Searching for free or low-cost vet care for your Virginia pets may seem like an insurmountable obstacle. As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on our wallets, affordable options appear as though they’re increasingly scant. But never fear! We’ve got a list of wonderful Virginia pet care resources for your furry loved ones.
Spay and Neuter Services
Amelia Patrons for Animal Welfare (Amelia)
Amelia Patrons for Animal Welfare or APAW offers a spay and neuter program for low-income residents of Amelia county. Friskie’s Fund Program ensures that your Virginia pets can be spayed and neutered for $25 with proof of financial need. No additional veterinary fees required. You can fill out the form on their website to see if you qualify. Click here to complete said form and browse their site.
Bath Animal Welfare Foundation (Hot Springs)
This foundation realizes just how expensive it can be to spay and neuter your Virginia pets. That’s why they offer free spay/neuter procedures to residents of Bath county in need of financial assistance.
“… BAWF offers free spay/neuter procedures to pet owners in Bath County in need of assistance as well as free spay/neuter procedures to all cats and dogs adopted from the Bath County Animal Control. We believe in spay and neutering as both an effective and humane way to save animals’ lives.” Click here to learn more or call (540) 839-8666.
Smyth County Humane Society (Marion)
Smyth County Humane Society offers spay/neuter assistance for incomed-qualified folks with Virginia pets. Get the scoop straight from Smyth County’s website:
“Smyth County Humane Society offers monetary assistance to income-qualified Smyth County residents whose pets need to be spayed or neutered. SCHS coordinates van transportation twice a month to Margaret B. Mitchell Clinic Spay/Neuter Clinic in Bristol.” While the site hasn’t updated its fees since 2019, it looks like you won’t pay more than $20 if you’re eligible for assistance. Click here to fill out the application. You can also call (276) 780-7702 for more information.
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Pet Food Banks/Pantries
Angels of Assisi (Roanoke)
Angels of Assisi offers free pet food for your Virginia pets. “Angels of Assisi provides free pet food for dogs and cats to help pet owners facing financial hardships. Pet food is available while supplies last. Pet owners can stop by the Community Pet Clinic opened daily between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm for assistance.” You may call (540) 344-8707 to learn more.
Humane Society of Fairfax County (Fairfax)
This humane society boasts a pet food pantry called “Ani-Meals Program.” The objective? Provide low-income families with food and pet care items. Humane Society of Fairfax County’s website has an application you can fill out along with a FAQ section. Give your Virginia pets the sustenance they need despite your financial hardship. Click here to find the Ani-Meals Program application or call (703) 385-7387 for more info.
Virginia Beach SPCA (Virginia Beach)
Virginia Beach SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has a pet food pantry for your Virginia pets among many other offerings. On their site, they have a breakdown of guidelines (you must be 18 years of age, proof of financial need, etc.). In order to be considered for pet food assistance, you must fill out an application at Virginia Beach SPCA’s shelter. Click here for the pet pantry guidelines. You can also call (757) 427-0070 to speak with a human.
Veterinary Care Grants/Assistance
Animal Care Assistance Program (Louisa)
This program is a 501c3 organization that “offers funding to low-income and disadvantaged populations in central Virginia who cannot otherwise afford pet care including veterinary services and medications for their companion animals.” Besides funding for veterinary care, ACAP also offers pet food on an emergency basis, flea/tick medications, dewormers, and heartworm preventatives for your Virginia pets. Click here to apply for assistance or call (540) 850-2680 to learn more.
Companion Animal Resource Effort (Waterford)
The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services has the CARE Program in place for your Virginia pets. Their goal is to provide “assistance to residents of Loudoun County who are temporarily unable to afford to provide veterinary care for their beloved companion animals. The program strives to preserve the bond between owners and their companion animals by providing temporary financial assistance with the goal of keeping pets in loving homes.”
The application boasts CARE Program guidelines and a step-by-step process as you’re reviewed for eligibility. Click here to fill out the application. Here’s their office number: (703) 777-0406.
VET Fund (Central Virginia)
The Veterinary Emergency Treatment (VET) Fund was founded “to help prevent pain, suffering, and euthanasia of animals due to financial constraints.” Since this is a smaller organization, the site lists which cities for which they can provide financial aid. You can apply directly to the VET Fund’s website. Click here to apply for funding for your Virginia pets. Note: you’ll need to upload verification of your annual income or proof of enrollment in federal or state assistance programs.