Vet Bill Assistance

Sometimes tough times hit. We could all use a little help now and then. If you’re in need of financial assistance, look into some of the resources below!


Here’s an article from the HSUS on what to do if you’re having trouble with vet bills.

This is a wonderful page from Best Friends with a ton of valuable information!

Organizations to contact for help:

Assistance Dog United Campaign – help for those that need assistance dogs but cannot raise the funds to do so.

The Big Hearts Fund – for dogs and cats with heart disease

Diabetic Cats in Need– for those in shelters, in foster homes or with low-income owners

The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund – for defraying treatment expenses

Frankie’s Friends – for emergency and specialty care

Handicapped Pets Foundation – for mobility equipment such as wheelchairs

Labrador Life Line – for medical treatment or other special needs of labs

The Mosby Foundation – for sick, abused or neglected dogs

Onyx and Breezy Foundation – for medical equipment, treatment, food and medications

Paws 4 A Cure– for non-routine vet care of cats and dogs

Pets-DC – for pets belonging to people with HIV/AIDS in Washington DC

Shakespeare Animal Fund – for emergency care

Brown Dog Foundation  –  for emergency care

Canine Cancer Awareness  – *** they are temporarily suspending their financial assistance applications

Care Credit  – credit card to help pay for your family’s healthcare expenses – including pets

Extend Credit  – Veterinary credit plans

Fairy Dog Parents – so no dog has to be surrendered

The Magic Bullet Fund – Canine cancer

The Pet Fund –  provides financial assistance to owners who need help paying for veterinary care

Red Rover  – Red Rover Relief program helps with urgent and emergency veterinary care

Illinois specific organizations:

PAWS Chicago –

CARE Center, Urbana –

Illinois Pet Food Banks


Pet Food Corner –  The mission of the Pet Food Corner is to assist unemployed and underemployed families who have trouble feeding and caring for their beloved pets. Pet Supply distribution occurs on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. C.A.R.E. and other local organizations support this area of the pantry with food and supply donations!

3801 North Keeler Avenue
Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: 773-283-6296 or toll-free: 800-521-7560
Fax: 773-283-5945


The PAWS Chicago Pet Food Bank provides emergency assistance to families facing unemployment, foreclosure, or other financial crises, thus enabling them to keep their pets. We provide pet food and pet supplies, such as cat litter, leashes, collars, cat carriers, and litter boxes until the family is able to provide these necessities on their own. In addition, owners can receive a voucher for free spay/neuter surgeries for their pet.


(If you notice any resources that are not up to date, please let me know!)


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