Providing vet care is an essential part of pet ownership, but medical emergencies can come up at any time and the cost of caring for your companion animal can add up quickly. We get calls nearly every day from distraught pet owners needing help with vet bills. While Great Dane Rescue Inc. does not have funding available for individuals needing financial assistance for their pets, we have provided links to several programs that do help pet owners cover emergency medical expenses and other lifesaving medical treatment.
We also encourage pet owners to plan ahead by enrolling their animals in one of the many pet insurance programs available that can cover major medical expenses for a small monthly fee.
Give Forward - https://www.giveforward.com/ (This is via gofundme)
is an online fundraising tool that provides an easy way for friends and family to contribute and help ease the financial burden.
The Pet Fund - www.thepetfund.com
is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.
Red Rover Relief - https://redrover.org/
program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations.
The Farley Foundation - www.farleyfoundation.org
(Ontario, Canada) assists people in need by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for their sick/injured pets.
Care Credit - www.carecredit.com
is a no-interest payment plan for veterinary care.
Magic Bullet Fund - www.themagicbulletfund.org
helps the families who can't afford cancer treatment costs for their pets.
Brown Dog Foundation - https://www.browndogfoundation.org/
Brown Dog Foundation, Inc is a public charity that provides funds to cover veterinary expenses. You can apply for help online, but like some other charities, they only help with pending bills, not ones you’ve already paid yourself.
Location / Region(s) Served: Applicants must live in the U.S.
Frankie's Friends - https://www.frankiesfriends.org/apply-for-assistance-3
Frankie’s Friends provides financial assistance grants to family owned pets in need of lifesaving emergency or specialty veterinary care whose caregivers cannot afford the full cost of treatment.
Friends & Vets In Need - https://friendsandvetshelpingpets.org/initial-qualification-form/
assists cash-strapped pet owners facing vet bills. You can apply online for a grant as well as seek a Friends & Vets Helping Pets-partnered veterinarian in your community.
Paws 4 A Cure - https://www.paws4acure.org/askforhelp.php
Paws 4 A Cure is an all-volunteer charitable organization that may help with surprise veterinary bills for pet owners in need. You need to apply for assistance online using your veterinarian’s diagnosis and estimated invoice for consideration.
Veterinary Care Charitable Fund - https://www.vccfund.org/
Veterinary Care Charitable Fund is a donation-funded charity that covers vet costs for pet owners in need. Unlike some other programs, your vet must apply for your aid using the group’s website. Your vet must also be enrolled in the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund’s program.
Bow Wow Buddies Foundation - https://www.bowwowbuddies.com/
is a non-profit organization offering veterinary expense relief for pets in serious need. Intended for emergency situations like severe injury or illness, you can apply for this assistance online.
Help-A-Pet - https://www.help-a-pet.org/
offers financial assistance for the treatment of canine injury or illness. An income-qualified assistance program, you must have an annual household income of less than $40,000 for a family (or personally make less than $20,000 a year) to receive this help. You can apply via mail using the application form and instructions on their site.