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Free and cheap veterinary care near Providence, RI

Free and cheap veterinary care near Providence, RI

For many people, their pet is the lifeline that keeps them from depression and loneliness. Elderly and disabled people are especially vulnerable, and they often lack the money to properly care for their animals. Low-income pet owners who have given a dog or cat a home sometimes need assistance with vet fees and food for their pets. These organizations in Rhode Island offer help to pet owners in need.


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Pet Help near Providence RI

Pets in Need Veterinary Clinic


The clinic provides wellness examinations, health care, surgical procedures and spay/neuter services for all breeds of cats and dogs. Pets in Need also provides diagnostic services including x-rays and pet dental care. These services are exclusively for disabled, elderly and low-income residents of Rhode Island. Any pet owner that receives aid from a state or federal program will qualify.

Criteria include:


  1. Pet owner is a resident of Rhode Island.
  2. Income is at or below 150% of the poverty level, or pet owner is a recipient of state/federal aid.
  3. Documentation is required.

RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation

The foundation gives grants to low-income, elderly and disabled residents of Rhode Island for necessary veterinary care for all dog and cat breeds. Each veterinarian belonging to the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA) receive an annual grant which pays for an allocated number of free treatments and services. Vouchers are issued to pet owners to use at the facilities.

Criteria include:

  1. Pet owner is a resident of Rhode Island.
  2. Income is at or below 150% of the poverty level, or pet owner is a recipient of state/federal aid.
  3. Documentation is required.

Hands that Heal Rhode Island

Low-cost immunizations and short or long-term emergency care are subsidized by Hands that Heal. The non-profit organization assists elderly and low-income people in finding low-cost pet care and obtaining pet food. The fund is for all dog and cat breeds.

Criteria include:

  1. Be the owner of the pet.
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Obtain approval for each service your pet receives.
  4. Fill out a financial need application.

Marvin Fund


This is a charitable organization that helps with medical costs for pets of elderly and disabled owners who can’t afford treatment for their animals. Funds are administered by the Rhode Island SPCA to help with food, shelter and medical care for cats and dogs in need.

For eligibility requirements, call RISPCA director Dr. E.J. Finocchio at (401) 438-8150, x1.

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Friday 22nd of April 2022

My male cat has a major problem with a smelly left ear. Fluid of a dark brown almost drying is surrounding the inner left ear with a fowl odor. Possible ear infection ?? Don’t know how long its been there. Need help desperately 🥹


Tuesday 26th of April 2022

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

Eleanor DeLuca

Wednesday 16th of January 2019

I have been taking care of three feral cats for years. They are now housebroken and friendly. They stay in the house most of the time. One is the Mama cat who has to be approx 16 years old. Lately she eats and has a bowel movement within 15/20 minutes. She is urinated and still seems normal but now we notice her stomach is bloated. First is was a little now it is getting worse. We called places and they either want $200 minimum for a check up and x ray or they are asking us to wait 3 weeks or more. I cannot afford $200 I am not sure she can handle this for three weeks. Is there anything you can do for her>

Riley Thomson

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Eleanor, I'm so sorry to hear that! We are a website that connects low income families with local resources. You will have to contact any of the programs listed on our low income veterinary page to see if they can assist you. I hope this helps. -Riley

Frank Carter

Saturday 19th of May 2018

I am 100% disability VA doing treatments for cancer Vietnam agent orange. I have a kitten I think it has up Bladder infection?

Dennis Tabella

Sunday 26th of August 2018

Frank, Defenders of Animals, Inc., in Rhode Island has special funds set aside for Vietnam Veterans. Please contact them at 401-461-1922.


Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Hi, Frank! Here are all the nationwide agencies that I know of that can assist with veterinary expenses. In addition, you may be able to find more resources if you contact your local DAV office or other VSO, because sometimes they know about other resources that aren't listed elsewhere. I hope this helps!