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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166 comments
kelly2girl
kelly2girl

I am writing this on behalf of a friend of mine that i haven't heard from in a while. he has a toy poodle named vinnie who is about 8 months old. He said that he rushed him to a clinic because he hurt himself.  It is midnight here so he called me to tell me that vinnie broke his leg in 2 places  and need surgery within 72 hours. I found this on line so I am writing this on Vinnies behalf. I know that his owner is struggling , retired and panic because he does not have what one vet said 3500 and another said 2000.00,  either way  the dog need to have this done soon . First thing in the morning, Rick ( vinnies owner)  will have to make a decision. I cannot help but if there is someone  out there that can , his number is 248-229-7001. This dog is in serious trouble and he is so delicate,  



OscarMQ
OscarMQ

Hello, my name is Susan. Please help my dog Oscar (Pug) who is 8 month old and just broke his femoral head bone (hip). The vet said a FHO surgery needs to be done as soon as possible. But I cannot afford the cost of the surgery and post-care. Anyone of you could help me out a little would be very appreciated. Page Link_http://www.gofundme.com/nb5x38

t0uch007
t0uch007

Hello my name is Debra Woods, I have my Jack Russell who is fourteen years of age. She is having eye problems (cataracts). I have no money for the surgery for her eyes. I am divorced and have been looking for a full time job now for two years. My dog has always been to the vet for everthing and for a time I could afford it but now I can't. I need help for this surgery which could cost up to $3200.00. I don't have my credit card any longer because I can barely pay my mortgage and keep utilities on. My dog is the love of my life. My vet says she is very good health since I have had many surgeries done in the past on her for growths. I have four dogs at home all little. I am so worried about how I am going to take care of them medically. If anyone could please help me I would be forever grateful. I want my dog to be with me as long as possible. She and the others are all I have left. My world has just crumbled around me for my mother died and my marriage ended all at the same time. If I did not have my dogs I don't think I would have made it this far. I contacted an eye surgeon in Birmingham Alabama that was made by my vet to take her. But I can't. If someone out their can help please let me know. You don't have to give me the money you can contact the Doctor in Birmingham. I can give you their name and number.I just want my baby to see again. She is not completely blind yet but time is crucial. PLEASE HELP ME!!!! My dogs name is Abbey and I have had her since she was a baby. My number is 256-283-1275.

velmajmartinez
velmajmartinez

Hello my name is Velma and i am looking for help for my 7 month old Maltese bichon that was struck by a car.  he needs surgery on his hind leg or they want to amputate it.  i don't have the funds to do it and i don't want to amputate his lil foot after working so hard to bring him back to life.  they wanted to euthanize him and i couldn't let them do it.  if there is anyone out there that can help, please... my contact number is 8324958567

LeahJanine
LeahJanine

Please help my poor baby girl get her surgery. My Nova is 1 years old and tore her cruciate ligament. Vet said if she doesn't get surgery its a lifetime filled with medications and arthritis :(. Anything helps, she send hugs and kisses!  http://www.gofundme.com/mdfz9g

401-280-0827

lbo789@aol.com 

Surgery is at the North Kingstown Animal Hospital in North Kingstown, RI on March 4th and is between $1800-$2000. I wish i had the funds to do it on my own but i don't. Thanks for the help, god bless.

TheresaPressimone
TheresaPressimone

Please help Thelma! She needs to have her cruciate ligament repaired. It was damaged while she was running through the yard fending off African killer bees.  http://www.gofundme.com/k8hz7w   or you can donate directly to her vet at 702-407-8311

retta328
retta328

Here is our girl Izzy, its hard to believe she is only 8 months old, she is a big girl already and I very strong.  I think that is what keeps her going, she puts all her weight on the right rear leg, but some days too much activity is too much for her.  She tries so hard to keep up with her brother and sisters.

DominiqueRoy
DominiqueRoy

Yesterday, I found out that my dog Zeus needs $7000 of surgery to repair cruciate ligament ruptures in both of his back legs. I have had him since he was eight weeks old, and he is now almost a year old. I love him very much and do not want to give him up or watch him suffer. His condition is deteriorating quickly and he is already having trouble walking and getting on and off the couch. He wants to play and watches us go for runs but cannot join us because his injury could get worse. The veterinarian recorded him as lame in both legs, but I don't want to give up on him because surgery is an option. As a college student, I do not have access to these funds, so I need your help to help Zeus. Any donation brings him closer to the surgery he needs to feel better again. Thank you for your support. http://www.gofundme.com/Savezeus1

DominiqueRoy
DominiqueRoy

Hi my name is Dominique Roy and Yesterday, I found out that my dog Zeus needs $7000 of surgery to repair cruciate ligament ruptures in both of his back legs. I have had him since he was eight weeks old, and he is now almost a year old. I love him very much and do not want to give him up or watch him suffer. His condition is deteriorating quickly and he is already having trouble walking and getting on and off the couch. He wants to play and watches us go for runs but cannot join us because his injury could get worse. The veterinarian recorded him as lame in both legs, but I don't want to give up on him because surgery is an option. As a college student, I do not have access to these funds, so I need your help to help Zeus. Any donation brings him closer to the surgery he needs to feel better again. Thank you for your support.

Janet zamudio
Janet zamudio

My name is Janet zamudio and I have a 7 year old pit bull and his eye is turning white I don't know what to do I think about it every day I just can't believe this is happening to my best friend in the world I'm super sad and I cry because I can't picture life with out him or him being blind poor of my doggy his name is( cupid ) he means the world to me and it will really mean the world to me if some one can help me please I feel like all I can do is pray for him I don't have the money to help my best friend cupid can some one please help me please

clydechips
clydechips

hello, my name is Robin and lm on a low fixed income,l have a family dog who is in need of surgery,She has a rectal tumor that needs to be remove this is my 78 year old mothers dog who lm helping to try get help for the dog we need 1000.00 for everything blood work,chest xrays.the operating room and medications the the dog nedd please help us, you can send me a message to my e-mail which is clydechips@verizon.net goodbless you all who will try and help us A.S.A.P. Thank you,Robin

LorieSturgillElswick
LorieSturgillElswick

http://www.gofundme.com/ggsvrw


this is for gigi. her human mom died, and she needs some dental work. I have saved a little bit, so I do not needs as much as is posted.  Thank you so much for any help. she appreciates it. If someone wants to see records I am more than happy to show you. 

RosieDiaz
RosieDiaz

To late my dog got put down vets.now s days are just in it for the money poor dog he was just a baby

tankmaximus
tankmaximus

Hello can someone please help pay for tanks surgery or tell me places that I can go to get help please. Fundly.com/help-fund-tanks-surgery

Gigigurl831
Gigigurl831

Hi. 

I don't know if this is an option for too many, but thought I'd post it anyway... I was just in Mexico, a place called Rocky Point ( aka Puerto Penasco). It is near the Sea of Cortez and just a couple of hours across the AZ/USA/ Mexico border. While I was there I was told that the Vet care is about a 1/3 of that of what we pay here. 

An American woman, who has lived in this very Americanized city for a couple of years, told me that her dog had had ACL surgery for $500 in Mexico and that in the States they wanted more than $2000 for the same surgery. The surgery went well and her dog has made a full recovery.  Maybe for those who are close enough, this could be an option. I'm sure that this is the case in many cities in Mexico.

For the record: we drove from San Diego to this town and it took about 8 hours. From Phoenix it's 4 hours. 

Good luck to you all. I"m facing a surgery that requires removing my dog's eye, and I've no idea how I'm going to pay for it. I may go back to Mexico. 

Annette Zamorano
Annette Zamorano

My dog Chihuahuahe needs surgery has a big bump under his neck we think it's a abscess it is purple been two weeks unemployed need help

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!?

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.

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,

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.

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.

YariDiaz
YariDiaz

Thank you so much I will check it out

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

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


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.

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