Low income pet owners can struggle with the high costs of veterinary care, especially when emergency strikes or a pet is diagnosed with a serious illness. Fortunately, there are compassionate organizations that provide help for just this sort of thing.
Budkis Fund for Emergency Pet Care – (206) 817-4299
Low-income seniors who reside within the Puget Sound area (Lynnwood to Olympia) can receive emergency veterinary assistance, including medications, surgical procedures and euthanasia. Veterinarians must contact the Fund to apply for funding, so make sure to pass this information along to your vet!
Eligible clients must be age 62+ with an income that is $2,200 or less per individual (or $2,700 or less per couple). This fund aims to help seniors who do not have children or grandchildren in the home provide emergency treatment for their beloved companion pet. Life support and long-term care cannot be funded.
Community Pet Care Fund by The Humane Society – (253) 284-5857
Pierce County and Federal Way residents may be able to receive assistance with their veterinary costs. Proof of income is required. Please contact the agency for application instructions.
Concern for Animals – (360) 456-8176
Low-income pet owners who reside in Thurston, Lewis and Mason counties can contact Concern for Animals for assistance paying veterinary bills. Eligible clients must be low-income and the pets must already be spayed or neutered.
Jimmy’s Fund at the Kitsap Humane Society – (360) 692-6977 ext 3
Jimmy’s Fund can also provide assistance with vet care to residents of Kitsap County and certain areas of the Olympic Peninsula (including areas of Mason, Jefferson, and Pierce Counties).
Applicants do not necessarily have to be low-income but must demonstrate a need for assistance. These funds are reserved for special surgeries, emergency care, medicines and therapies. Please click this link to learn more about this program.
Olympic Mountain Pet Pals
Jefferson County residents can receive assistance with veterinary costs from Ginger’s Fund. To be served, pets must previously be spayed or neutered and owners must demonstrate a financial need. For more information, please click here.
Funds are disbursed at the discretion of the following participating veterinarians:
- Dr. Ginny Johnson and Dr. Cindy Alexander at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic. The clinic is located at 842 Ness’ Corner Rd in Port Hadlock WA. Please call (360) 385-2020 for an appointment.
- Dr. Jeff Highbarger at Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital. The clinic is located at 820 Chimacum Rd in Port Hadlock. Please call (360) 385-4488 for an appointment.
- Dr. Abbie Doll at Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, located at 1445 F St in Port Townsend. Call (360) 379-1133 for an appointment.
- Dr. Madelyn Curll at Oak Bay Animal Hospital, located at 975 Oak Bay Rd in Port Hadlock. Call (360) 385-7297 for more information.
PAWS of Bremerton – (360) 373-7043
Low-income residents of Kitsap and North Mason Counties can receive basic veterinary care for a substantial discount through the Medical Cost Assistance Program. Appointments are limited and may not be able to help in emergencies.
PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap – 1-888-558-PAWS
Low-income families can receive financial assistance with their veterinary bills. Please call for more information.
Value Pet Clinic – 253-201-0706
Value Pet Clinic has 6 locations in the Puget Sound area (and the Renton one is open 7 days a week!). They all offer very low pricing. In fact, their website promises to beat any competing price by 10%. You can also receive your first exam free.
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