Finding low-cost care for your South Carolina pets can be equal parts frustrating and daunting, especially given the current state of affairs. The world is embroiled in a viral pandemic, so there’s that extra factor of fear. But not to worry, friends! Below, you can peruse our cohesive list of affordable pet care facilities in South Carolina.
Spay and Neuter Services
Animal Advocates of Barnwell County (Barnwell)
Animal Advocates of Barnwell County is committed to providing low-cost/no-cost spay and neuter surgeries for your South Carolina pets. For dogs, you’ll only have to pay $40. For cat spaying, the price is $30. For cat neutering, the cost is $15.
“The Animal Advocates offers a low cost/no-cost spay/neuter service to the residents of our county. The service is subject to income eligibility and availability of funds at a reduced cost. This service is offered as part of the solution to the pet overpopulation problem in the area.
Applications and information regarding these programs are available at our Pick of The Litter Shoppe and The Friends For Life Foster Center. Stop by or call for more information.”
Click here for more information. You can also call (803) 259-5483.
Laurens County Humane Society (Clinton)
This humane society in Clinton boasts a spay/neuter subsidy program for your South Carolina pets. You must show proof of government assistance and financial need i.e. Medicaid cards, EBT, Social Security, and Disability statements. Laurens County Humane Society understands just how much COVID-19 has zapped our financial resources. Go here to fill out an application. Head over here to read more about the subsidy program.
Oconee Humane Society (Seneca)
Oconee Humane Society has a S.N.A.C. program (Spay/Neuter Assistance Coalition) for your South Carolina pets. This program aids in covering the cost of spay and neuter surgeries for lower-income residents. Here’s a brief description of how much you’ll pay based on your financial status:
“Pet owners qualifying for this program will pay sliding scale co-payments based on the income of their household. Pet owners at 100% of poverty would have a co-pay of $10; those over 100% and up to 150% of poverty would have $20 co-pay; while pet owners 150% up to 200% of poverty pay $30.”
Mosey on over here to learn more. You can also call (864) 882-4719 to speak with a human.
Pet Food Banks/Pantries
Pet Helpers (Charleston and Lowcountry)
The Pet Helpers facility in Charleston offers a food bank for owners struggling with financial hardship and their South Carolina pets. They help “keep companion animals in a loving home and prevent their surrender to the shelter system by supplying families with pet food in times of hardship.” For more information regarding distribution dates and hours, click here. Call (843) 795-1110 to get those questions answered.
Pet Helpers also cultivated Levi’s Legacy to “ensure that responsible pet guardians have care within their reach.” Its aim is to provide financial assistance to low-income families with South Carolina pets.
“Levi’s Legacy will provide needed financial assistance to pet owners when their pet is facing an illness or possible medical emergency, and the family is unable to afford veterinary care on their own. Levi’s Legacy will provide grants up to $250* towards medical treatment with additional funds awarded on a case-by-case basis (certain exclusions apply). Grants are awarded based on availability of funds.”
Click here to learn more.
Pawmetto Lifeline (Columbia)
Pawmetto Lifeline boasts an excellent pet food pantry in Columbia. Its purpose is to provide free pet food to South Carolina pets in the Midlands area. “By providing families in need with resources to feed their pet, it decreases the amount of animals surrendered to the local animal shelters.” Go here to peruse Pawmetto’s website and find out more about the pet food pantry. Head over here to download and complete an application for access to the said pantry.
Dorchester Paws (Summerville)
This pet food pantry provides free food to South Carolina pets who need it. Dorchester Paws can offer food up to twice per month per recipient. To qualify, you must have a valid ID and proof of government assistance i.e. Medicaid, EBT, Disability, etc.
“We will provide food up to twice per month. The recipient will be allowed to be in the program for 6 months only. If your situation changes and you no longer require assistance, please let us know so we are able to assist another family. Once a recipient has completed his/her allotted time, a waiting period of 6 months will be needed before you can reapply.”
Learn more about this great program here.
Veterinary Care Grants/Assistance
Broken Tails (Beaufort County)
This organization offers financial aid to Beaufort County residents and their South Carolina pets. You must have exhausted all other avenues of funding such as applying for Care Credit, Scratch Pay, etc. The typical grant amount is $100 to $250. Additionally, you must provide proof of need, your furry loved one’s diagnosis/prognosis, a total estimate of the bill, and more. Click here to read the guidelines and find out how to apply for the grant.
Wateree Animal Hospital (Statewide)
The Winnie Health Care Endowment via Wateree Animal Hospital was established in 2001. Named after Winnie, a “lovable black cocker spaniel who started life homeless”, its objective is to provide funding for South Carolina pets in need of treatment. The organization gives “financial assistance for qualified families who can’t afford the recommended emergency treatments for their favorite companions.” Go here for more information.