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Tennessee Pets: 9 Affordable Vet Care Resources

Tennessee Pets: 9 Affordable Vet Care Resources

Money is tight nowadays, which can make finding free or low-cost veterinary care for your Tennessee pets a daunting and overwhelming experience. But never fear! We’re here to provide you with a cohesive list of Tennessee pet care resources that won’t break the bank.

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Spay and Neuter Services

Smith County Humane (Carthage)

Smith County Humane in Carthage is made up entirely of volunteers, according to their website. They’re dedicated to ensuring that your Tennessee pets are safely spayed and neutered. Here’s a brief snippet regarding their mission: “We help to spay and neuter animals with families on government assistance as well as families with an annual income of $32,000.00 or less.” Call (615) 735-7028 or click here for more information.

Animal Harbor (Winchester)

This facility works with the Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) to help you get reduced spay and neuter rates for your Tennessee pets. “The Franklin County Humane Society has a low-cost spay/neuter program for dogs and cats that belong to qualified low-income residents of Franklin County.” You can fill out an application directly on their website to see if you qualify for said reduced rates. Click here for the application. To speak to a human, you can call (931) 962-4472.

Sullivan County Humane Society (Kingsport)

Sullivan County Humane Society offers a Spay Neuter Impact Program (SNIP) specifically for low-income families with Tennessee pets. Here’s a brief description of spay and neuter fees through SNIP: “Recipients of a SNIP certificate can have their dog spayed or neutered for $25 or cat for $15 at participating veterinary clinics. The program is open to anyone who lives or works in Sullivan County, TN. Applications may be submitted electronically or via mail.” You can fill out an application here. Call (423) 247-1671 to learn more.

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Pet Food Banks/Pantries

H&L Rescue (Sevierville)

This pantry provides food for your Tennessee pets. The food-dispensing events are called “Critter Cupboard Distribution,” and you can peruse the calendar on H&L Rescue’s website that details upcoming distribution dates. Additionally, you can sign up for assistance with food, training, spay and neuter, vaccinations, and micro-chipping. However, food is more readily accessible in these times, while the rest may need to be scheduled at a later date due to high demand. Click here to sign up for food assistance. Call (865) 280-2147 for more info.

4 Paws Pantry (Chattanooga)

4 Paws “provides support to families in the way of pet food to allow them to keep their family pet. Working with animal shelters, veterinarians, and other community resources, 4 Paws identifies those in need, and assists them in determining if they are eligible for pet food donations.” They serve your Tennessee pets in the Hamilton county area. In addition, the site has a comprehensive breakdown of requirements for eligibility along with how much food can be distributed per household. Click here to complete an application. Call (423) 475-6342 to learn more.

New Leash on Life (Lebanon)

New Leash on Life boasts a wonderful “paw pantry” to provide low-income families with pet food. Here’s a brief description straight from the website: “The pantry program is a once a month pet food assistance program to help pet owners faced with financial hardship with dog or cat food to assure they can keep their pets in the home.” The site specifies that Wilson county residents take precedence.

That being said, they offer “no questions asked” assistance for your Tennessee pets the first time as long as food is available. However, beyond that they ask for proof of need, proof your pet is spayed/neutered, etc. Call (615) 444-1144 for more info or click here to browse New Leash on Life’s website.

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Veterinary Care Grants

Brown Dog Foundation, Inc.

This foundation offers financial assistance for general medical care regardless of where you live. Full disclosure: they do receive a high number of applicants every year, but they’re determined to “work with the Clinic and the Family to find the best, most affordable path to saving the pet.” Click here to apply for assistance for your Tennessee pets. You can also email the Brown Dog Foundation: [email protected]

The Mosby Foundation

The Mosby Foundation provides financial aid for your canine pals. They offer general care for your Tennessee pets. More specifically, they “assist in the care of critically sick, injured, abused, and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.” However, they do not cover diagnostics, testing, x-rays, etc. Click here to fill out the pre-qualification application for assistance.

Paws 4 A Cure

This organization is an all-volunteer nonprofit that’s “dedicated to helping families that are in need of non-routine veterinary financial assistance for their dog or cat.” You can only fill out the application on their website for assistance for your Tennessee pets — they do not accept requests via email, mail, or through their contact page. Additionally, they proffer a step-by-step process and guidelines for applying for aid. Click here to apply.

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Janelle miller

Thursday 31st of March 2022

I'm I'm Cumberland county but I'll go anywhere I need help my puppy is a year but his parvo my husband just satred his job today I spent our bill money just to get some meds for her but I need a clinic that will let me make payments and treat her in house he last job he had till 2/weeks ago. I just don't know where will take her on payments .pls


Tuesday 12th of April 2022

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

Debra Dugger

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

I need help now pls my dog is dying I think she caught parvo from my son's other puppies who dyed just yesterday now my boxer bulldog who is r but maybe 6 to 7 mo the old isn't wanting to eat or drink and is vomiting I called the vet and she said since the other puppies. Of parvo and it was 99% she there was no need to do a test that she probably contracted parvo so she said that she could treat her but it was going to cost me up to 2 to $500 just to be seen I need help with this money because I don't have it I don't have any kind of money like that I need help now so anybody in Morristown Tennessee that can help me with this please do so because I love this dog cuz she is my best friend and I do not want to lose her I'm begging anyone to help me just to find out where I can find some somebody some type of help to with money to get her sane please I'm begging begging!!!!

Hannah Benge

Thursday 8th of July 2021

We have these options for cheap vets but its harder to just get money. You can check here and you can read our article on seeing if the state owes you money. You can also try to do a go fund me if you think that might help! -Hannah


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

There isn't any free to low cost pet vets in gibson County tn.

Hannah Benge

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

We are so sorry! We've gathered all the resources we can. You can also check here -Hannah