8 Pet Assistance for Low-Income Families Ohio

Did you know that many communities in Ohio offer financial assistance for low-income families to cover the cost of pet care? While an overwhelming majority of people agree that pets are a benefit to the family, nearly 1/5 of all pet owners live at or below the poverty line. Here is some information about pet-related financial assistance and sites that offer resources for families, who need help providing for their pets.

Pet Assistance for Low-Income Families in Ohio

1. International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)

A non-profit, cross-disability organization representing people partnered with guide, hearing and service dogs. Their website includes several articles on assistance dog laws, as well as a section on funding, grants and loans. They also offer an e-newsletter to members.

If you are an individual with a disability who requires an assistance dog to fully participate in life, please visit our Assistance Dog Information page.

If you are looking for a specific assistance dog program or trainer, please visit our Assistance Dog Program Directory.


2. Brown Dog Foundation

Brown Dog Foundation was founded on the belief that no beloved family pet should ever be put down or suffer needlessly for lack of financial resources. The organization’s mission is to bridge this gap between what veterinary medicine can do and what a family can afford, giving their beloved pet a chance at living a happy life.

Through the generosity of our donors, the Brown Dog Foundation strives to provide funding to qualified applicants within 72 hours. We provide funding for pets in the United States only.

At the Brown Dog Foundation, we believe that pets are family members and their health and well-being should not be compromised when money is tight. Many families are faced with very difficult decisions when faced with high veterinary costs and limited means. For those who qualify, we do our best to bridge the gap between a family’s resources and their pet’s need for veterinary care.

The Brown Dog Foundation provides a one-time grant up to $1,000 per year per household for veterinary care for unexpected illnesses or injuries. The foundation does not fund routine checkups, flea/tick/heartworm medications, teeth cleaning, spay/neuter, or cosmetic procedures.


3. Dylan’s Heart

Dylan’s Hearts is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting families who are struggling financially with the necessary veterinary expenses for their animals. We provide a majority of the funds needed to cover necessary medical expenses for each animal. Families in need of assistance can visit our website and fill out an application for assistance. They will then be contacted by an organization representative to determine their eligibility.

Our efforts are focused on animals in need of critical care or emergency situations where the animal is immediately in danger without treatment. Medical decisions will be made based on the most favorable outcome for the animal and not on the financial distress of the animal’s caregiver. We have no restrictions on the type of companion animal included in our program. Our organization works with all companion animals and we are not restricted to a limited geographical area.


4. Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Programs

We provide financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companion with Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS), also referred to as Injection Site Sarcoma (ISS). We help pet parents pay for the cost of treating their pet’s cancer.

The FVEAP helps low-income families in the United States by providing veterinary financial assistance for pets with life-threatening illnesses or injuries as well as help to spay and neuter pets for families in need. We believe animals are family and should not be euthanized because their family cannot afford the high cost of veterinary care.

If your pet has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or has sustained a serious injury, and you cannot afford the treatment, you may qualify for financial assistance from FVEAP. All applicants must provide verification of income and complete an application process. Please note that we do not pay directly to veterinarians. You will receive funds by check to use on your vet bill.


5. Friends & Vets Helping Pets

Friends & Vets Helping Pets is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides assistance to low-income families in Ohio. We are an all-volunteer organization and we rely on the kindness of donations from individuals and businesses to help us continue our work. If you would like to donate money for us to help more pets, please click on the Donate button at the top of this page.

Friends & Vets Helping Pets was founded to assist families with financial limitations to pay for extraordinary veterinary expenses necessary to save a pet’s life. We hope to solve the problem of families being forced, unnecessarily, to euthanize a family pet solely because of cost restraints. FVHP staff works with both the veterinarian and the family to provide pets with the necessary medical treatment so they can live out their lives in a loving and caring environment.

The only requirements for qualifying for assistance are that your family income is at or below the federal poverty level, you reside in Ohio and your pet has been diagnosed by a licensed veterinarian as having a legitimate medical need requiring treatment.

We currently have no paid employees; therefore, 100% of all donations go towards helping our clients care for their pets.


6. The Magic Bullet Fund

Magic Bullet Fund is dedicated to helping pets who have been diagnosed with cancer and whose families are financially challenged. We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States.

We provide grants to assist low-income families with their pet’s cancer treatment at an accredited veterinary hospital or teaching facility.

The organization is completely run by volunteers and operates off of individual donations and fundraising events. Over the past ten years, Magic Bullet Fund has helped over 700 pets and their owners.

The application process may take some time so it is advised that you begin the process as soon as possible after your pet has been diagnosed with cancer.


7. Paws 4 a Cure

Paws 4 A Cure is a United States based all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance throughout the United States to those who cannot afford veterinary care for their beloved furry family members. Paws 4 A Cure helps dogs and cats with all illnesses and injuries. Paws 4 A Cure does not discriminate against breed, age, or diagnosis.

We rely solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about canine & feline companions.

Imagine not being able to pay for your dog or cat’s urgent veterinary care or maintenance medication because you had no money or not enough money.

We know this happens because we receive hundreds of applications for help every month from people in need. They are good people who love their companions, but they cannot afford the care they need.

We provide financial aid to pet owners with sick or injured pets ranging from minor injuries needing $30 worth of medicine to major injuries such as broken bones requiring surgeries costing many thousands of dollars.


8. The Pet Fund

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for pets and their people by providing financial assistance for veterinary care, public education about the benefits of responsible pet ownership, and supporting efforts that promote increased animal welfare.

The Pet Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or emergency vet visits.

The Pet Fund’s primary focus is on non-basic, non-emergency care. We work on cancer treatments, heart disease, endocrine disorders (thyroid disease, diabetes), kidney disease, and chronic conditions. We also assist with special cases such as bite wounds and feline acute respiratory syndrome (cold). In some cases, we even help with basic care such as vaccines when funds are available.

We are working with both research firms and universities to increase access to clinical trials for eligible pet owners whose animals may benefit from progressive research and new treatments. We look forward to sharing our new developments with you as well as updates about animals who were helped.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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