Free and cheap veterinary care near Providence, RI

(Last Updated On: January 1, 2019)

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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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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    May 19, 2018
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    January 16, 2019
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      January 17, 2019

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