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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137 comments
tonismcdougald
tonismcdougald

Hello please go to give forward.com and search "Help Save Bane", my boy is only 10 months and needs surgery to correct a liver shunt thank you for your prayers and donations.

http://gfwd.at/1ACwRvk this link should take you to the page or you can search " Help Save Bane"

butterflize
butterflize

Hi my name is Anna. Im asking for help to pay for my cats surgery. She has a mammory gland tumor and needs to get it removed in 2 weeks. She is my first fur baby and has always been healthy so i was not expecting this. I love her so much! I have my own share of health problems and right now I am on disability with no extra money to spare plus I have my two kids. We are all looking for stuff to sell to make some money and even my kids have offered to sell some of their toys lol! We love her so much and any little bit of help is appreciated. My gofund link is: http://www.gofundme.com/helpforKC

SnephanieH
SnephanieH

Hello my name is Stephanie! I have a kitten that needs his eye removed and I am trying to raise money for his surgery. I rescued him off the street when he was one month old and he's had glaucoma ever since I rescued him. He's 6 months old now and needs the eye taken out. I've gotten $800 from the $1225 I've raised and I've already spent that much on vet bills and medicine for him. his gofundme is http://gofundme.com/JakesEyeball any amount or a share of this link even helps! Thanks you.

caitylou
caitylou

hi my name is Caitlin and I have a Chihuahua who is new to the family. she is just a baby and she took a tumble down some stairs and broke her elbow. its right in the joint and we need a special surgeon to do the surgery. it is going to cost 2500 and we have no way of paying for that. I have applied for care credit myself and jointly and got denied both times me and my fiancé tried to apply for a loan but we wont know for a few days and she needs the surgery asap. if I cant get the money I will have to give her up and I really don't want to do that. I was interested in the fund me thing but I dont think I would have enough time since I only have like 3 days. does anyone know of anything I can do im at a loss and devastated please anything will help!?

kguzman
kguzman

Hi my name is karen and i have a 7year old poodle named puppy. He is my sweet little angel and he go out of my yard and came home injured im afraid something might happen to him i cant afford to pay out of pocket for vet bills we have only one income and its my husband's ssi. I cant get a job due to having to care for my husband .he has a mental disorder. My puppy is

The one thing that gets me through when i cant deal anymore. I

Look at his lil face and he looks back and i can feel his love. I couldn't live with myself if something bad happened to him knowing he could have had help. Please someone help me help my lil fuzzy baby boy.

Meghan Specht
Meghan Specht

Hello Everyone. My name is Meghan and we have a 6 year old boxer named Maddie. I have typed up her whole story at the link provided. She was diagnosed with lymphoma and needs chemotherapy which she should start in about 2 weeks. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. She currently is going to Centre Animal Hospital in State College PA.

gofund.me/fightlymphoma

mikepov
mikepov

My dog tore his acl I can't afford the surgury I own a house and have 2 kids Iam raising can anyone help he's my best friend he's a rottweiler

NapoleonLopez
NapoleonLopez

Please help my dog if you can. She has a cancer tumor in her belly, and has developed a staph infection. And right now i cannot afford to pay for the vet bills. Link will be provided.


http://www.gofundme.com/hfdno0

FletchersMom
FletchersMom

We need help getting our sweet baby boy, Fletcher, a beagle/basset mix, spinal surgery. Two days ago he was fine, then one misstep and he can't walk on his front legs anymore. He tries, bless his heart, but just does a face plant. He can't use the bathroom, can't stand up to eat or drink on his own and just lays around. Please direct me to someplace that I can get the help to get him the care he needs. It will cost around $6,000 to get him back to where he's supposed to be. We are both full time students and work part time. Our credit is terrible, but our love for our dog is great! Thank you.

hopesmother18
hopesmother18

Hi, I am trying to get my rescued cat surgery done on her spine so she can live a normal life. Can anyone point me in the right direction of any funds or organizations? She is special needs since she does need special care right now. I can pay the 164 dollars to get her looked at but the surgery will most likely be thousands of dollars and I am a college student with a part time job so I can't afford it. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

dianne615
dianne615

This correspondence is on the behalf of a woman I know,  she’s a senior citizen and she has a little dog name Annie who is almost blind due to cataract. She was told by her Veterinary that the surgery would cost 3-7, thousand dollar which she can’t afford.  I know she will be very grateful for any assistant/information.

Thank you,

albertdog
albertdog

Gracie is a 7 year old mini dachshund who needs back surgery where estimates range from 4500 to 7000 dollars.  A neurology vet said the initial injury of two ruptured disks has grown to three and is pressing on the spine.  Gracie is in chronic pain.  She cannot do what she used to do.  Please visit http://www.gofundme.com/gixuw8 for specific details.  Thanks for your time.

Debbie Matthews

MikLehr
MikLehr

Hello, I took a few kittens to foster from our local humane society. It became very clear they were sick very quickly. Two, a brother and sister buff litter mate pair. The sister was one of the first to show signs of FHV-1. After many nights of force feeding, l-lysine, antibiotics and warm black tea bag compresses, "Baily" came around, literally from the brink of death. Out of the 7 kittens her brother "Byron" seemed to be a symptomatic. Then, I went on vacation for 4 nights, returning the kittens to the HS, while I was gone. Upon returning from vacation I went to collect Baily and Byron to continue fostering them. My worst fear happened while I was gone. Byron became stressed and symptomatic. Now his eyes are so bad within a week from showing signs, that they feel he is blind and most likely would need his eyes removed. Of course I feel immeasurable amount of guilt from causing him to stress and then suffer symptoms. I asked that I could adopt both Baily and Byron, and my HS agreed. 3/7 of the kittens have passed away already from the respiratory issues associated with FHV-1, and one is still fighting for it's life. I feel it's my duty to try my hardest to save Byrons eye sight, at least in one eye, by searching for all options avaliable. Our counties HS is amazing, but like all HS its funding is limited to Grants and donations. I am even limited more than they. Finding this site is a "Hail Mary Pass" of a moment. I pray you are able to help me find a Pro Bono option to save my little Byron's sight, if that is at all possible. I have no doubt in my mind my HS would release him to a specialist who was willing to help, if I was pointed in the right direction. I'm even to the point that it doesn't matter to me if I myself ends up with Byron, as long as I can say I did everything I could to try to save his sight. I am in South Central Ohio and am willing to drive. Please, any advice would be amazing!

YariDiaz
YariDiaz

My dog Baby is 9 years old she has a mammar tumor and surgery cost 1500-1700 but I have no type of money I am 17 I need help for her my parents said they can't pay this. I just want to know if I can take her somewhere cheap for surgery or If I can get help so my parents let me take her to surgery.

DonnaDeJoinville
DonnaDeJoinville

Our 6 month old puppy gracie needs hip surgery. She has Hip dysplasia and needs to have two surgeries to fix it. The cost is 4000.00. This was a cost that we weren't expecting and am reaching out for help to her the surgeries she needs done. She is our first puppy and our kids are in love with her. We have also started a gofundme page for her too.  http://www.gofundme.com/fc0qjc

osiris31628
osiris31628

Hello,  I have a beautiful Egyption Mau, Osiris. He needs surgery, thyroid tumor. He has been to the Vet. Oncology in Waltham, MA.  They only gave him possibly 2 months. I can't afford the surgery, it was $1,000. for more tests and $5,000. for the surgery. Impossible for me as I am disabled. I believe that he has little time left, as he doesn't eat. I have tried everything for him, he has difficulty swallowing because the tumor is on the side of his throat.  Even giving him predsolone which I dissolved in his hydrozine sulfate is now impossible. He's only ten, I can't take much more watching him starting to fade away, He is such an amazing cat, he catches his treats like a dog, thirteen in a row and carried around a wool hat, socks and anything else of mine when I went outside to work. I will miss him terribly.    I have a hard time dealing with the fact that Vet. Oncology would not help, no money, no help. I've had cats all my life, mostly strays and would do all I can to help anyone. Thank you for reading my story.

sunleez
sunleez

This is Penny, my Jackawawa. She is a rescue dog that was brought to NH with her siblings. When I went to pick out the one I wanted, she picked me. I sat on the floor and she kept climbing in my lap. I picked her up on 10/26/12 (my birthday) Last year we noticed her depth perception was off. I took her to a specialist. She has progressive cataracts - she is only 2yrs old. Like most, I do not have the money to have the surgery done. I will take any and all recommendations. Does anyone know if Veterinarian Schools needed live hands on training.

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sagastuj
sagastuj

Hi, I set up a fundraiser for my dog's surgery. His name is Snoopy and at this moment he can barely walk. He tries to stand but falls right back down. He has a peodtruding disc in his back which is now causing neurological effects and I'm afraid he'll end up paralyzed. My parents are planning to put him to sleep if he does not get better since we can't afford the cost of surgery. If any one can or knows someone who can help even in the smallest amount it will be greatly appreciated. This is the link to the fundraiser. Thanks

http://www.gofundme.com/snoopythebeagle

Coco Needs a New Knee
Coco Needs a New Knee

I rescued Coco in 2005, when I was going through chemo due to breast cancer. She saved my life. 4 months ago, I came home from work and Coco didn't run to greet me like she usually did...she couldn’t move. I took her to So Cal Veterinary Specialty Hospital. Found out she had a cancerous tumor the size of a tennis ball on her liver, they did surgery that night. She made a full recovery, but that surgery cost over $5,900.

Last month, I was walking Coco, when suddenly she was unable to walk on her left hind leg. Back to the Vet...found out she had a partially torn cranial cruciate ligament. She'd need to have TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery. The Vet said the mass under her left axillae/armpit, also needed to be removed, by doing so; she'd be able to pull herself up after the TPLO surgery.

Anyone that knows me knows I don’t ask anyone for anything. I don’t have a choice as the estimate for Coco's surgery is $4,800. I don’t have the money for surgery because of her last surgery. She's such a sweetie. I must do everything I can to help her, including humbling myself and asking for any donations that you could give us. Thank you so much! Dr. Vogel at So Cal Veterinary Specialty Hospital will be doing Coco's surgery.  We are also found at:

www.GoFundMe.com/dvdi8c

JoshErdman
JoshErdman

Hi I have a 3 month old lab/border collie she got her leg ran over this weekend we've already paid $2100 to keep her at the vet to be stable. Now they must amputate her leg and we cannot afford it. Any help would be a godsend tomorrow we will find out how much it would be somewhere other then where she is at right now. They want $2500 do the amputation.

bensonmark
bensonmark

hi please please can any one point me in the rite direction. I hve a 10 year old german shepard I also have his mammy, he is called benson I are in desperate need for some funding so he can have a life saving operation , he falls over at 1st the vets thaught he had hip displacher, only now we have found out his a spnal problems he will soon not be able to walk at all I cant live without him he is our family pet, apart from his spinne his heart n everything else is fit and healthy, please can anyone help m than you my email address is junereynolds_@hotmil.com

sbhouser
sbhouser

My kitten, Jack, was born with anal atresia.  This means he does not have an anus.  Instead he has a fistula (opening) between his rectum and his urinary tract.  Bowel movements cause Jack a great deal of pain. Surgery will fix this, but it needs to be done sooner rather than later as it is very unhealthy to have fecal matter in the urinary tract.  Please share Jacks story...


http://www.gofundme.com/surgeryforjackthekitten


If we can raise Jacks funds the surgery will be done at Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware. 302-322-6933. http://www.vscdel.com.



Sgonzalez222
Sgonzalez222

My German Shepherd puppy is in critical need of heart surgery to close an extra valve in her heart. She is too young to leave this world so soon. Even a share if you can't donate would be awesome. Please help us reach our goal, this surgery is very pricy for what we can afford at this moment.

http://www.gofundme.com/helping-a-broken-heart

KathyBZamora
KathyBZamora

I've been helping my friend and her family. Caring for her dog BaBa . They been having hardship. They been renting a room. For her family. While looking to find a place to rent. Their dog has a mass under her. She needs surgery. They have taking her to 3 to 5 vets. And nothing. Won't help Baba. she's bleeding on their floor. We had to tell them to put on her lump. They didn't do a thing. Charged for beening in a room. Heartless. Won't take payments. They have been cleaning her putting medicince on it. and wrapping it. And I been watching  Baba to eat ,drink, use bathroom.  Watching that she doesn't take bandage off. She has been doing that. I have to keep watching her. Hasn't  Thank God Please help us. Thank you for your time. Alum Rock Animal Hospital 2810 Alum Rock Avenue,San Jose,Ca 95127 They need $1,500 which is the cheapest. But, won't take payment's. Help Baba!  She still has lots of energy and love. We don't want to put her down. Will pay you back.(Payments) Honest Family.


lizzie1976
lizzie1976

I live in Springfield Mo. My 6 lb Yorkie Lizzie is almost 9 years old now and she has slept by my side for nearly all but 4 days of her life. We are so close. I'm feeling her pain constantly as I know she is suffering. She is having tooth problems. It's so bad that its coming out of her cheek. I took her to my small country town vet but she didn't have a x-ray machine so she couldn't fix it. All she could do for her is antibiotics and pain pills. Those are about gone now. I need to get Lizzie to a vet that has the proper experiment and get her out of this pain & misery asap. But I don't even have a income at all. I was lucky enough to have a good friend pay for Lizzy's last vet visit. When I first got my best friend, Lizzie I had a good income to provide for her. I hope I can find her the help she desperately needs soon. Thanks for reading.


<3 Good luck to you all too <3


Most likely she needs an x-ray and a tooth extraction. I'm waiting on a local clinic to call me back with an estimate for that now. 

The clinic is: Parkcrest Veterinary Hospital  417-881-5327

                      700 W Republic Road Springfield, Mo 65807

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

From 8/21 on, if you are asking for money to help an animal, you will have to solicit via the Veterinarian's office who will be doing the surgery or I will have to delete your comment. This means you must provide the name of the vet, the clinic, the town and state and phone number to the clinic so people can check it against internet information before contributing should they decide to do so. If you are a rescue, you should also leave a link to your website and facebook pages so others can get to know you.

If you are connected to a legitimate fundraising site like Go Fund Me, that is also acceptable.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Latest blog post: Dental Health Azawakh_K9

JennReeves
JennReeves

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/h6g5/yogi-reeves?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fb_share_feed&utm_campaign=ui_frshare_publish&og_action=hug&t=3&fb_ref=2555274


please help my italian greyhound 

Yogi my loving Italian greyhound was attacked by a dog near his home by no fault of his own!!!! At this time he is currently in the hospital needing surgery to have his jaw fixed. My eight year old sweet boy has multiple bites and very scared and is being heavy sedated due to his injuries!!!! A orthopedic doctor will be seeing him on Monday with further updates for us but his expected medical cost will be substantial. I am reaching out to friends and family and dog lovers out there for any assistance they may be able to help him with his recovery.

Kimberly carrillo
Kimberly carrillo

My puppy Nina needs surgery because she had something stuck in her small intestine the total of the surgery is $5,000 we have no money for that. She doesn't have that much time left if she don't get the surgery. We love her so much and we want her to live. She is only 4 months old can you please help

http://t.co/CJbOfPD1OW

gloria
gloria

I am caring for my gsons dog Bella and she needs veterinary care we are on social security $1300.00 a month she has a lump the size of a golf ball on one of her tetes she is 11 years old and does not appear in pain still feisy her date of birth is 10/7/2003. We want her to be checked and taken care of we just have no money left at the end of the month. Thank you for any help or advice.-generalgsmith@gmail.com

Nycole
Nycole

Please help save our dogs life, she needs emergency blood transfusions http://Gofundme.com/bsl974 we are struggling financially with this. Any help is truly appreciated

kacevedo0304
kacevedo0304

Hi Everyone, 


I am trying to help raise money for my Labrador's surgery. She has a tore ligament. We are being forced out of our apartment because they no longer accept her. She's only 3 years old and we refuse to put her down. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help us save our dog. click the link below. 



http://www.gofundme.com/bmfpmk

previous link no longer available 

kacevedo0304
kacevedo0304

Hi Everyone, 


I am trying to help raise money for my Labrador's surgery. She has a tore ligament. We are being forced out of our apartment because they no longer accept her. She's only 3 years old and we refuse to put her down. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help us save our dog. click the link below. 


http://www.gofundme.com/8ibpn8

Rambos mom
Rambos mom

I just found out my Chihuahua needs hip and knee surgery and I do not have the money do you know of a vet in Palm Beach County that will take payments ? Help


Alexandra Carr
Alexandra Carr

Hello. My name is Alexandra Carr. I just found out today my 5 year old black cat Emily was shot with a BB gun. I thought her leg was hurt from the wound however the BB broke her leg and dislocated her hip. The vet wants to amputate her leg or pay more and put rods in her leg. I cannot afford either procedure and I don't want to have it amputated unless its a last resort. She's in a lot of pain and needs help. Please someone help. If anyone knows of an organization please email me at Alex_Carr_19942006@yahoo.com.

Mrs Jennifer Anderson
Mrs Jennifer Anderson

Hello everyone, My name is Mrs Jennifer Anderson and i am talking as the happiest person in the whole wild world today and i told my self that any lender that rescue my family from our poor situation, i will tell the name to the whole wild world and i am so happy to say that my family is back for good because i was in need a loan of $ 100,000 USD to start my life all over as i am a single mum with 4 kids and the whole world seemed like it was hanging on me until i met the GOD sent loan lender that changed my life and that of my family, a GOD fearing lender, Mr Richy Walters, he was the saviour GOD sent to rescue my family and at first i thought it was not going to be possible until i received my loan of $ 100,000 USD and i will advise any one who is in genuine need of a loan to contact Mr.Richy Walters via email at. skypebankloanfirm@gmail.com because he is the most understanding and kind hearted lender.

Inirida Forero
Inirida Forero

Help us to help Dante.

Dante is a grey and black Siberian husky. He was born on February 28th 2014.

But unfortunately he was born with a problem in his hips. Which is called In dogs, hip dysplasia, this is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors. It can be found in many animals and in humans, but is most commonly associated with dogs, and is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger breeds.

We are in love of our pet but we have not money to face this. He needs some therapies and probably a future surgery. And we have two options one pay for all his treatment or put him to sleep. That's why we are asking you to help Dante. He deserves a better life.

So if you know any association or foundation that can help to pay his treatment please let us know;you can write your comments at the end of this Video clip Or send us any information at this e-mail inirida40@gmail.com. Thank you for your cooperation.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@caitylou Unless you can get a loan on the equity in your car or get a personal loan from sites like Prosper.com, or have your relatives, friends and colleagues at work chip in to help you, it's a difficult thing to do when accidents happen. You might suggest to the vet that if they would take automatic payments on your credit card you will start a gofundme, get a part time job (and go try that right now), as long as you have a credit card that is not maxed. Check Credit Karma and see what your creditworthiness profile looks like. 


You can also call around to other vets to see if they have payment plans that are not CARE Credit related then see if you qualify. Best of all luck on this.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@dianne615 Surgery for cataracts if in both eyes is around $3000 in the Chicago area. I would get a second opinion from an AAHA-rated animal hospital (American Animal Hospital Assn) that uses laser surgery. They may have special rates for seniors. There are new services popping up all the time, so please search Google too so you're not missing anything. Thanks for trying to help this woman's little dog! You can also start a gofundme and try to raise funds from the public if you have social media accounts yourself and can helps pread the word for her.

DonnaDeJoinville
DonnaDeJoinville

Also one side of her hip is out already that will be the side they do first. We have been trying to keep her calm so the other side doesn't out too. If both go out then she will be unable to walk. Thanks in advance for any help


sbhouser
sbhouser

As a follow up, Jack had surgery (I took a loan from a relative, which I hated to do, but it was for Jack).  I turns out Jack was a girl.  Sadly she had complications from her surgery and did not survive.  Her surgery was Wednesday, she came home Thursday evening and was right back at the surgery center on Friday where they found that her internal sutures did not hold. My husband, brother, mother, and I went immediately back to the surgical center and got to spend a few minutes with her.  I held her while the vet sedated her and gave her the shot. 


Jack was 9 weeks old, and that was the most heartbreaking experience of my life.  In the weeks that she was a part of my life she was so lively and sweet that it never occurred to me that she would not survive if we just got her the surgery.  My only thought was that I would fail her by not raising the funds.  Jack taught me a lot about life and love in the short time she was with me and I will be forever grateful to have had her in my life.


Best of luck to you all.

sbhouser
sbhouser

@Sgonzalez222 I hope you raise the funds you need.  Your puppy is very cute.  If I could I would donate right now, but I am fundraising for surgery for my kitten.  I will send all positive thoughts your way and wish you the very best of luck! If we raise Jack's funds and have anything leftover I will remember you.

KathyBZamora
KathyBZamora

They only need $500.00 !!! THanks to GOD

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@JennReeves Yes, absolutely, Jenn. We simply need to make certain that no one is mislead. When horrible things happen to precious pets, people don't know where to turn when they can't afford the cost and unfortunately there is an element that will take advantage. Please also note there is a more up to date post linked to in the article above with additional resources.

Latest blog post: Dental Health Azawakh_K9

YariDiaz
YariDiaz

Thank you so much I will check it out

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