This past year has been difficult for so many people — especially pet owners. You may feel it’s nigh on impossible to find low-cost or free care for your North Carolina pets. But there’s always hope. Below, you can peruse our comprehensive list of excellent North Carolina pet care facilities that’ll provide you with affordable solutions.
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Spay and Neuter Services
This facility offers what’s called “The $20 Fix Program.” Said program “offers financial assistance for low-income families in Alamance County and Orange County to spay or neuter their dogs and cats. You may qualify by income or assistance. Complete the application below and attach your qualifying document. You must be a resident of Orange or Alamance County to be eligible for this program.”
You can apply to see if you’re eligible directly on AnimalKind’s website. Should you qualify for assistance, you’ll pay no more than $20 to spay/neuter your North Carolina pets. Click here to fill out an application. Call (919) 870-1660 for more information.
Chatham County Animal Resources (Pittsboro)
Chatham County’s official website boasts a low-cost spay and neuter program for your North Carolina pets. You can obtain vouchers for only $20 that can be utilized at participating vet clinics. Of course, you must be a resident to qualify. Click here to learn more. You can also head over here to fill out the application.
Sandhills Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic (Vass)
This veterinary clinic offers S.N.A.P. (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) for Moore county residents and their North Carolina pets. Here’s a brief description from their website:
“The SNAP program is designed specifically for Moore County residents whom receive government financial assistance such as; WIC, Food Stamps, Section 8 housing, or Medicaid. In order to qualify for SNAP you will need to provide proof of the assistance, be approved by SNVC prior to your appointment, be over 18 years of age and certify you live in Moore County NC.”
Now, the site specifies that pricing is subsidized by Moore county through a statewide program to “promote spaying and neutering.” Click here to read more. You can apply for assistance here.
Pet Food Banks/Pantries
The Animal Protection Society of Durham (Durham)
This organization provides resources aplenty to owners and their North Carolina pets, particularly by way of their pet food assistance program.
“In order to fulfill our mission of providing care to animals in need and services to all pet owners in the community, Animal Protection Society of Durham has been gathering pet food to assist those facing financial hardship at this time. Please click on the link below to complete the form if you are in need of assistance with providing food for your pet due to loss of income from the COVID-19 crisis.
Please note, you must live in Durham County and your application does not guarantee assistance. Pet food will be distributed to Durham County residents as available.”
Head over here to fill out an application for assistance. Call (919) 560-0640 for more info regarding the pet food pantry.
Humane Society of Piedmont (Greensboro)
The Humane Society of Piedmont boasts a pet pantry called “Fill the Bowl Food Assistance Program.” Their goal is to ensure that you can keep your North Carolina pets amid financially turbulent times. “HSP provides pet food to the Salvation Army of High Point food pantry and Greensboro Urban Ministry Food Pantry. You may go to those food banks to receive pet food assistance.”
Click here to learn more. You can also call (336) 299-3060 for more information.
Friends of Madison County Animals (Marshall)
This program through Friends of Madison County Animals (FOMCA) is available for owners who are financially unable to feed their North Carolina pets. The website makes note of specific days/times wherein free pet food is available.
“Pantry hours are any time during normal business hours 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday & Wednesday; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday. We partner with Manna Food Bank in Asheville, NC who supply us with most of our pet food to be donated.” Go here to get the lowdown. Call (828) 649-9798 to speak with a human.
Veterinary Care Grants/Assistance
Fur-Ever Friends of North Carolina (Statewide)
Rico’s Fund with Fur-Ever Friends of North Carolina was initially created to provide assistance for a retired K-9 officer named Rico. Rico was stricken with severe bone cancer. Unfortunately, he passed on, but the organization continues to aid North Carolina pets with severe illnesses and injuries.
Please bear in mind the following: “All requests are evaluated based on need in order to help as many animals as possible.” If you’d like to request financial assistance via Rico’s Fund, click here. In addition, you can contact Fur-Ever Friends here with general inquiries.
Friendship Animal Hospital (Pineville)
Friendship Animal Hospital in Pineville is dedicated to providing new clients with extremely low-cost services. In fact, you could receive 50 percent off a new patient exam for your North Carolina pets. Normally, said exam would be valued at $30. They vow that your furry friend will receive a “complete nose-to-tail physical exam” for 50 percent off. Learn more here. You can also call (704) 889-7387 to reserve a spot.
The Sergei Foundation (Statewide)
This foundation primarily funds general veterinary care including diagnostic testing and emergency veterinary care. Emergency care recipients may receive up to $1,000 for “life-threatening accidents or illnesses.” The main prerequisites for eligibility include you and your North Carolina pets residing in state, your pets having been under your care for at least six months, and your furry loved ones are “forever pets.” Meaning, no fosters or strays.
You can go here to apply for financial aid.
Coalition for Humane Treatment of Animals (Statewide)
The Coalition for Humane Treatment of Animals is a 501c3 North Carolina non-profit, all-volunteer animal welfare organization. They can provide financial assistance for your North Carolina pets’ medical needs. “CHTA offers financial help for spay/neuter and medical issues as our funds allow. Clients must financially qualify and there are limits as to the amount and frequency of help available.”
While the site doesn’t specify the amount of aid you may receive, you can head over here to contact them via email with your queries. You can call (910) 253-2088 to speak with a human.
Friday 23rd of September 2022
Hello, we currently have 3 dogs (a puppy while my daughter is out of state and another dog the owner asked us to dog sit while on vacation and abandoned the dog soon after) one of the 3 dogs had fleas now all 3 have them bad what can we do I can't afford to take 1 dog to the vet let alone 3 dogs.
Friday 23rd of September 2022
Hi Tammy. If you haven't had success with the options above, it may be worth calling 211 to see what else they can suggest.
Friday 9th of September 2022
My dog has2 big lumps on her back leg that looklike cists. One is trying to drain. I want to take her to vet ,but im sure they will have to be removed, and im on a fixed income.please help.
Friday 9th of September 2022
Hi Darin. If the above resources aren’t helpful in your area, it may be worth reaching out and calling 211 to see if there is anything else they can suggest.
Lisa Rae Lord
Tuesday 2nd of August 2022
Hello my name is Lisa. I currently rescued a pit bull abandoned puppy I'm mentally and physically disabled . Well fighting for it still about 1 year left . How can I ensure that Ginseng 6 weeks old stays healthy and I can get him the vaccinations he needs in 2 weeks ????
Tuesday 2nd of August 2022
Hi Lisa. Your local Humane Society may know about low or no-cost vaccine options in your area. There's also more information about vet care in this article >>> https://lowincomerelief.com/looking-for-free-or-low-cost-veterinary-care/
Thursday 17th of March 2022
My yorkie is my service dog. She has breast cancer and heart failure. She is doing well at the present but will need surgery to remove the lumps on her breast. Where can I find help with low or reduce cost. Your information will be very helpful.
Thursday 31st of March 2022
Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help! https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/
Tuesday 1st of February 2022
My dog keeps getting coughing and gagging spells and he gets weak and has no energy at all but I can’t afford vet care right now
Thursday 10th of February 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! https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/