The worst part of being a pet owner is when your furry friends get sick. Most often, this is unexpected and for low-income families, the burden of vet bills can be unaffordable.
Thankfully, there are many charities and organizations that offer financial help towards the payment or reduction of vet bills for households on a low income or receiving state benefits.
US Charities and Organisations
In the US there are several sources, including fundraising, charities and grants. Here, we have listed the 3 most helpful options.
1. Free Funder
This is a website similar to charitable fundraising sites. Anyone can create their own free fundraising page and Free Funder will donate up to $70 depending on shares of your page.
All you need to do is provide some basic information and details of your pet’s illness. Your fundraising page is instantly shareable on all social media platforms to reach as many people as possible.
2. Magic Bullet Fund
This organization is focused on pets who have been diagnosed with cancer. Magic Bullet Fund provides financial assistance to owners who can show that a veterinarian has assessed their pet and given a cancer diagnosis.
They will create a fundraising page on your behalf and any money raised is sent directly to your vet.
3. Paws 4 A Cure
This non-profit organization offers grants of up to $500 towards bills for approved treatments. They do not offer financial assistance for basic care such as spaying or neutering.
UK Charities and Organisations
In the UK there are many charitable sources offering financial assistance for owners in need. Here are our top 3 suggestions.
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals is a charity running animal clinics throughout the UK. They offer subsidized or free treatment for pet owners in receipt of benefits such as housing benefit or income support.
5. Dog’s Trust
This is a rehoming charity with centers right across the country. As well as rehoming dogs, they also run the Hope Project, for pet owners who are homeless. They offer free flea and worming treatments, microchipping and neutering. They may also cover essential medication or emergency treatment.
6. Blue Cross
In England and Wales, the Blue Cross offers financial support for low-income families, provided they live within the catchment area of its animal clinics. Support is means-tested to ensure people receive the appropriate level of help.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has put significant strain on veterinary hospitals, charities and non-profit organizations are still doing all they can to help animals in need.
Nobody ever wants to see their pet sick or injured and pet insurance is too expensive for many people. These charities offer a lifeline when it is needed most to ensure that pets receive the care they deserve.