HELP, My Pet is Sick and I Have No Money!!! Financial Aid and Help
and More for Pet Owners
Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
The worst feeling is when you love your pet more than words can say and they become ill. To make matters worse, there is medical help but it will cost more than you can afford. I have been in the situation more than once but luckily, I did have resources and credit cards to take care of the high cost of helping my pets. My heart goes out to those that are less fortunate than I. The guilt of not being able to take care of one’s pet is a horrible experience. I hope that anyone reading this has never been in that situation. I wrote this to help if you are or if you know someone who is in need of help.
Heartbreaking Situation – a pet owner is unable to afford treatment and their sick or injured companion animal pays the price. If the owner is homeless, a veteran, elderly, disabled or on a fixed income, the cost of care may be too much. Perhaps they have been victimized by crime, property loss or a job layoff and are experiencing a temporary financial hardship or trauma in their life, making it too difficult to afford pet care. And some animals, brought to clinics by kind hearted people, don’t have an owner to pay for treatment. Whatever the situation, the fact remains the same: When sick or injured animals are unable to receive veterinary care, they suffer.
Here is a list of organizations that are set up to help.If you know of an organization not on this list, please contact me via email at Profpetsit@aol.com
Keep in mind, that these organizations may require certain things from you. They may need to know why you need help, may require financial proof, etc. Please do not take this personally, they just want to help those in need and want to be able to stretch their funds the farthest. Each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:
DONATIONS to any of these organizations will help them continue their great work and help many more animals.
Click below for the list of
Organizations in NH
- Your Veterinarian – check with your veterinarian. Some Animal Hospitals have funds that have been donated for such a purpose. If your veterinarian has a fund, please let us know.
Shelters in NH
help with pet food, temporary foster program
- Concord-Merrimack County SPCA: Penacook
- help with pet food, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care
- Manchester Animal Shelter: Manchester
- Help with pet food
- Low cost Spay/neuter clinic For owned cats and rabbits
- Free Spay/neuter for PitBulls & Pit Mixes for Manchester Residents
- New Hampshire Humane Society: Laconia
- help with pet food, spay/neuter assistance
- Upper Valley Humane Society: Enfield
- Help with spay/neuter assistance
Other NH Organizations
- Helping People, Helping Pets
- Helping People, Helping Pets is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides access to veterinary care, pet medications, and pet food assistance to loving pet owners who are experiencing financial difficulty and are at risk of losing their pets.
- Serving the counties of Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford
- All Better Pets – Manchester, NH
- All Better Pets was established in 2010, with a mission to provide care for abandoned and homeless pets (however,They helped a dog Molly in 2013 who got hit by a plow and broke all 4 limbs. The owner brought her to the clinic, so you may need to ask for this assistance) . In 2012, All Better Pets officially became a 501(c)3 non-profit. To date, All Better Pets has ‘mended’ and placed over 200 animals through its facility and helped hundreds of animals working through other organizations.
- Handicapped Pets Foundation helps pet owners with financial support for wheelchairs for their pets. Accepted applicants are posted on the website and receive donations for individuals and organizations. The organization also runs events and fund-raising drives to benefit animals in need.
- Care Credit – www.carecredit.com
CareCredit, the leader in patient financing, has helped more than 3 million clients get treatment or procedures they needed and wanted. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget. This can be used for any health care for your PETS OR for YOU. This is used like a credit card for pet care, or people’s dental and health care. You can submit an application online anytime, to have it there just in case you need it or get answers in minutes if you are at a hospital.
- IMOM – http://www.imom.org Mission Statement: Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
- The Pet Fund – http://thepetfund.com/ The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association 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. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.”
- RedRover Relief – http://www.redrover.org/relief RedRover Relief provides financial assistance grants and additional resources so pet owners and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care. Visit www.redrover.org/grants for eligibility requirements and application. RedRover also offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets. To learn more about this program, visit www.redrover.org/domestic.
- The Onyx & Breezy Foundation lends funding and support to pets of individuals where medical hardship is present – Spay and neuter programs – Rescue of animals from kill shelters – Food, medicine and supplies – Cancer Research – Medicine and equipment for military and police canines – Equipment for medical facilities – Puppy mill rescues and disaster relief – Shelters, rescues, foster groups and sanctuaries – Pets of individuals where medical hardship is present – Other endeavors that benefit the welfare of animals
- Paws 4 A Cure – The mission of Paws 4 A Cure is to provide financial assistance for canine and feline owners who cannot afford veterinary care for their beloved furry family members otherwise.
- Roses Fund – provide financial assistance for canine and feline owners who cannot afford veterinary care
- Shakespeare Animal Fund – provide financial assistance for canine and feline owners who cannot afford veterinary care
- Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP) – http://fveap.org/
People who are on assistance, Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, rescuers – The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten caretakers who are unable to afford veterinary services.
- Cats in Crisis – help for owners with cats who are special needs – This fund is CLOSED as of March 16, 2015
- Diabetic Cats in Need – We help diabetic cats and their people. We support diabetic cats in their original, adoptive, shelter, and rescue homes; help to rehome unwanted diabetic cats; and help to educate caregivers on the appropriate treatment of diabetic cats.
- Becky’s Gift Equine Relief, 877-723-2597
- Facebook Page, Est. 2010
- Help with short term assistance for food and care for equines
- Special Needs Dobermans – http://www.doberman911.org Doberman 911 is dedicated to senior and special needs Dobermans. This help could be financial, informational or moral support for owners.
- Dachshunds Needing IVD Surgery – http://members.rushmore.com/~dds/applyforhelp.htm
- Labrador Lifeline – http://www.labradorlifeline.org/application1/fund.html
- LabMed: Rx For Rescued Labs – http://www.labmed.org/aid_main.html
- Diabetic Help – Pet Diabetes – for diabetic animals in need
- The Big Hearts Fund -financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease
- Brown Dog Foundation -prescription medication help
- The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund – We work directly with veterinarians to help needy families get treatment for their cats and dogs suffering from cancer. The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund – fighting cancer one dog at a time
- Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation – Helping owners with animals who are fighting cancer
- Magic Bullet Fund – Help for dogs with cancer
- Mosby Foundation – Help for dogs with cancer
- Reidel and Cody Foundation – help for dogs with cancer
- Pet Food Stamps – The Pet Food Stamps program, a registered NY State 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation available throughout the United States, has been created to fill the void in the United States Food Stamp program which excludes the purchase of pet food. In these rough economic times, many pet owners are forced to abandon their beloved pet to the ASPCA, North Shore Animal League or other animal shelters due to the inability to pay for their basic food supply and care. There are over 50 million Americans who currently receive Food Stamps, many with dogs or cats, who simply cannot afford to feed their animals, and these cherished companions are dropped off at animal shelters where they will most likely be put to sleep. Many people are also forced to choose between feeding their pets or themselves. A recent New York Times article states that “animal shelters have reported a steep rise in the number of cats and dogs being surrendered as owners face unemployment, home foreclosures, evictions and other financial hardships.” As more families struggle with difficult choices like paying the rent or buying food, some have to choose between keeping their pet and putting food on the table.. Seven million pets are surrendered to shelters each year due to the inability of pet parents to pay for food, with four million of those pets put to sleep. The Pet Food Stamps program aims to eliminate the needless death of these loving pets and keep families together.
PET FOOD AND VETERINARY HELP FOR THE HOMELESS
- Pets of the Homeless (pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless). Pets of the Homeless is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides pet food and veterinary care to the homeless in local communities across the United States and Canada.
- Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet© is a national all-volunteer 501(c)3 Military and Veteran Support Organization assisting active duty service members, wounded warriors, veterans, and their beloved companion animals or assistance service canines through various assistance programs. These programs include: the Military and Veteran Pet Foster Home Program, Military Pet Assistance fund, and the Warriors’ Angels Program (TX only). Unless stated otherwise programs are available in all 50 states and all Branches of Service including National Guard and Reserves.
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About the Owner/Author
Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional. She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History.
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH. Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook page, Google+ page and more. They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.
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