this post.

Free and Low Cost Veterinary Care in California

Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation (SCAF)


California dogs who require medical treatment for an unforeseen illness or injury may be eligible to receive funds from SCAF. A diagnosis and good prognosis for survival are required.

Please note that SCAF will not help pay for the initial veterinary visit that provides the diagnosis. It only assists with treatment.  You will need an itemized bill from a veterinarian.


Candidates can receive assistance from SCAF every 6 months. 

Free and Low Cost Veterinary Care in the Sacramento Area

Acme Foundation (Lake County only)

Senior citizens and disabled owners of seriously ill cats and dogs can apply for assistance through the Acme Foundation. The funds will only be disbursed to Clearlake Veterinary Clinic, so treatment must be received there. To qualify, pets must be diagnosed as seriously ill, have a good prognosis of survival and belong to a low-income senior citizen or disabled owner.

Chester Foundation (Greater Sacramento Area)

The Chester Foundation provides funds directly to the veterinary hospital to cover the costs of emergency, life-threatening treatments. The funds cover the necessary materials and labor costs. Partner hospitals also offer discounts, helping owners even further.

To qualify, owners must be low income and reside in one of the following counties: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba. Click here for the application.

Placer SPCA


Low income Placer County pet owners can receive assistance through Placer SPCA. They offer up to $500 to help with rental pet deposits and veterinary treatment!

In order to receive help, you will need to prove that you have a history of responsible pet ownership. Funds are not available for chronic conditions, cosmetic procedures, or for animals with a history of behavior or temperament problems. A good prognosis of recovery is required and pets must be spayed/neutered at time of treatment.

Click here for details. 

VCA Hospital 

Fill out this form to receive a free exam at a neighborhood VCA animal hospital!

Spay/Neuter & Vaccinations in the Sacramento Area

ASN Non-Profit Clinic


Contact ASN at (916) 368-7314 to schedule a low or no-cost appointment. They have locations in Sacramento and Auburn!

City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter (Sacramento CITY only)

A FREE vaccination clinic is available to pets of low-income Sacramento residents. Microchips are also available for just $10 per pet (cash only).

To qualify, owners must provide proof of residency within the city of Sacramento and proof of low-income status.

The clinic is available between 10 amd and 1pm on the third Sunday of each month.

SacCity Pets (Sacramento CITY only)

If you’re a low income pet owner in Sacramento City, you can have your pets spayed, neutered and/or vaccinated at a very low cost. For boundaries and financial limits, check their website.

Sacramento Area Animal Coalition

SAAC offers vet vouchers so that low income pet owners can afford spay and neuter surgeries. With the voucher, the surgery is just $10 per cat or $15 per dog!

1/31/2017 – The vouchers are currently limited to West Sacramento dogs whose owners earn receive public assistance OR earn less than $35k per year.


Get free or low-cost spay/neuter surgery from SSPCA! If you have a pit bull or pit bull mix, the procedure is entirely covered. Otherwise, see their low-cost fee schedule by clicking here.


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Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Is there a free clinic in Sacramento to see my dog she is little dog got bit by a American bitbull need to see a doctor please help me


Thursday 9th of December 2021

The organizations in our list should be able to help you with this, but unfortunately Low Income Relief does not provide gifts, food or funds directly. You will need to contact the organizations in this list for assistance or chat with Lira! She should be able to help,

Selena medrano

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

Hello my name is Selena and my dog named daddies is hurt I'm not sure what it is he has not went to the bathroom in 2 days so it could be his spine I went to a vet and they said to get rays would be 312 dollars and I tried to see if I qualify for care credit or any kind of credit but I was denied I have a little money but enough to have my dog seen please if there's any where that will help me and I can do payment plans please let me know I don't want to lose my daddies.

Riley Thomson

Thursday 19th of December 2019

Selena, Here is a list of low-cost veterinary resources. If you don't see your area listed, let us know so we can add it to our research list. Or try for more resources. I hope your puppy gets better soon! -Riley

Sherrie johnson

Tuesday 9th of July 2019

I have a 6 year old dog name sarahabell who needs medical attention now,I am on medi cal with disabilities and in a wheelchair and unable to walk.i have no income and living with a friend awaiting ssi this dog is my everything,I lost my precious mother to pancreatic cancer July 10th 2016 the dog was my moms dog but now belongs to me,she is a part of my mom and I need help with emergency care for Sarah, can someone please help me, I don’t want to lose my sarahabell thank you for letting me post

Riley Thomson

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Sherrie, I am so sorry to hear about Sarahbell! I hope she is ok. Here is a list of low-cost veterinary resources. Be sure to click on the links for more details. I hope this helps. -Riley

Sherrie johnson

Tuesday 9th of July 2019

I am in desperate need of help please. I have a dog her name is sarahbell and she is sick and I am in a wheelchair due to disability issues and unable to walk,I am on medi cal and have no finances to pay for treatment and I’m so worried that I can’t find a vet to help me.

Riley Thomson

Saturday 20th of July 2019

Sherrie, I'm so sorry to hear about Sarahbell! Here is a link to our low cost veterinary resources. Be sure to click on the links within the article for more details. You could also try for more resources in your area. I hope this helps and that your pup gets better soon. -Riley


Sunday 20th of January 2019

Hello! And thank you for your effort to bring this much needed information to those of us that need assistance to best help our pets remain healthy.

I reside in Sonoma County, CA. I have both a 75-80 lb BlackLab/GoldenRet cross; 10.5yrs, in good health, also a 20 lb cat, approx 10-12yrs also in good health. I am seeking assistance and/or resources available in my area that will assist with annual exam -required- to continue with prescription medications.

Both my dog and cat are scratching and chewing their fur off; scratching and licking skin into large open wounds (dog); my cat is scratching herself into hair loss, multiple wounds and has severe scabs over approx 1/2 of her body.

Both are in good health for their somewhat advanced age (dog is 10.5yrs, Cat is at least 10, maybe 12yrs), and normally receive regular veterinary care as needed. Unfortunately, my disability income no longer supports the cost of (even Frugal) living. I do not spend frivolously nor participate in costly activities.

The vet visit is almost $50 for one pet and $42 for the second. The Revolution which requires an Rx (for the Heartworm preventative), when purchased online is approx $90- $100 (depending on available sale pricing) for 3mo supply for both animals. I have previously used Advantage and Frontline with very POOR results; per the Veterinarian and my personal experience, that these two products are ineffective in our area, and do not provide the necessary protection for our pets.

Additionally, the medication for they need to heal their destroyed skin and wounds (Neo-Predef Powder) is +/- $20 for a 15gm bottle (online) and nearly double that price at the Veterinarian's office.

Overall, the cost is almost $200 of which I have none.

Is there help/assistance available anywhere in Northern CA that is able to provide assistance before this becomes a more serious and therefore expensive problem? I am able to provide any necessary information to assist with qualification as necessary.

Thank you for your time and dedication to helping others.


C.P. on behalf of Nova -dog and KiKi -cat, respectively.

Riley Thomson

Tuesday 5th of February 2019

Cat, This is everything we have for low income veterinary care. Several of the programs listed are nationwide. Be sure to follow the links for more information. I hope this helps. -Riley