Medical care expenses are among the biggest contributors to the overall costs of pet guardianship.
In 2020, pet veterinary costs made up 30% of the more than $103B that Americans spent on their pets. Pet medical care is second only to pet food costs.
Pets for Patriots partners with veterinary practices to provide high quality, discounted care to veterans who adopt through our program. We cannot help with pet veterinary costs for members of the general public or veterans who did not adopt through our program, without exception.
Click the name of each organization listed below for more information about available assistance and criteria to apply. We are not able to reply to individual comments on this post asking for help; please refer to the list below.
Pays for routine veterinary care and equipment for veterans’ service dogs; exclusions apply.
Provides financial assistance to qualifying service members E-6 ranks and below, and non-active veterans on an individual basis. Individuals can apply for grants for routine and emergency care, as well as for costs related to PCS travel with pets.
Helps with the treatment of emergency and specialty medical conditions where the pet would otherwise suffer, be euthanized, or relinquished without proper veterinary care. Grants capped at $1,000 per pet/household.
Programs offering financial assistance for critical care, cancer treatment, and spay/neuter, respectively.
Provides assistance grants for life-threatening or urgent veterinary needs for pets who have a promising outcome. Offers grants to help pets of domestic violence victims be sheltered or housed safely.
Provides financial aid for pets who need non-basic, non-urgent care.
Offers a listing of resources by state and breed, as well as for individuals who are disabled or have assistance animals.
Helps shelters, rescues, and individuals pay medical bills of homeless pets. After medical care, each pet is teamed with a therapy dog for emotional healing.
Provides a listing of organizations that provide financial assistance for veterinary care, organized by state/national, disease, breed, and other factors.
Listing provides both national and state-by-state listing of various organizations, funds, etc. for low/no-cost veterinary care.
Offers payment plans for individuals who need help with various types of bills, including veterinary care.
Offers charitable veterinary services to individuals facing personal hardships, as well as a means to support animals who are injured or rescued from abuse and neglect. Requests for support must come directly licensed AVMA veterinarians. A new Wetterberg Foundation Grant for Veterans is available for up to requests up to $1,000 made by AVMA veterinarians who are treating veterans’ companion dogs or professionally trained service animals.
Donates mobility equipment to pets in need.
Helps pay for canine cancer treatment only.
Support and financial assistance for pets with cancer.
Helps San Diego pet guardians with the cost of emergency veterinary care.
Provides food and emergency medical care to the pets of homeless individuals. Searchable state-by-state directory of assistance locations.
Pet-focused crowdfunding site that works directly with treating veterinarians.
These teaching hospitals often have programs that provide limited low-cost veterinary care to the public.
Ask your pet’s treating veterinarian if there are any projects or odd jobs for which they need assistance. If you have the skills to help, find out if you can barter in exchange for all or part of your pet’s medical bill.
You may have skills in light construction, customer service, or computer technology or programming that are valuable to your veterinarian’s practice. Perhaps they need an extra hand to clean their clinic, make deliveries, or other valuable tasks.
Plan for the unexpected
Pets for Patriots members are eligible to receive a 15% discount from Petplan, rated America’s number one pet insurance provider and the exclusive pet insurance sponsor of our charity.
You might choose to insure your pet, set aside medical funds in your family budget to help with pet veterinary costs – or both. Always have a financial plan to care for your pet’s veterinary needs.