When family pets become foreclosure victims…
They’re found waiting on front lawns and locked inside foreclosed homes. Abandoned family pets are the latest victims of the mortgage crisis…and Best Friends is busy helping families keep their pets rather than leaving them behind or taking them to the local shelter.
Check out resources for families facing foreclosure:
Organizations that offer financial assistance for owners or caregivers who cannot afford vet care.
- Pet Assistance Foundation
- Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals (Penny Adams)
- Vet Assist (Cynthia Starkovsky) Phone: 858.452.9420
- S. Ford Foundation
- American Animal Hospital AssociationThe heartbreak happens all too often a pet owner is unable to afford treatment and their sick or injured companion animal pays the price. If the owner is elderly, disabled or on a fixed income, the cost of care may be too much of a stretch for their pocketbook. Perhaps they have been victimized by crime, property loss or a job layoff and are experiencing a temporary financial hardship making it too difficult to afford pet care. And some animals, brought to clinics by Good Samaritans, don’t have an owner to pay for treatment. Whatever the situation, the fact remains the same: When sick or injured animals are unable to receive veterinary care, they suffer. Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship.
- Angels 4 Animals Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. “At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.”
- Care Credit A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. “CareCredit, the leader in patient/client financing, has helped more than 3 million patients/clients get the treatment or procedures they needed and wanted. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.” Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
- The NEED:Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion.
- The HELP:The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes. 1641 Elizabeth Lane Yuba City, CA 95993 Fax: 888.301.4264
- Help-A-Pet “Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. For lonely seniors, physically/mentally challenged individuals and children of working parents, pets represent much more than a diversion.” P. O. Box 244 Hinsdale, Illinois 60521 Phone: 630.986.9504 Fax: 630.986.9141
- IMOM (In Memory of Magic) Mission Statement: Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. ” We are dedicated to insuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.” PO Box 282 Cheltenham, MD 20623 Phone: 866.230.2164 Fax: 301.599.1852
- The Pet Fund The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or emergency vet visits. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.
- United Animal Nations The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans, rescue groups and caregivers who take in sick or injured animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low- or no-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care. P.O. Box 188890 Sacramento, CA 95818 Phone: 916.429.2457 Fax: 916.429.2456
- HandicappedPets.com From time to time, HandicappedPets.com recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help. There are those who are so selflessly dedicated to their animal families that they give up a little more than they can afford.
AREA-SPECIFIC FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles area:
- Actors and Others for Animals is a Southern California community-based organization serving the greater Los Angeles area. Among other services, the organization provides financial assistance for emergency medical procedures for those of limited income.
- Sue Freeman's Guide to Rescue Cats website contains a list of pet financial-assistance resources in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.
If you have a specific breed of dog, contact the national club for that breed. In some cases, these clubs offer a veterinary financial assistance fund. Here are a few websites for groups that provide financial assistance for specific breeds.
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Doberman (special needs)
- Great Pyrenees
- Labrador Retriever
- Labrador Retriever
- Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier
- Diabetes IMOM Diabetic Pet Fund
- Diabetes Diabetic Pet Fund
- IMOM Blind Dogs Fund
- IMOM Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) Kitties Fund
- Special Needs Cats Cats in Crisis
- Kidney (Renal) Disease Cats in Crisis Mesa Fund
- Heart & Thyroid Cats in Crisis Stripes Fund
- Neurological conditions & mobility impairments Cats in Crisis
- Assistance Dog Partners