Susie Spector Foundation Resource Directory
If your pet is in need of veterinary care and you are not financially able to provide that care, there are several organizations that offer financial grants to assist with medical expenses. A partial list of resources can be found below. Also below are some tips on how you, yourself, can raise necessary funds to help pay for your pet’s medical expenses. See our “Fundraising Tips” below.
Note: The listing of groups, clinics and organizations below does not in any way imply endorsement of those entities by the Susie Spector Foundation. Please contact us if you know of an organization to add to this list, or if an organization no longer exists and/or provides assistance so we can update this page.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS | CALIFORNIA | ILLNESS SPECIFIC | ASSISTANCE DOGS | BREED-SPECIFIC | FUNDRAISING TIPS
American Humane: Their Second Chance Fund offers qualified rescue organizations financial assistance in treating animal victims of abuse or neglect.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Offers animal welfare grants to U.S. based non-profit animal welfare groups, offers low cost spay/neuter clinics and education programs (click link for full details).
American Veterinary Charitable Fund: Based in Illinois, offers financial assistance to participating veterinarians so they may offer low or no-cost care to pet owners including, but not limited to, those with service animals, Good Samaritan rescuers and victims and their pets who have suffered domestic abuse, violence or neglect.
Banfield Charitable Trust HOPE Funds: Based in Oregon, offers financial assistance to pet owners in need who are clients of participating Banfield Pet Hospitals, assistance varies from clinic to clinic.
Brown Dog Foundation: Offers financial assistance for life-sustaining prescription medications in life-threatening situations only (click link for pre-qualification details).
Dylan’s Hearts: Based in North Carolina, offers financial assistance to low income pet owners in medical emergencies, offers assistance in euthanasia decisions, offers financial assistance for spay/neuter, application must be submitted by veterinary office.
Frankie’s Friends: Offers financial assistance in life-threatening situations in which the animal’s prognosis is good. Currently active in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington.
Friends & Vets Helping Pets: Offers financial assistance to low income pet owners to pay for extraordinary veterinary expenses necessary to save a pet’s life (click link for details and forms).
The Gift of Sunshine: Based in Pennsylvania, their Gandalf Fund offers financial assistance to working or retired service dogs in the event of a catastrophic illness or injury.
Grey Muzzle Organization: Based in North Carolina, offers funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide to care for and treat senior dogs.
Hope Mending Hearts Foundation: Based in Missouri, offers financial assistance grants to pet owners, Good Samaritans and rescuers in order to care for animals who need urgent veterinary care, tools for pet owners struggling with economic hardship and resources for victims of domestic violence and deploying soldiers (click link for details).
Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) – Emergency Medical Care Grant for Animals: Offers financial assistance to public and private rescue organizations, shelters and qualified individual rescuers for urgent, non-routine veterinary care due to abuse and neglect for recently rescued animals.
IMOM: Based in New Jersey, offers spay/neuter assistance for dogs and cats with an emphasis on feral cat colonies.
The Mosby Fund: Based in Virginia, offers financial assistance to critically ill, injured and abused dogs.
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation: Based in New York, offers financial assistance to qualified rescue organizations for spay/neuter, food, medicine, supplies, also offers assistance to military and police canines.
Paws 4 A Cure: Offers financial assistance to individuals and families only, not organizations, for non-routine, emergency animal care.
Pet Assistance, Inc.: Offers financial assistance to individuals, not organizations, for non-routine, emergency medical pet care, rehomes senior animals.
The Pet Fund: Based in California, offers financial assistance to pet owners in need.
Pets of the Homeless: Based in Nevada, offers pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless.
Pit Bulls Against Misinformation: For dogs only, not breed specific, offers financial assistance for non-routine emergency medical care, spay/neuter, euthanasia assistance.
RedRover Relief: Based in California, offers grants for emergency veterinary care and to pet owners who are victims of domestic abuse.
The Riedel & Cody Fund: Based in Connecticut, offers grants for medical care plus a national database of grant opportunities for pet owners in need.
Rose’s Fund: Based in New Jersey, offers financial assistance for treatable conditions in pets.
Shakespeare Animal Fund: Based in Nevada, offers grants for treatable emergency pet care.
Top Dog Foundation “Bentley Grant”: Based in Minnesota, offers medical assistance grants for senior dogs age 10 and over, offers permanent shelter for dogs deemed un-adoptable.
Veterinary Care Foundation: Offers financial assistance to Foundation member veterinary clinics to help with free and discounted services offered to low income clients, application must be submitted by member veterinarian.
The ACME Foundation: Offers veterinary care assistance for senior and disabled pet owners.
Actors and Others for Animals: Offers pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care.
Amanda Foundation: Offers free spay/neuter for eligible pet owners.
ASPCA South Los Angeles Spay/Neuter Clinic: Offers free spay/neuter for animals located in South Los Angeles.
Animal Assistance League of Orange County: Offers referrals for low-cost spay/neuter clinics.
Animal Health Foundation: Based in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, offers “Angel Fund” financial assistance to low income pet owners and pets requiring emergency, non-elective care, offers annual financial awards for seniors or permanently disabled pet owners in need, also offers veterinary care for wildlife and following disasters.
AnimalSave: Based in Green Valley, offers pet food, spay/neuter assistance.
BirchBark Foundation: Available to residents of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, offers financial assistance to pet owners in need, also offers a list of member veterinary hospitals with whom they work.
Cats in Need (of Human Care): Based in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, offers spay/neuter assistance for cats.
The Chester Foundation: Based in Sacramento, offers veterinary care assistance for strays and disadvantaged owners.
The Community Foundation: Based in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, offers financial assistance to low income seniors (65 and older) for emergency care, euthanasia and foster care.
FACE Foundation: Based in San Diego, offers grant assistance for pets in need of emergency or critical care.
FixNation: Based in Los Angeles, offers spay/neuter assistance for homeless stray and feral cats.
Friends of Long Beach Animals: Offers spay/neuter assistance.
Haven Humane Society: Based in Redding, offers low-cost spay/neuter, pet food assistance, emergency veterinary grants for residents receiving Medi-Cal or Medicare.
Helen Woodward Animal Center Animeals Program: Based in San Diego County, provides free pet food for the dogs and cats of elderly or disabled people.
Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley: Offers low-cost spay/neuter, animal advocacy and cruelty investigations.
Keep Your Pet: Based in Sacramento, offers behavior assistance, veterinary care assistance, services for seniors (DOMESTIC ABUSE ASSISTANCE, CONDITION-SPECIFIC ASSISTANCE, BROAD TOPICS).
LA Animal Services: City of Los Angeles; spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance.
Lake Tahoe Humane Society: Access resource information through the “Services” link or call 530/542-2857.
Lifeline 4 Paws: Offers emergency medical assistance for qualified rescue organizations that have a non-profit 501-(c) (3) status.
Marin Humane Society: Based in Novato, offers pet care assistance to low-income seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS and those receiving hospice services.
Mercy Crusade’s Spay and Neuter Clinic: Based in Oxnard, offers spay/neuter and vaccination assistance.
Mojave Desert Animal Rescue: Offers pet food & supplies and veterinary assistance for homeless, unemployed, disabled, and senior pet guardians.
Mountains’ Humane Society: Based in Lake Arrowhead, offers pet food, spay/neuter assistance.
Napa Humane: Offers spay/neuter assistance.
Ohlone Humane Society Special Assistance Program: Based in the Bay Area, offers veterinary care assistance, pet food, spay/neuter assistance, and companion animal assistance.
Orange County SPCA Animal Rescue Fund: Offers assistance for veterinary care including spay/neuter, as well as an animal safe house and rescue fund.
Palo Alto Humane Society: Offers spay/neuter assistance, assistance and emergency veterinary care.
PALS: Based in Guerneville, offers veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners, focusing on AIDS patients.
Pasadena Humane Society: Offers spay/neuter assistance.
Paws in Need: Covering Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton, offers funding assistance for necessary one-time urgent medical treatment of community animals and spay/neuter (feral, stray, or owned) in the Tri-valley and surrounding areas.
PAWS/LA: Based in Hollywood, offers pet food and supplies, veterinary medical care assistance, grooming, spay/neuter, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners.
PAWS San Diego: Partnered with San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, offers food assistance for low income pet owners as well as links to the above organizations. (Click link for details)
PAWS San Francisco: Offers veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners.
Peninsula CatWorks: Based in Palo Alto, offers veterinary care assistance for cats only.
PETaluma Pet Pals: Offers spay/neuter coupons and financial support for one time vet emergency care.
Pet Assistance Foundation: Multiple Locations in Southern California, offers spay/neuter assistance for dogs, cats, and rabbits.
Pet Orphans of Southern California: Based in Van Nuys, offers low cost veterinary care assistance.
The Pet Rescue Center’s Pet Pantry: Based in Orange County, offers pet food, litter, and flea treatments for unemployed, senior, or disabled pet owners.
Pets Are Wonderful Support: Based in San Diego, offers pet food/litter, pet supplies, veterinary assistance, animal transport, temporary foster program, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners.
Placer SPCA SOS Program: Offers assistance with rental deposits, temporary boarding, pet food and veterinary care assistance.
Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends: Based in Laguna Beach, offers pet food and emergency assistance.
Sacramento SPCA: Offers pet food, spay/neuter assistance.
Saddleback Valley Humane Society: Based in Orange County, offers financial assistance for spay/neuter, for pet owners who are financially burdened, also partners with 15 local veterinarians for reduced cost care.
The Sam Simon Foundation: Based in Los Angeles, offers free surgery for non-orthopedic procedures; free spay/neuter operations, including vaccinations, flea control, deworming, nail trims, and antibiotics.
Sammie’s Friends: Based in Grass Valley, offers veterinary care assistance.
San Diego Animal Support Foundation: Offers spay/neuter financial assistance.
San Francisco SPCA: Offers affordable spay/neuter and discounted veterinary services for seniors. Click on “Vet Services” link, then “Financial Programs” for resources.
San Francisco Aid For Animals: Partners with SF Veterinary Association member veterinarians to offer financial assistance to pet owners in need in emergency situations.
Santa Cruz SPCA: Based in Santa Cruz, offers pet food, spay/neuter assistance.
Santa Maria Valley Humane Society: Based in Santa Maria, offers spay/neuter assistance, microchips, has a pet food bank.
SEAACA: Based in Downey, offers veterinary medical care assistance, spay/neuter, vaccination assistance.
Sequoia Humane Society: Based in Eureka, a no-kill shelter that offers spay/neuter assistance.
SHARE Marin Humane Society: Offers veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners and free microchips for cats and pit bulls.
Spay Neuter Animal Network (SPAN): Based in Ventura, offers spay/neuter assistance
Spay Neuter Project Los Angeles (SNP): Based in Los Angeles, no website, only a Facebook page with all their information, offers low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchips.
spcaLA: Based in Los Angeles, offers L.A. city residents low-cost spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchips. (Click on link for a list of services)
SPCA for Monterey County: Offers pet food, spay/neuter, pet owner education services and vaccination assistance
Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation: Statewide, for dogs only, offers financial assistance for emergency illness or injury treatment, dog must have a positive prognosis.
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation: Based in Contra Costa County, offers financial assistance for low income pet owners in non-emergency cases, offers low cost spay/neuter clinics.
VET SOS: Based in San Francisco, offers free veterinary care and supplies for pets of the homeless.
Voice for the Animals Foundation: Based in Santa Monica, offers veterinary care assistance.
Yolo County SPCA: Offers Hope Fund, a loan to pet owners in financial need, and Angel Fund, financial assistance for animals in serious emergency medical situations.
Illness Specific Resources
Canine Cancer Awareness: Offers financial assistance to dog owners whose pets require cancer treatment.
Dog and Cat Cancer Fund: Offers grants to help underprivileged owners get treatment for cats and dogs suffering from cancer, also offers online oncology consultations.
Land of PureGold Foundation: Their Working Dog Cancer Treatment Grant offers assistance for dogs who are active, full time working dogs at the time of diagnosis.
Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation: Offers grants for pets under the care of a board-certified veterinary oncologist.
Magic Bullet Fund: Offers financial assistance for tumor removal and certain types of chemotherapy for lymphoma.
The Pie Fund: Offers financial assistance to owners of companion animals suffering from cancer.
Deaf Dog Education Action Fund: Offers financial assistance (when funding is needed and other financial support is not available) to help offset “extraordinary” medical expenses incurred by the owners/fosters of newly-placed deaf dogs.
Diabetic Cats in Need: Offers information and a resource guide, no funding though, to pet owners whose cats have diabetes.
Lantus Land Emergency Fund: Offers to run fundraisers for members of their Support Group Message Board when emergency veterinary care is needed for the members’ cats who have diabetes.
The Big Hearts Fund: Offers financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease, accepting surgical cases only.
Frankie’s Friends: Offers free or heavily discounted care for dogs enrolled in clinical programs of promising new treatments, and assists with the cost for dogs whose families cannot afford treatment.
Handicapped Pets Foundation: Based in New Hampshire, donates mobility equipment to elderly, disabled and injured pets.
Red Flyers, The Handicapped Pets Community: Facebook Page; accepts used mobility devices, refurbishes them and loans them at no cost to families of handicapped pets in need.
Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS)
Kobi’s Fund for VAS Cats: Offers a VAS Support Group with resources and information for cat owners.
Resources for those with Assistance Dogs
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners: Established an emergency veterinary fund to provide financial aid to U.S. IAADP partner members whose assistance dogs require high-cost veterinary intervention beyond their ability to pay.
The California Department of Social Services Assistance – Dog Special Allowance (ADSA) Program: Available only to residents of California, provides a monthly payment of $50 to eligible individuals who use a guide, signal or service dog to help them with needs related to their physical disabilities.
Assistance Dog United Campaign: Operated in association with the Assistance Dog Institute, helps people with disabilities find funding to purchase service dogs.
Breed-Specific Financial Assistance
Bernese Mountain Dog: Berner Emergency Health Assistance Fund (BEHAF): Offers financial assistance for medical emergencies or injuries.
Boston Terrier: Boston Rescue Network (BTRN): Offers financial assistance for special needs dogs.
Boxer: Boxer Rescue Foundation: Offers financial assistance for dogs in foster care.
Chow Chow: Chow Chow Welfare: Offers financial assistance to rescue and volunteer workers to defray emergency medical costs.
Corgi: CorgiAid: Offers grants and medical equipment for dogs in need.
Doberman: Special Needs Dobermans: Offers financial assistance for special needs and senior dogs.
Golden Retriever: The Goldstock Fund: Offers financial assistance, transportation and medical equipment.
Great Pyrenee: The PYRAMEDIC Trust (PaT): Offers financial assistance for dogs needing emergency care.
Greyhound: Greyhound Health and Wellness Program (Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center): Offers financial assistance for retired racing dogs in need of medical care.
Keeshond: Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Foundation: Offers financial assistance for dogs in foster care.
Pit Bull Terrier / Staffordshire Terrier: Pit Bull Rescue Central (PBRC): Offers financial assistance for emergency medical care, spay/neuter resources.
Siberian Husky: Save Our Siberians – Siberspace Rescue Fund (SOS-SRF): Offers financial assistance to defray non-routine, emergency medical costs for rescued Siberian Huskies.
Tibetan Spaniel: Tibetan Spaniel Club of America Rescue and Health Trust (TSCA): Offers financial assistance to rescuers of Tibetan Spaniels and funds research on health issues.
Westie: Westie Med: Offers financial assistance for dogs needing medical care.
Below are some suggestions on how you can raise funds to help pay for your pet’s veterinary treatment.
If you have additional fundraising tips or suggestions please write to us at [email protected] so we can add them to this list.
Work with Your Veterinarian
First, be honest with your veterinarian about your financial situation. Ask your vet what tests, treatments, and/or or procedures are absolutely necessary in order to save your animal’s life. Ask what alternative options exist to suggested treatments, tests, or procedures. For example, amputation may be a more financially viable option than reconstructive surgery, or enucleation (removal of the eye) may be within your financial means, while extensive treatment of the eye may not.
Ask your veterinarian if he/she would be willing to work out a payment schedule with you, or if you could “work off” some of the cost of treatment by volunteering at the veterinary hospital, or providing some service for the hospital as a form of barter.
Create an Online Fundraiser
Create your own online fundraiser using the following websites:
For suggestions on how to create a successful online fundraiser for your pet go to: www.youcaring.com/fundraising-tips
HOLD A YARD SALE
One of the faster ways to raise cash is to hold a yard sale. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on advertising. Place boldly lettered signs (on brightly colored poster board) at major intersections to draw traffic, place ads on Craigslist or in local papers, and use social media; ask your friends and family to post information about the sale on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Be sure to mention why you are holding the sale (E.g.: “All money raised will go toward my cat, Slinky’s, surgery.”). If possible, include a photo of your pet in your posts and on your signs.
APPLY FOR A GRANT
There are several organizations that offer financial grants to assist with medical expenses. See the “Resources” above.
APPLY FOR CREDIT CARE
Care Credit offers financing for veterinary care. It is essentially a credit card specifically for medical care. For more information, or to apply online, go to www.carecredit.com.
ENLIST THE HELP OF THE MEDIA
Contact your local news stations and newspapers to ask if they’d be willing to feature a story about your situation. You can find tips on how to create a successful media campaign by going to:
PARTNER WITH ANIMAL FRIENDLY BUSINESSES
Contact local businesses or restaurants that are known to be animal friendly. Ask if they’d be willing to allow you to put out collection jars, or if they would donate a percentage of their proceeds on a certain day to help with your pet’s expenses. If they agree, advertise the fact that the business or restaurant is helping you raise funds to save your pet, and that by going to the business, the business will donate X% of your purchase toward the treatment. This is a win-win, as the business will garner publicity and good will from the community for its efforts.
HOLD A CAR WASH OR A BAKE SALE
Grab some friends and spend a day washing cars or selling goodies. Call this idea old-fashioned, but you may be surprised at how many animal lovers are willing to donate above what you’re asking once they know the reason you’re holding the event.
Make flyers with the Who, What, Where, When, How, and – most important – the WHY! As with the yard sale, be sure to tell people where their dollars will be going (E.g.: “All proceeds will help pay for my dog, Ziggy’s, cancer treatment.”). Include a photo of your pet. Ask a local printer to sponsor the printing and post flyers all over town. Ask a local radio station to run a public service announcement. Use social media and ask your friends to post information about the event on Facebook, Twitter, via email, etc.