Foundations that help people with animal medical bills

Owning a pet is a rewarding experience for people who enjoy the companionship, love and entertainment their pets provide them. Unfortunately, unforeseen veterinary bills can often get pet owners in financial trouble. Certain foundations and non-profit organisations offer financial assistance to pet owners who cannot afford their veterinary bills.

The Pet Fund

The Pet Fund is a non-profit association that provides pet owners with assistance in paying for animal medical care. The Pet Fund helps cover non-basic, non-emergency animal medical costs. To apply, pet owners must call the association and speak with a member of staff, then visit The Pet Fund's website and fill out the online application. Applicants must provide proof of income, a copy of a written estimate for the treatment and the veterinarian's contact information.

The Pet Fund

2747 14th St.

Sacramento, CA 95818


Angels 4 Animals

Angels 4 Animals is a California-based non-profit organisation dedicated to financially assisting American pet owners with medical bills. Their goals include helping pet owners make important decisions based on their animals' health needs rather than on their financial situations. Angels 4 Animals works with veterinary clinics to verify claims and come to a financial agreement. Angels 4 Animals then assist with the costs of veterinary treatment. Contact the organisation for financial assistance.

Angels 4 Animals

3941 Park Drive

Suite 20-135

El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program

The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program helps cat owners cover veterinary expenses for both non-emergency and emergency situations. Cat owners can download the application form online and either mail or fax the completed form to the organisation. The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program works directly with the cat's veterinarian to arrange payment. Owners can qualify for financial aid if they are a recipient of Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, disability benefits or unemployment benefits.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program

1641 Elizabeth Lane

Yuba City, CA 95993

Fax: 888-301-4264

American Animal Hospital Association Helping Pets Fund

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) launched the Helping Pets Fund in 2005 with the aim of helping sick animals whose owners cannot afford quality veterinary care. The AAHA Helping Pets Fund also works with veterinary practices that care for stray animals with no known owner. Those wishing to apply for assistance from the AAHA Helping Pets Fund must do so through their veterinary practice, since the organisation only deals with AAHA-accredited veterinary practices.

American Animal Hospital Association

12575 West Bayaud Ave.

Lakewood, CO 80228


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Writing since 2009, Catherine Hiles is a British writer currently living Stateside. Her articles appear on websites covering topics in animal health and training, lifestyle and more. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Chester in the United Kingdom.