Veterinary Assistance Programs

Spay and Neuter Assistance

Low cost spay and neuter programs are provided through local veterinarins who are aware and concerned about the tragic consequences of unaltered animals and pet over-population. Cost can be as low as 1/5th of the prices quoted by unaffiliated vets. Spay and neuter prices are extremely variable. Shop around and find an experienced vet who will give you a reasonable price for surgery. Don’t be discouraged if you receive a quote of $500-$600 for a spay, you should be able to find a qualified vet who will perform the same surgery for under $200. Here is a list of local low-cost spay and neuter vets compiled by San Diego Animal Control

Veterinary Care Assistance

The following is a list of programs to assist both non-profits and low-income families with pet-related veterinary expenses. If you know of any others, please share it with us.Note: Many assistance programs use the federal poverty guidelines to determine eligibility. Here is the reference chart for 2014. Others require proof that your only income is government assistance.

National Programs

Financial assistance resources for rescues and shelters. A Program of The Humane Society of the United States.


Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance — funds are limited. Social Security or other government assistance required to qualify.


Detailed application process. Emergencies only. They require proof that you’re already on government assistance, want you to joing their group (free), and expect you to apply for Care Credit.

Petco Foundation

The PETCO Foundation dedicates its programs to serving the 4 R’s – Reduce, Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rejoice.

We encourage Applications for Support from any 501(c)(3) organization that shares our mission and fulfills one or more of the Four Rs. Organizations should be local and be able to enlist the support of their local PETCO store.

The Pet fund

Provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.

Red Rover

They help and also have huge list of assistance organizations, national and by state.

Here is a list of other financial assistance sites from AFRP (Animal Friendship Rescue Program.

Here is another list of links from PGAA (Pet Guardian Angels of America)

Regional and Local Programs
California Department of Social Services

The Assistance Dog Special Allowance (ADSA) Program provides a monthly payment of $50 to eligible persons who use a guide, signal, or service dog to help them with needs related to their physical disabilities. The allowance is to help pay the costs of food, grooming, and health care for the dogs. Must live in California.

Stamford Animal Rescue (STAR). STAR’s long term vision is to ensure that no Connecticut pet guardian will ever have to abandon their pet due to economic hardship. We provide financial assistance grants to pet owners who are unable to pay for veterinary care, free pet food for those who need it and we run monthly rescue pet adoption events in co-ordination with local shelters.
Wisconsin Humane Society

Individuals must be residents of Milwaukee or Ozaukee County and must qualify for subsidized services based on their income.