Grant $$$ For Pet’s Surgery: Don’t Give Up

by Mary Haight on January 5, 2009

 

If you know where to look, there is free* money for your pets surgery!  Each of the organizations below has their own standards for granting funds.  Copy this and put it in your dog’s or cat’s file.  You will also find information on  non-surgical options if appropriate to your case.  Check your pet insurance policy if you have one–there are needs not covered.

In my other life as a board member at Lake Shore Animal Shelter, I’ve come across many surrendered dogs needing expensive surgery.  Last year, dogs came in with all manner of woes, many of which could have been avoided if treated early.  People simply could not afford to take their dog or  cat to a vet for regular check-ups.  Please pass this on to your friends–every little bit of information helps stem the tide of pets in need of re-homing.

1. Care Credit

2. Good Sam Fund

3. IMOM

4. Labrador Lifeline,

5. The Pet Fund (financial assistance page)

6. UN Animal Nations

7. For Paws Hospice

Check with all these places, and know that new organizations do spring up every now and then with grant $$$ for pets surgery, so don’t give up!

Update: Funds for Vet care Please see new post with updated information and new resources: http://www.dancingdogblog.com/2013/04/pet-health-care-what-to-do-when-you-cant-afford-vet-care/

ALSO – ALL comments asking for money need to be connected to a legitimate fundraising site or a Veterinarian’s animal hospital where funds will be collected to care for the animal in need. Caution against fraud: Never send money to an individual. 

 

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233 comments
romerofont
romerofont

7 years ago I paid over $6k for my Lhasa also back surgery. Now my cairn terrier who we adopted 3 years ago is in need of back surgery due to a horrible attack from one of our dogs, who we have to give away. We need help, we can't even afford to have an MRI done.

Help Nino
Help Nino

My dogs name is Nino.he is in desperate need of back.surgery.the vers say he has a good quality of life if we can pay for the surgery.he has herniated disks that have compressed.he is on steriids and relaxers and pain meds.we rescued him off the A's treets of miami..and its possible he was abused before we rescued him.he is still so.full of life..vut all.I keep.being told is..if you give him u poo.we.will.help..or to put him downwhat?no way.we have set up.a gofund.com/help nino walk again. But so far have only raised five dollars.we need to raise between 3to 5 thousand..which is like a million to.us.I am willing to work in return for help with my Nino.I am a hard worker..please help in anyway..any doctors in south florida that may be willing to help..any information..ANYTHING..please.gofundme.com/help nino walk again..thank you.love nino and Stephanie and Angel

mercedestiffany
mercedestiffany

My dog had the same their is laser treatment therapy my dog that I was told would NEVER walk again w/out surgery has NOT ONLY been walking but running and playing with his sibling dogs for Years now, happened when he turned 5, this August he turned 11. Find my posts on YouTube where I have more info, search "dachshund beagle mix walks after ruptured disc. Hope this helps, God bless.

LilBitsMommy
LilBitsMommy

Hi my name is Alexis and I'm in search of help for my dog. Money is tight right now I just lost my mom a month ago and she had no life insurance. Then my dog was ran over by a car. The people didn't even stop. He's a relatively small dog. He was so lucky to live but he is now in need of surgery. Surgery that I can not afford right now. I'm only 19 and have never had anything like this happen to me. This was my moms dog and I don't want anything to happen to him. I have created a go fund me account but unfortunately no luck. The vet told me he needs a FHO surgery. They said he would be able to recover and walk fine two weeks after surgery. BUT they will not touch him with out the payment in full! The only help they could offer is credit based and me being 19 I have no credit. So I can not receive any help and I'm running out of time and options. I don't know what to do. Someone please help me! https://www.gofundme.com/bgbh5n3g

mercedestiffany
mercedestiffany

Have you tried Catholic Charities, not sure if they help for dogs, but worth a try, I wish I had the money to help you. Don't GIVE UP, pray and remain in faith, God hears you and knows what you need, cast your worries on him, give them to him and watch a miracle take place friend.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@mar2015 You'll need to revise that gofundme -- I don't think you'll get one donation off that very minimal bit of information. Read what others write and look for successful fundraisers. Model your page after theirs, and give a lot more background on the problem, why you're asking for other people's money, what job you have if any, etc. Use more photographs, too.

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AlexandriaCaldwell
AlexandriaCaldwell

This poor dog got hit by a car and is fighting for her life. Sadly, the driver didn't even stop. The family is trying to raise enough money to save her life, as they can't afford the the vet bills.  


Please share and give if you can.  gofundme.com/wn89y3tb





StaceyLynnDeans
StaceyLynnDeans

Please donate to help Maka fight cancer. Link is on previous post. Thank u and god bless.

Danafogle
Danafogle

I'm in need of of funding for my pitbull tank he resently all of a sudden lost the use of his back legs he is 5 1/2 years old took to vet dropped all the money I had on him for them to tell me there's nothing left for them to do he has feeling in his back legs he just can't walk this happened with in a 9 hour day while I was at work they had him on predezone and some other meds now he is sicker than can be lost a lot of weight and muscle I also took him to the chiropractor several time and that actually got him to be able to Stand then got sick they did blood work and exrays and nothing has came up in any of I'm just at a loss of hope and everything I've been threw one hell off month and I'm at the mercy for help in making my little buddy alright cause I don't no if I will be able to handle it I just lost my Bestfriend murders my grandpa 4 days after my Bestfriend and now my dog I am a very hard worker and know many of trades. So if there's away I could repay you in labor or anything I'm begging my name is Dana and my number is (619)244-5550 I just don't no what to do or where to go to find funding I gave up everything for him I'm currently staying in a motorhome in my parents yard so instead of paying rent I can spend all that money on him sacrificed a lot but he is everything to me and and has helped me get threw all of these tragic losses I love you all and hope someone sees this that cares cause I know if I had money I would do the same thing for the less fortunate piece love and God bless you all

LaurieBeecham
LaurieBeecham

my cay is in dying need of surgery for a tumor on his stomache...im on a fixed income and going pay check to pay check each month if theres any one out there that can find it in your heart to help me save my cat my companion my best friend please help me save him....please please help..my number is 619[646-9101

TerriMontgomery
TerriMontgomery

PRECIOUS SHIH-TZU NEEDS A TUMOR REMOVED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!  Hello, our Shih-Tzu Charlie is part of the family.  He is a wonderful, devoted, affectionate, energetic, and charismatic dog.  He is 10 years old.  Our last Shih-Tzu lived to be 17 years old so he potentially has many years to be our companion and part of our family.  I had noticed that he had a hard lump near his groin.  I went to the vet and they used a hollow needle to remove tissue for the tumor so they could analyze the cells on slides.  They found elongated cells which apparently aren't good to see.  The tumor is harder than they would like as well.  The vet said he needs to have the tumor removed as soon as possible.  Unfortunately we are struggling right now due to job loss and health issues.  We are hoping you will help us get his surgery.  We will pay it forward when we can.  We are good people in a bad spot and we're reaching out to you.  Thank you for any help you can give.  Sincerely,  Terri

https://www.youcaring.com/help-our-precious-shih-tzu-charlie-get-his-tumor-removed-444509

Eriicaarce
Eriicaarce

First the vet told me that it would cost around $250.00 to remove my puppies foxtail that's stuck in his paw... He took a good look at it and told me he would need a lot more to it. So from $250 now we are looking at $650... Yikes I can't afford that and I don't want to give him away we just got him for my son who's autistic. Please help us...

Eriicaarce
Eriicaarce

Hi, we just got my son who's autistic a puppy! He is so excited to have a companion and so are we. They both get along so well which is great for my son. The person that I bought the puppy from told me he is up to date on his shots and that he s been checked by a veterinarian recently. Last night before I picked up our new puppy I had he get groomed first and when I went to go pick him up the lady that works there told me that the puppy has a foxtail stuck in his paw an that we should get that checked asap! I called and to make him an appointment for surgery and they told us that we are looking around $250.00. The problem is we just spent a lot of money buying our puppy stuff for our home so that he can be comptoable. We don't have $250.00 right now!! Please can someone please help us..

Arlykat
Arlykat

A woman generally has small hands. I have personally sat down with my dig laying down and carefully spread each toe out and put my pinkie finger between tie and carefully moved finger around feeling for the foxtail that will just feel like a few strands of hay together in thickness. I slowly and carefully felt between each toe until I felt the hard piece if weed basically. You have to put your pinkie in as far as you can and gently feel all sides of spread toe. When you feel the foxtail that has to come out press the tip of your finger against it and slowly start trying to slide it toward the opening between the toes. You will definitely feel it and know when it starts moving toward the open space where you keep pressure on it and keep little by little sliding it tiward the open space. When it gets close to the opening you can try two fingers and take hold of any part of the foxglove and pull it out. It's not like a sliver deeply imbedded in the skin. Only the sharp tip on the end sticks against the skin. You don't need any tool, once you get to where you can see the wider ends of the weed if you can't keep pulling it tiward opening until it comes out then carefully use tweezers to just grab parts of the spread apart end of the weed and pull it out. Try VERY hard not to grab any dig hair with tweezers. You can get it out. It's about 1/3rd to 1/1 inch long- sharp tip is furthest in tiward skin. You need no operation. Just be gentle with small fingers. After you get it out check for more between each toe. Use your baby finger even sideways and gently push your finger tip past the toe joint you'll feel between the toes. It can be lodged past the bone joint you'll feel. You can gently work it out. Again, they don't imbed itself deep into the skin. 3/4s of the piece of weed is just laying between toe. Very small sharp tip presses against skin and its sharpness hurts when weight is put on standing up. Feel deep between every toe to be sure you find any that may be there. You can find more than one inside one spread apart toe. The vet is totally ripping you off. That's how you them out from deep between toes. If it's in their nose take a half mouthful of warm Freska and slowish blow Aida into nostrils while holding snout to keep from moving. Just walk up to dog don't make a scary deal over anything take about our lips to nostrils and not suoer hard but in one breath blow soda into nostrils at same time. Dog should not be laying in side. Suds will bubble and make dug sneeze a lot and between the sneezing and bubbling of soda the foxtail will get blown out by the dog. Can be standing up. Just not laying in side. Just be careful in all I've told you but really feel around deep between toes and insides of toes. Good luck. Talk to dog if they are scared. Do not stop until you're sure you got all foxtails out from between toes.

deerchic2
deerchic2

Please help me, I have a boxer who just turned 7 and needs urgent surgery for a perineal hernia. I am disabled and on a fixed income. I have a go fund me going on right now to raise money for the surgery. Please help me, it's urgent....

Sandrasoriano
Sandrasoriano

I need help with my English bulldog 6yrs old he has a lump on his side I did take him to vet for a check up and set of shots I have noticed it is growing and at the moment I cannot afford to pay for his treant ment iam having issues my self with medical problems I am diagnosed with MS and currently not working due to my disability any one who can help me please I am scared of losing my best friend

jsullivan1009
jsullivan1009

Hello. I'm currently a veterinarian technician. About two weeks ago, a client of ours decided to surrender their dog because he got hit by a car a week prior to that and they couldn't afford treatment. He hurt his hind leg and is in pain. We have been keeping him on medication, but he needs to get surgery done. We did do some radiographs, My boss thinks he hurt his cruciate ligament. He only cries when he first stands up, and sometimes puts weight on his leg. But he is still limping overall. I really care for him and really need help raising the money. I do not want him to suffer anymore than he already is. I'm also still in school and working full time. I have been watching Tank for a couple of days now, and I love him so much. He's an amazing dog. I just want him to feel better and live a normal life. I'm still waiting to hear back about how much the surgery will cost. 


Please help me! I will do anything for this dog, but money seems to be my enemy right now. 

Headlock
Headlock

I havela small mixed dog named chippy. She has a uti and has been peeing blood for awhile. I need to take her to the vet and get her the right treatment before it gets worst. Please help me I ha e no money and my dog means the world to me. HELP PLEASE?? My vet I use is Blue Cross Vet Montclair

ca (909)6212989

HQUINN
HQUINN

Hello, I found his site to ask for help to pay for my dog's chest x-rays; he's been coughing a lot the past few months and it's getting worse.

I took him into a vet clinic and paid $130 for an exam, an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic, which he took both until gone and it's still getting worse. Full blood panel ran and they said it came back normal, so the next step would be chest x-rays.

Here is my problem.. we are in the middle of moving and I am not currently working and can't start looking for another month - otherwise I wouldn't ask for help. The second problem I have is worse, and that is my husband hates my dogs... he sees this as an opportunity for them to die and be out of his life.. after I spent the $130, it caused a huge fight and he told me he's not paying for any help my dog needs..so he's not going to help me and I'm afraid that if I don't get x-rays soon, it may cause permanent damage or worse, he may die of something that's treatable.

There is a vet clinic I would take them to (hey haven't been yet because I can't pay for any vet bill) they gave me a rough estimate of $362.00 for exam and x-rays, but that doesn't cover what may come after that. I can't pay this my husband will flip out to say the least.. the vet I would be going to take them to is

VCA Apache Animal Hospital

1700 S hwy 92 Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

I have not taken them here yet, but based on this estimate, this is what I have to go by. So, if anyone could help me, I would really appreciate it.

-Heather

Lourdes Flow
Lourdes Flow

Can't stop crying. Please someone with a compassionate heart help me please :'( :'(

Lourdes Flow
Lourdes Flow

Doctors are located on 18 E Kingsbridge Rd in the Bronx NY. At Armorydogcathospital.com. Please help my Schatzie Wis. I could not live without him :'(

Petunia 69
Petunia 69

This is patunia my little pug she only 3 years old she is my everything I really need help for her serjury she has cancer and no insurance willing to work with me

Lourdes Flow
Lourdes Flow

So sorry Petunia about your dog. Im also with a broken heart and with many thoughts going on my mind . My Lhasa Apso dog name SCHATZIE is my baby for the past 11 years and all of a sudden we noticed a big lump on his penis He's feeling down but still showing mommy his affection and at times he'll do cute thinks to make me forget about whats going on with him :'(. Im feeling so sad and waiting for his blood results. Im praying that someone comes up with some kind of suggestions or any kind of help. My heart is broken. Feeling more depressed and like im dying each and every second. My schatzie is my life and the child I never had. Please someone HELP 💔 :'(

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@Lourdes Flow Please provide the cost of the operation and the phone number at the clinic, what your financial contribution will be, and what you have done to date to raise or borrow money.

Also start a GoFundMe.com or some other platform to directly reach crowdfunders. It's another way to help yourself get your dog medical help as quickly as possible. 

Thanks for sharing your dog's situation here, and I hope you can get the assistance you need quickly.

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MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@Petunia 69 Please see my response to Lourdes Flow and follow those suggestions.

Best of luck to you and your pug...too young for such problems.

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Lourdes Flow
Lourdes Flow

Thanks Mary for your support and advices. The cost of the surgery for my Schatzie Wisniewski is $ 2,000.00 and their phone number is (718) 367-4350. Last thursday I had spent close to $ 400.00 for his blood work and his X Rays. Financially we are doing real bad, after my Rent, my utilities bills and our medications, my financial contribution is less than $ 500.00. That is why Im begging for help cause my husband and I have a bad health issues and a very low income. Our beautiful Lhasa Apso is our happiness and motivation and the child I never had. I haven't yet started a Fund Raise cause I dont know how to do it, but mostly cause I had been busy with my schatzie and also trying to cope with my bad depression that have gone to the top level. My heart is broken and I cannot stop from crying everytime I see my Schatzie feeling down and sick. Thanks again Mary for your reply and support. Blessings. :'(

Lourdes Flow
Lourdes Flow

Im desvatated with the bad news that my beautiful Lhasa Apso dog needs surgery from a tumor growth on his penis, his doctor says the surgery will cost $ 2,000 for his tumor removal. My husband and I have bad health issues and cannot afford that amount of money. I suffer from depression and panic attacks and my dog had been my greatest motivation and the child I never had....and the love of my life. Please I'm begging for Help! :'(

lourdesflow@aol.com

Petunia 69
Petunia 69

Please I need help I have a pug and yesterday we received a sad new my baby has cancer I'm a regular person I live with my only income I need help for her serjury please help me she is my everything

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@Petunia 69 I advise everyone to never send money to an individual here, but to a legitimate crowdfunding effort, like gofundme.com, or to a verifiable veterinary clinic for the express purpose of serving the animal's needs. That's why I edited your email address out.

Please follow what others here have done, provide the name, address and phone number of the vet clinic you intend to use so people can donate directly against the cost of the surgery if they wish. Thanks for commenting.

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MikeSebahar
MikeSebahar

http://www.gofundme.com/ghpvgk 


I never wanted to take videos of the pain Trinka was in before because by the time we realized it, I didn't want to force her to do something that could cause her pain again just to take videos. Even though that might have helped our cause, I couldn't bring myself to do it.  


This time I had to take a video to show the doctor in email before they examined her so you can see she has trouble climbing the stairs now. Nothing as bad as the pain she as in before but still debilitatting. 


Trinka was doing ok and now she tore her ACL in the same leg that had the surgery a common problem I now know.  She needs to have that fixed and we are all tapped out now. I hate to be back here but we never came close to our goal and are still in debt for that which actually cost twice our goal because I was given the wrong quote. Maybe we never should have got a dog, but there are many dogs in shelters that need home and not all people are rich. When I see others coming here to get funded to go to the Hawks playoff it makes me really mad. Maybe others feel the same way about asking for help for a dog and I can understand that that too.  


I can’t thank those those that donated both here and privately enough.  I ask any who have not donated to please help out if you can, no donation is too small. We completely understand if you can't or don't want to.  Also please forward to those people or organizations you may know who may be able to help. Thanks so much. 


ChristopherGarrido
ChristopherGarrido

Hello, my chow/flat coat retriever Luki was hit by a car on Halloween night and suffered a severely dislocated left rear hip. I took him to North Star Vets In NJ for surgery. It cost me 5,400.00. After a few months the ball joint has slipped out of the socket And I'm back to square one. I can not afford to go back to that hospital. Looking for a less expensive vet service since the only known option I know of is a FHO procedure. Any suggestions? Philadelphia/SouthJersey area. Thank You

C. Garrido

Akita4me05@yahoo.com

SaveBlayze
SaveBlayze

Hello Dancing Dog Blog,

I would like to know if I can set up weekly payment arrangements to assist with my Maltipoo's surgery at a reputable pet hospital. Blayze is 8 years old, he has a ruptured right-hind ACL, a growth the size of a golf ball in his mouth and his dental work is not up to par and he also has crystals in his urine.

He hasn't eaten in three days so far and he won't drink fluids and has been vomiting. His back legs give out when he walks and he's balding on his hind back.

I have thought of putting him to sleep because I hate to see him in pain and suffer but he is a part of our family and we don't want to give up on him.

I'm not sure what to do at this point but if there is any way your office can help it would be greatly appreciated. Im willing to make weekly payments for any surgeries needed.

Thank you,

Lakeisha Mitchell

480.343.5483

DanielUnitis
DanielUnitis

I hope there is help out there for my dogs surgery. My dog Buster (not the say Buster as below) some how messed up his knee, he is a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier. He's my buddy, he goes EVERYWHERE with me, or used to I'm sad to say. I came home from dropping my wife off at work and saw Buster went from the bed to the couch. I figured that he probably had to go out by now, so I called him to get down from the couch...didn't move. I picked him up and put him on the floor and as he tried to walk he kept his right leg up...refused to walk on it. We let it go for a day (didn't seem to be in pain) and waited to see how he was the next day...sill no good. So I took him to the Animal Hospital where the doctor said he has a kneecap problem and he called it something like Medial Luxating Patella. Said he needs an operation, but he does not do them, he only refers them to people. I asked how much it cost for this operation, he was not exactly sure, but depending on the severity of it...it could cost any where from $2,500 to $3,500. I'm on supplemental disability. I let him know that there was NO WAY....I could come up with that kind of money, not even the $500.

I am now afraid that he may mess up the other leg...then what? I would have to get him wheels so he could move around on? My dog loved to run and jump, now he can hardly get around...he can't even pee the way he used to by lifting up his leg, or poop, as far as that goes. My dog is so good, and so kind.

Can someone please tell me how I can get him fixed...Please! I would do anything I can to have him moving around again.

Thanks

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@DanielUnitis Start a crowdfunding page on gofundme.com to raise money. Also, have people donate directly to the vet clinic that will be doing the surgery. That way there is no question of scamming or not using the money as intended. Clear this with your vet clinic before you publish your page. Best of luck!

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INeed1dollarfrom1kpeople
INeed1dollarfrom1kpeople

@MaryEHaight @DanielUnitis my cat has pyometra and needs help like yesterday, I have done the same as mentioned but you need networking prowess or extreme luck to get funded.. I also said donate straight to doctors of their choice and now I counting the hours until I lose all I have left in my life. There is no "its not in the budget" for me, if it were my last money it would go to her surgery. Im all banged up, have health issues and my cousin pretty much takes care of me and the cats.if I could get 1200 people to donate 1 dollar well 2 lives will be saved.

I have gotten tweets like "its just a dumb animal" etc meanwhile she has gotten me through some hard dark days and I cant do the same for her this once and im ashamed but nobody cares until it happens to them and that's when they become more open minded or the presson happens to be a tweeting superstar If just one of those juggernaut users would just tweet my cause one time well I promise there would be activity in the fund .. imagine that, just a freakin tweet? that's too much to ask

I am happy to see this web page here for those who have dogs etc and maybe they will find hope, money,credit or grants or at the very least strength.

amazing because you cant even find my fund because guess what, they only shows ones that make money because gofund makes money off it and even using the search word , city etc still cant find mine

http://www.gofundme.com/TinkerbellHelp

try and find that without the link using keywords I have used.

Pixelprv1@gmail.com

if anyone has ideas I beg you please contact me

thnx and good luk to everyone having hard times with their loved animals.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

,Amy Saunders,  please list the vet's phone number so people can donate direct. Hope Buster gets the help he needs to heal. Best of luck...

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MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

Amy Saunders, please provide the phone number of the vet clinic so people can donate directly. Hope it works out well for Buster.

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Amy Saunders
Amy Saunders

Please help my family pet. His name is Buster. Just before Christmas 2014 Buster chewed an extension cord and burned the inside of his mouth pretty bad. We had no money seeing as it was December and we have 5 kids to buy for Christmas. We were approved for a pet card of 1000.00 dollars for Busters care. We have used up our 1000.00 dollars on tests and meds and vet check ups and rechecks. Due to the electrocution Buster has a hole inside of his mouth that needs skin grafs to cover as well as two teeth pulled. We cant afford his surgery. Right now buster has problems eating and whenever he opens his mouth to yawn, or bark he cries. His mouth smells like rotten meat its really stinky. He gets many infections that we have to treat as well as mouth rinse. Can someone please help us his surgery is 1300.00 and we just cant afford it in the near future.  

Amy Saunders
Amy Saunders

Busters vet is at island city animal hospital in brockville on

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