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New Jersey Pets: 9 Affordable Vet Care Resources

New Jersey Pets: 9 Affordable Vet Care Resources

The new year is in full swing and with it might come some financial challenges, especially given the calamitous state of 2020. Your New Jersey pets may be in dire need of care, but finding said care can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, we’ve got a list of free and low-cost New Jersey pet care resources for you and your furry loved ones!

Check out our list of 24+ resources for free or low-cost veterinary care!

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Spay and Neuter Services

State of New Jersey Department of Health Low Cost Spaying/Neutering Program (Statewide)

Calling all owners of New Jersey pets! You may be eligible for the State of New Jersey Department of Health’s spay/neuter program. Prices are as low as $10 and $20 at various participating hospitals across the state. The Department of Health’s website boasts a list of veterinary facilities that participate in the low-cost spay/neuter program. Additionally, the site has a list of prerequisites for those who qualify. Click here to learn more and see which clinics are involved.

Community Animal Hospital (Morris Plains)

You can get your New Jersey pets spayed/neutered for $10 at Community Animal Hospital if you receive food stamps, Medicaid, general public assistance, rental assistance, pharmaceutical assistance to aged and disabled, and more. In addition, if you’re a veteran you can show them your ID card. While the program isn’t explicitly mentioned on the hospital’s website, you can call (973) 267-4220 to learn more.

People for Animals Spay/Neuter Clinic (Hillside)

This clinic participates in New Jersey’s low-cost spay/neuter program. For $10, you can have your New Jersey pets spayed and neutered. Of course, you must provide proof of financial need such as food stamps and Medicaid. Additionally, you can get your pet spayed/neutered for $20 simply for being a New Jersey resident or adopting your furry loved one from an eligible licensed New Jersey shelter. Call (973) 282-0890 for more information.

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Pet Food Pantries/Banks

The Wuff House, Inc. (Hainesport)

This organization is dedicated to providing services for your New Jersey pets when you’ve fallen on financial hard times. Here’s part of their mission statement: “The Wuff House, Inc. is committed to providing domestic pets with the essential care that they deserve when their owners are unable to provide these resources due to temporary financial, medical or personal emergencies.”

They have a P.E.T.S. (Provide Essentials to Save) Mobile Food Pantry that offers food and essentials free of charge. For more information regarding the pantry location, click here. You can also call (609) 556-0906.

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center (Madison, Ledgewood, North Branch)

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center oversees a handful of adoption centers/clinics to serve your New Jersey pets. They boast a food bank that gives out dry and canned food, flea/tick preventative, leashes, collars, and toys.

“St. Hubert’s collects and organizes food and supplies in an ongoing effort to give pet parents who may be struggling financially a hand in providing the basics for their animal family members.  We distribute the goods at each partner location on a regular basis and stand ready to fulfill emergency needs between visits.”

Click here to learn more.

Animal Welfare Association (Voorhees)

The Camden County Pet Food Pantry seeks “to help Camden County residents keep pets in their homes by providing nutritional assistance to those in need. The only requirement is a need for assistance in providing food for a pet.” They’ve adapted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, notably in that food will be offered “daily in bins outside of the temporary Clinic Trailer.” You can click here for more information. You can also call (856) 424-2288 to speak to a human.

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Veterinary Care Grants/Resources

Vet-I-Care (Clarksburg)

You can apply for financial assistance for your New Jersey pets on Vet-I-Care’s website. “Vet-I-Care is currently accepting applications from New Jersey and its surrounding areas. The actual grant amount will be considered on an individual case basis and fund availability at the Vet-i-Care board’s discretion.”

Now, the site lists specific guidelines along with the application to determine your eligibility for funding. Besides the application, you’ll also need to send in proof of financial need. Click here to access the application. Or call (732) 213-1789.

Save U.S. Pets Foundation (Statewide)

While the name may seem a bit misleading, this is a foundation committed to providing assistance to owners of New Jersey pets who are struggling under the weight of financial hardship. It’s worth noting that only veterinarians of participating hospitals can apply for funding, not recipients. Vets can submit a request on your behalf. Click here to view a list of participating veterinarians in New Jersey. Click here check out Save U.S. Pets Foundation’s website to learn more.

BooTiki Fund (Cherry Hill)

The BooTiki Fund is a 501c3 public charity dedicated to serving your New Jersey pets by offering financial assistance. The site lists prerequisites for funding, such as your pet must have a specific diagnosis and your furry loved one must have “the prospect of recovering fully.” Additionally, you must supply proof of need. You can click here to apply for assistance. You can also send them an email at [email protected] with any inquiries you have.

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Aida canales

Monday 24th of October 2022

My pet has a severe respiratory problem but I don’t have the money for vet

Catherine Marucci

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Hi Aida. If the above resources aren't helpful in your case, it may be worth calling 211 or your local Humane Society to see if either knows about additional programs in your area for help with vet bills.

Terry Pritchett

Thursday 29th of September 2022

I live in Pennsauken NJ were can I go near me to get my female dog 6 months Neutering. I m on disability social security

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 29th of September 2022

Hi Terry. Call your local Humane Society. They should know where to find local free and low-cost spaying and neutering.

Joanne Mano

Thursday 1st of September 2022

I have a cat who has been acting different and stays in liter box crying but can’t poop. He eats everything he finds too

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 1st of September 2022

Hi Joanne. It's probably a good idea to get him to a vet. You can try calling the agencies above or contact a local vet directly to see if there are any discounts they can offer.

Tami Halloran

Wednesday 17th of August 2022

I have a 7 year old French bulldog The vet sent me a list of shots she needs and a heart worm test. I can't afford to take her to the Vet for these things. The Vet is in Rockaway, NJ Is there any where I can get some help with this? I would hate to have her get sick by not having these shots and test. I am on SSDI every month. I don't recieve enough from them to even pay my rent now. I am on the list for section 8 to try and get some help to pay my rent before they lock me out. I have been disabled for 22 years so I can't even try to work. I thank you for any help or information you can give me. God bless you.

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 18th of August 2022

Hi Tami. If the resources above can't help, it may be worth calling 211 to see if they can suggest anything else.

Nancy Miller

Thursday 19th of May 2022

Mycat needs fluid s and has a ear infection and bad teeth iam on a fix income but I don't want my cat to suffer how much will this cost


Friday 20th of May 2022

Low Income Relief is an information service and does not provide cash or items directly. You will need to search our website for information about organizations that can help you meet those needs. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!