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24+ Resources for Free or Low Cost Veterinary Care

24+ Resources for Free or Low Cost Veterinary Care

If you are looking for low cost veterinary care for your beloved companion animal, we’ve found help!

Veterinary care expenses can overwhelm a small budget and make it impossible to get adequate care for your furry friends.

Fortunately, we’ve found a lot of agencies can help you tackle those costly veterinary care expenses and get the care your fur-baby needs.

Get low cost veterinary services with help from these agencies.

There are several agencies that may be able to help you lower your veterinary costs. Of course, the amount they can contribute may vary depending on funding so we encourage you to reach out to as many agencies as possible.

AVMF’s Veterinary Care Charitable Fund

AVMF’s Veterinary Care Charitable Fund provides funds to partner veterinary clinics, so that those clinics can provide free and low cost veterinary care. You can only access these funds through a participating veterinarian, who must apply on your behalf.

Veterinary clinics and hospitals that partner with the AVMF can offer free and low cost veterinary services to clients who cannot afford veterinary care. The intention of this program is to help low-income people avoid euthanizing or surrendering their beloved pets. Ask your local veterinarian if they are an AVMF partner – if so, they can request these funds on your behalf.

If you approach AVMF directly, this is the message you will receive:

“Please note, the AVMF does not provide direct funding to individual pet owners. We recommend asking your veterinarian if they are an AVMA member. If so, they may be eligible to be considered for grant funding for cases related to domestic abuse and COVID-19. However, the clinic is free to decide if they can take on the work load. Many clinics are overwhelmed with cases. If you are unable to find the help you need, we encourage you to contact your local humane society or animal shelter as they may be the most familiar with organizations that offer low-cost or free services within your area.”

Brown Dog Foundation

This small, volunteer foundation receives many more requests than it can reasonably fill. However, they do prioritize donations to pets whose lives are in literal danger. For more information, including application instructions, please click here.

Canine Cancer Awareness

This agency provides financial assistance for veterinary care of dogs with cancer. Please click here for more information, including an application.

Cooper’s Legacy Foundation

Washington and Idaho families with companion dogs and cats who require treatment may be able to receive funds from this organization. To be eligible, pets must be licensed and up-to-date on vaccinations. Owners will need to submit proof of denial from Care Credit or a similar agency. Complete a preliminary application online at this link.

Funds from Cooper’s Legacy Foundation are not available for diagnostic testing and cannot be used for a pre-existing condition (an issue that you knew about when you obtained the pet). The foundation also does not pay for spay/neuter services, initial exams, vaccinations, euthanasia or non-veterinary care.

Dylan’s Hearts

Funding for low cost veterinary help is reviewed on a case-by-case basis for low-income pet owners and their pets. Proof of financial need and a documented diagnosis/treatment plan are required for services. Veterinarians must complete the application on behalf of their clients, so be sure to refer your veterinarian to the Dylan’s Hearts website. Please visit this link for more information, including an application.

Frankie’s Friends

Pets with life-threatening conditions who have a good prognosis of returning to health may be able to receive assistance from Frankie’s Friends when funding is available. You may receive a grant of up to $500 to assist with your beloved pet’s veterinary costs. For more information, including qualification requirements and application instructions, please click here.  

Friends and Vets Helping Pets

This agency provides assistance to individuals and families whose income is equal to or less than 200% of the federal poverty guideline.  All applicants must demonstrate financial need. You will be expected to contribute financially, but their contributions ensure that it’s still low cost veterinary care. To learn more about eligibility and the application process, please click here.

Handicapped Pets Foundation

This agency provides mobility equipment grants to elderly, disabled and special needs animals whose owners can’t afford it. Approved applicants will receive a notice within 10 days of submitting an application.

Harley’s Hope Foundation

Pets with low-income owners can receive financial assistance for their treatments. These funds are offered for major or emergency care, behavioral or specialty training. In order to qualify, pets must already have a diagnosis, treatment plan and a fair-to-good prognosis of recovery.

Hope Mending Hearts

Pet owners and rescuers may be able to receive a grant of up to $200 from Hope Mending Hearts. Decisions are based on funding, eligibility, financial need and medical urgency. Typically, you will receive an email response within two business days.

Ian Somerhalder Foundation

Rescued pets may be able to receive up to $1,000 to assist with recovery from traumatic injuries, abuse or neglect.

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners

United States IAADP Partner Members who have an adult hearing, guide or service dog may be eligible for a grant to help with veterinary costs. These grants must be applied for by the veterinarian. It is important to realize that members who apply themselves will not be eligible for a grant!

Magic Bullet Fund

Dogs with cancer diagnoses may be eligible for assistance from the Magic Bullet Fund. It is important to realize that funds can only be used for the first course of treatment and cannot be used for palliative care or euthanasia. Dogs must meet certain requirements, including both age and weight limits.

Mosby Foundation

This agency only serves dogs that have already been spayed or neutered. It is important to realize that they do not assist with emergencies nor do they reimburse already-paid bills. Funding is limited and can only be granted once per household. Pledged funds expire after 60 days if unused. Click here for a pre-qualification screening.

Onyx & Breezy Foundation

In addition to a diagnosis, you will also have to provide a prognosis and cost estimate to receive help from the Onyx and Breezy Foundation. They must also provide a tax return and a Care Credit denial letter.

Paws 4 A Cure

This organization may provide up to $500 for urgent veterinary needs. In order to qualify, you must read the entire guidelines and policies document, complete the online application, and add their email address to your address book.

Pet Fund

If you cannot afford care, the Pet Fund may be able to help you obtain low cost veterinary care. Your pet must need something that is not urgent and not basic. They will assist with cancer treatments and chronic conditions, but they will not help with broken limbs. There is typically a wait list for assistance. For more information, including an application, click here.

Pet Assistance, Inc.

If you’ve taken good care of your pet for a while but can’t afford a current medical problem, Pet Assistance Inc. may be able to help. Grants are only available for urgent or life-threatening problems. The pet must have a good prognosis of recovery. At least, this agency can provide money-saving advice, referrals and guidance!

When you email [email protected] for help, be sure to include your name, address, phone number, photo of your pet, summary and vet estimate! The photo may be used in newsletters or on the website.

Pit Bulls Against Misinformation

Pit Bulls Against Misinformation serves all dogs, regardless of breed! It is important to realize that dogs must have a good prognosis (70% or better chance of survival). Owners must be receiving government assistance or have a Care Credit denial to qualify for the grant. For more information, including eligibility, grant limits and application instructions, please click here.


This pet community loans wheelchairs to especially to disabled pets.  You need to message their Facebook page in order to apply, or call 727.639.9285 between 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Red Rover Relief

You can get financial assistance, emotional support and resources from Red Rover Relief! They serve “pet guardians” who are struggling financially while their pets are struggling medically. They provide grants, usually around $200, under those circumstances. Applications are processed online so a response is usually sent via email within two business days.

RedRover Relief also offers a comprehensive list of organizations that may be able to help you.

Riedel & Cody Fund

The Riedel and Cody Fund only provides funding for chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Veterinary Care Foundation

If your veterinarian is affiliated with Veterinary Care Foundation, then they can request funds for you! If your veterinarian isn’t a VCF partner, then you could encourage them to check out the website for more membership information.

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You can save a lot of money by taking a written pet prescription to your local pharmacy instead of filling it at the veterinary office. With FluffyRX, you can save even more money!

This program is free to use and can help you save money on your pet’s prescriptions. Just download the FluffyRX app and activate it with the Group ID “LowIncomeRelief.”

In order to be totally clear,  this is not free pet insurance. It’s just a prescription discount card for pets, to help you find low cost veterinary medicine!

Get help now!

Our friends at JustAnswer may be able to answer your veterinary questions. You won’t even need to leave the comfort of your home!

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State and local agencies offer even more low cost veterinary help!

If you need help, then please select select your area from the list below! Of course, you can leave us a comment and let us know if we haven’t researched your area yet!





























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Nicole is the owner and lead researcher for Low Income Relief. She has over 20 years of professional research and writing experience, and she has been solely dedicated to investigating low income topics for the last 10 years. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more. Her work has also been featured by Google for Publishers and other leading industry publications.


Monday 3rd of July 2023

Hello my dog had a fall on Friday, June 30, if I break a hind leg occupies an operation that costs me around 5mil and 8mil we do not have that money we are low-income family we occupy someone who can operate it as soon as possible and does not charge much we are concerned about your health and we do not want to lose what who can help me is in the state of tacoma wa

Catherine Marucci

Wednesday 5th of July 2023

Hi. Definitely look into the resources listed above. You can also call 211 or your local Humane Society for more advice on low-cost pet care and assistance with paying veterinary bills.


Sunday 18th of June 2023

Hi, I'm Warren County NY, living on Social Security Disability and I thankfully qualify for SNAP and LIHEAP. My family consists of 8 cats. They are indoor kitties but, somehow, we got fleas. I have an effective room spray of mint and eugenol, diatomaceous Earth and a nifty electric louse comb for human children that works on fleas too. With all the vacuuming, spraying and brushing I can keep the infestation low but not zero. Drops on the back of their necks is best. The good flea treatment is so expensive and the inexpensive stuff can be dangerous and even deadly to kitties.

In your research, if you ever come across a bulk discount of Revolution or Advantix Plus or something equally as effective, would you please let me know?


Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

I'm currently in the ICU diagnosed with an extremely extremely extremely rare blood disorder that has required me to basically not be able to leave the hospital. I'm given transfusions sometimes multiple times a day to ensure that I don't bleed to death but the treatment has not worked. I have 2 small fur babies that a friend has been feeding and watering them but I know doesn't play with them or anything. I'm looking at spending 99 days in the hospital as of right now and I need assistance with the dogs for a temporary long term ish care solution preferably out of my home. Any advice?

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 23rd of February 2023

Hi Amber. It may be worth calling 211 or your local Humane Society to see if they know of any no-kill shelters, pet fostering programs, or other options in your area.


Monday 20th of February 2023

I am trying to find a place to take my puppy that is 4 months that has no shots yet she is very sick has been throwing up for the past 2 days now and hasn't ate only drink a little bit of water maybe less than half a bowl yesterday night I am trying to find a place to take her to get seen for free please help

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 23rd of February 2023

Hi Necia. If the above resources cannot help, it may be worth calling 211 or your local Humane Society to see if they know of any programs in your area that can help with veterinary costs. - Cat

Kim Blashock

Thursday 1st of December 2022

I need veteranarians advice about all these stray cats I've been feeding around my house that have cold symptoms.

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 1st of December 2022

Hi Kim. If you have already tried contacting the organizations listed above, it may be worth calling 211 or a local rescue to see what else they can suggest.