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Charitable Organizations and Emergency Financial Assistance
Because tragedy can strike at any time, we have listed several charitable and emergency financial assistance and low income sponsored organizations below who may be able to help if you and your pet need assistance and are in crisis. Many of these have strict guidelines and wait lists for those in need so please inquire with them directly if you have questions or would like to see if you qualify for aid. For immediate financial assistance we highly recommend applying for Care Credit- a medical line of credit with interest-free and monthly payment options. You may apply online at CareCredit.com
Many of these organizations rely solely on donations so we also encourage those who may be seeking an animal related organization to contribute to this year, to please consider one of these generous organizations.
Imom – Because of the downturn in the economy they can only aid in cases of life-threatening emergencies – which must be confirmed in writing by a veterinarian. They require the applicant to try Care Credit first. They have a separate section that allows people to put their case to the public and ask for aid that way.
United Animal Nations– Has a LifeLine Crisis Relief program, check to see if you meet qualifications. Animal's needs must be directly related to a disaster emergency. They also have Lifeline Rescue Grants for individuals. The pet must have a verifiable, life-threatening issue with a good prognosis and the owner must be able to show financial need.
FACE Foundation - The FACE Foundation provides financial assistance to animal owners who are unable to cover the full cost of their pets’ critical or emergency veterinary care.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program – Requirements include life-threatening illness or injury or one that severely compromises quality of life, but is also considered treatable by the veterinarian. Full funding is rarely available and they expect the owner to contribute what they can.
The Pet Fund– They do NOT fund emergencies (due to time constraints), basic care such as spay/neutering, procedures already in progress, rescue animals not already adopted, horses. They have strict sign up policies and guidelines. Please see their website for specifics.
AAHA – The veterinarian must apply for a grant to treat the animal of a financially challenged individual. The pet owner cannot apply themselves.
Care Credit – Essentially a medical credit card. Upon approval of your application, they pay the veterinarian directly while you pay Care Credit off over time- interest free options available.
Handicapped Pets – Provides information and assistance for caregivers of handicapped pets.
Cats in Crisis – Not accepting aid requests at this time due to a lack of contributions.
Angels 4 Animals – Program Guardian Angel assists when an animal is facing euthanasia or surrender due to lack of finances. The clinic must be willing to work with Angels 4 Animals to verify need.
The Magic Bullet Fund – Finances canine cancer treatments. They also have some good information on alternative funding sources.
Seattle/King County Humane Society Pet Project– This supplies assistance to the pets of people with AIDS. They also have a Pet Food Bank for seniors and low-income individuals.
Cody’s Club– This is mostly a support group/information site for dogs with cancer. They do provide some limited financial aid for radiation treatments.
Doney Memorial Pet Clinic – Located at the Union Gospel Mission Shelter at 318 2nd Avenue Extension South, Seattle, 98104. This is financial aid for pets of very low income and homeless individuals. Open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. (206) 622-5177.
Budkis Charbonneau Living Memorial Fund – Assists low-income seniors with emergency veterinary care. (425) 226-7285
WSU Good Samaritan Fund- The Good Samaritan Fund is used exclusively to treat stray or special needs animals that, ideally but not exclusively, also present a teaching opportunity for WSU students. Good Samaritan funds are only awarded for treatment of animals at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.
Concern for Animals– Thurston, Lewis and Mason counties only. Provides assistance with veterinary bills, animal feed, boarding or permanent placement. Call 360-456-8176 for more information.
Spay To Save - To end homelessness, suffering and killing of dogs and cats by providing high quality, accessible and affordable, spay and neuter resources to the Olympic Peninsula. (360) 928-2501