We’ve found cheap vets in Lubbock, as well as some great resources for free pet food, pet boarding and more! If you need financial assistance with your pet care costs, these resources can help.
In this article, we’re going to discuss all of the resources we’ve found that can help you with your pet care costs in the Lubbock area. Don’t forget to check out our list of nationwide pet care grants as well!
Not all veterinary care providers charge the same amount for their services. There are many providers who choose to donate their time and talents to help pets at a low cost vet clinic.
Low-cost veterinary providers tend to offer specific affordable services. It’s important to review the information carefully before making an appointment.
Humane Society of West Texas
Low income pet owners in the Lubbock area can get low-cost microchipping from the Humane Society of West Texas. This service costs $25 and includes the microchipping procedure and registration of your information. This one-time fee will protect your pet for a lifetime.
There are three ways to reach the Humane Society of West Texas:
This provider only offers microchipping and feral spay/neuter services.
The PETS Clinic offers low cost services for dogs and cats in Amarillo and Lubbock. Low income pet owners can make an appointment or walk-in for affordable preventative wellness services.
The services offered at the Lubbock location include:
- Flea & tick treatments
- Heartworm meds
- Nail trimming
- Spay & Neuter
- Vet exams
The prices are very low but the good veterinarians at PETS Clinic know that sometimes even the cheapest service is too much for low income families to afford. In their quest to be one of the best cheap vets in Lubbock, they also offer discounted fees or fee waivers when funding is available.
In order to get free or discounted care, you will need to provide photo ID and proof that you participate in a government assistance program. Qualifying assistance programs may include:
- Public Housing
- Section 8
Financial Assistance for Veterinary Care
There are other options for assistance with your pets in this area, as well.
Haven Hope for Animals Fund
The Haven Hope for Animals Fund provides vouchers for discounted spay and neuter services. Each voucher will list how much the fund will pay toward the service. If the service costs more than the voucher will pay, the pet owner is responsible to pay the difference.
Joseph Thomas Foundation
The Joseph Thomas Foundation provides financial assistance to families who have a medically fragile child. The financial assistance could theoretically be used to help cover the veterinary costs of that child’s service animal. However, the funds cannot be used to cover expenses already paid. Funds are only awarded for purchases that haven’t been made yet.
In order to be eligible, the child must be under age 21 and experience severe limitations to one or more major life activities due to a mental or physical impairment. The impairment could be genetic or the result of an accident, injury or disease. You must also meet income limits and other restrictions.
In order to apply for financial assistance from the Joseph Thomas Foundation, you will need to fill out this form and send it to the organization.
Lubbock Meals on Wheels Pet Program
The Lubbock Meals on Wheels Pet Program primarily focuses on providing free pet food to low income seniors, as described below. However, their website also indicates that they are able to assist with limited veterinary care expense assistance and even boarding for those who need it.
If you are currently receiving Meals on Wheels, please contact this organization to see if they can help you with your pet’s veterinary expenses.
Free Pet Food
Many studies have shown that low income pet owners tend to skimp on their own needs in order to provide for their furry companions. Since pet food is so expensive, many community organizations have prioritized providing assistance with pet food as well.
Please contact the following organizations to find help with pet food near Lubbock.
Helping Each Other With Pet Food in Lubbock
If you use Facebook, there is a group dedicated to helping pet owners in Lubbock find pet food when they need it. This group is public and was currently active at the time of this publication.
In order to join this group, you will need to find them on Facebook and click the blue “join group” button. You will also need to agree to the group rules, which include rules about kindness and respect.
Lubbock Animal Shelter Helping Paws
The Lubbock Animal Shelter has a Helping Paws program for homeless pet owners near Lubbock. This program provides free pet food, pet toys and blankets to eligible animals. It isn’t entirely clear but it appears that this program only operates seasonally in December.
However, if you contact the Animal Shelter they may be able to refer you to organizations that are able to assist year-round.
Lubbock Meals on Wheels Pet Program
Over 400 dogs and cats receive their monthly food from the Lubbock Meals on Wheels Pet Program! This program specifically provides dry dog and cat food to people who are already receiving Meals on Wheels but can’t afford to feed their pets.
In order to be eligible for Meals on Wheels, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be homebound (or require assistance to leave your home).
- You must be unable to prepare well-balanced meals consistently.
- You usually need to show that you don’t have anyone available to make meals for you (such as someone who lives with you, although there are exceptions to this rule).
If you think you are eligible, you can enroll in Meals on Wheels by calling (806) 792-7971 or by completing their online application.
In this article, we’ve listed all of the cheap vets in Lubbock, as well as other resources that can help you with your pet care costs. Oher resources include free pet food, financial assistance and more for low income pet owners. Follow the advice in this article to reach out to these agencies and get the help you need for your precious pet.