Helpful Resources

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Below is a list of helpful resources for information and financial assistance. Click on their name to be re-directed to their website. Also check their list of resources.

There are six sections below:
  • United States Department of Veteran Affairs is for military veterans only.
  • General Assistance is for all illnesses and injuries.
  • Cancer Assistance is for all programs that handle cancer diagnoses only.
  • Emergency Pet Food Assistance is for Massachusetts residents that need emergency help.
  • Additional Resource is everything else...
Below is a long list of programs that provide financial assistance for veterinary care and other resources that a former Paws Recipient created.
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United States Department of Veterans Affairs
This is for Veterans who have service dogs, Title 38 Section 1714 enables veterans to ask their caseworkers to file VA Form 10-2641 in order to receive financial assistance for veterinary care of service animals. See question #4 when clicking on this link.

General Assistance
Copied from Frankie's Friends "If your pet is being treated at a BluePearl Pet Hospital, please inquire directly with their management team about the criteria for the Hope Fund program instead of applying for assistance online. 

If your pet is being treated at a Banfield Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, Veterinary Emergency Group location, or Planned Pethood in Wheatridge, CO, please inquire with their staff for assistance instead as they have their own financial assistance programs for clients in need." 

Download a coupon for a free first visit to a Banfield clinic
This section copied from the Humane Society's website

If your animal requires emergency veterinary care and you cannot afford treatment, contact nearby veterinary colleges that may have programs. If you are unsure what qualifies as emergency veterinary care, call your veterinarian and describe the symptoms.

Working with veterinarians - Negotiate a payment plan with your vet. If you're a client in good standing, they may be happy to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan. However, a vet you've never been to may not agree to such a plan.

Get a second opinion. You may pay a consultation fee, but another vet may have other, less expensive ways to treat your pet.

Use a vet in a less expensive area. Vets in smaller towns may charge lower fees.

Check out local veterinary schools. Many run low-cost clinics for limited income clients.
Banfield Foundation
The Banfield Foundation has a resource list for pet owners seeking assistance with veterinary costs and basic care. Learn more about these programs and for a state-by-state listing of additional programsDownload a coupon for a free first visit to a Banfield clinic
Bond's Fund
"Bond’s Fund financial assistance is used specifically for the treatment of ophthalmic conditions, and does not cover primary or preventative care, diagnostic testing, the initial exam, or ongoing monthly medications. Bond’s Fund may assist with the cost of treatment either for inherited conditions, including cataracts or glaucoma, or for acquired ones caused by trauma or infections."
Brown Dog Foundation
“Offers pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative to euthanasia when their pet faces a treatable but life-threatening condition or illness in order to restore quality of life for pet and owner.”
Frankie’s Friends
“Frankie’s Friends Fund provides financial assistance grants to family owned pets in need of lifesaving emergency or specialty veterinary care whose caregivers cannot afford the full cost of treatment. This program is designed to help with the treatment of emergency and specialty medical conditions where the pet would otherwise suffer, be euthanized, or relinquished without proper veterinary care. Frankie’s Friends does not fund primary care, preventative care, vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or treatment of chronic diseases or medications to support lifelong ailments. Hope Funds are used specifically for the treatment of life threatening conditions."

Paws 2 Help
“Our ultimate goal is no unwanted, homeless or abused companion animals. Our emphasis to achieve this end is primarily, but not confined to: spay/neuter, and public information and education. Secondarily, we endeavor to make basic veterinary care available to ALL pets in need, regardless of their owner’s ability to pay.” – West Palm Beach and Jupiter, FL Only

"PetLuv is a private, nonprofit corporation founded in 1996. The primary mission is to offer affordable spay and neuter services that will help prevent unwanted animals from being born only to suffer and die." - Brooksville, FL Only

RedRover Relief
"Preserving the human-animal bond by providing financial assistance, resources and support to low-income individuals and survivors of domestic violence and their pets, so families can escape together and stay together."
SeniorCare, Inc.
SeniorCare, Inc. Area Agency on Aging operates the Pawsitive Connections Program, which provides information and services to elders and their pets.  Grants are small, must be invoiced directly to the program (no reimbursements to consumers), paid directly to the animal’s care provider, and are limited to pet owners aged 60 or older. - 
Massachusetts Only
Shakespeare Animal Fund
We help elderly, disabled and those whose total income does not exceed the current poverty guidelines to obtain emergency pet care. We pay the veterinarian directly, reducing out of pocket costs for low income pet owners who need to save their pet's life. - Florida Only
"The Mosby Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, to assist in the care of critically sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education."
The Pet Fund
The goal of the Pet Fund is to provide financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.”

The Pongo Fund
Oregon and Washington
"The Pongo Fund provides free lifesaving care for hundreds of animals each year thanks to a mobile medical hospital and network of dedicated veterinarians and medical professionals. On board are two surgical areas, dental equipment, full laboratory, digital xray, pharmacy and more."
Cancer Assistance
Kubanda Cryotherapy at John Hopkins has chosen Paws 4 A Cure as their designated charitable organization to work with!

Are you in the Baltimore, Maryland area with a dog or cat with cancer? Kubanda Cryotherapy is running free clinical trials at the Center for Image Guided Animal Therapy at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. Cryotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that lets pets skip the scalpel. A small cryoprobe is inserted into the tumor and extreme cold is used to selectively freeze and kill the affected tissue. They are treating: Canine and Feline Mammary Cancer, Lipomas, Sarcomas, and other subcutaneous masses. Mast Cell Tumors, Osteosarcomas, and masses on the head or paws are not included in this study. Dogs and cats of any breed and sex are eligible. To connect with the study, message [email protected] or visit their website at to learn more about the clinical trial.

Veterinarians, are you interested but not in the greater Baltimore area? Contact [email protected] to see about becoming a pilot site in your area. This would bring more treatment options for your clients. With the high cost of oncology care, the clinical trial would help alleviate the financial burden for the pet parent so that their furchild can receive the treatment that they need.

Pet Parents, do you want to bring cryotherapy to your area? Contact [email protected]
Canine Cancer Awareness
“Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc. is a tax-deductible non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the prevalence of canine cancer, its effects and the available treatment options. Donations made to Canine Cancer Awareness are used for veterinary care for dogs with cancer whose families are financially unable to provide treatment.”

Emma's Foundation For Canine Cancer
"We provide financial assistance to dog owners who are financially challenged and are unable to pay for the canine cancer treatments of their dogs. Our assistance is based on financial need and we currently are helping Vermont and Florida Residents Only."

Fetch A Cure
“FETCH provides financial aid to families unable to bear the cost of the life-saving treatments for their pets that have been diagnosed with cancer through the Companions in Crisis program. FETCH continues to work towards providing more accessible treatment options for all within our community.” - 
 Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and pets who have a confirmed diagnosis of cancer.
Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Fund
"created to assist owners and families of pets who are in need of cancer treatment with a good prognosis to return to a normal quality of life."
"KarmaSue’s mission is to provide education, counseling, and financial support to Coloradan families that have companion animals living with cancer in an effort to honor the human-animal connection." - Colorado Residents Only
Kyle's Legacy
"Our mission is to support research facilities looking for innovative ways to treat and cure canine cancer by fundraising, and to help families in need fight early stage canine cancer by offering financial aid." - Massachusetts Residents Only

Land of PureGold 'Working Dog' Cancer Treatment Grants
“Grants are $1,000 per individual working dog, the reimbursements provided directly to respective veterinary personnel for oncology related expenses in the United States and Canada. Applicants MUST BE active working dogs, that is, in the areas of assistance, detection, search & rescue, enforcement, military work, or animal-assisted therapy.”
Live Like Roo Foundation
The Live Like Roo Foundation provides financial assistance to help cover healthcare costs related to cancer treatment in the form of grants, ranging from $500 - $1500 per qualified applicant and are awarded on a monthly basis after a complete review of this application and the relevant medical records.

Riedel & Cody Fund
“The Riedel & Cody Fund (RCF) offers grants and matching grants to families who cannot afford the cost of their pet’s cancer care.  Families who apply for grant funding must have a combined household income of less than $50,000 and must have a cancer diagnosis from a Board Certified Veterinary Oncologist.”

The Magic Bullet Fund
“Magic Bullet Fund (MBF) provides financial assistance for canine cancer treatment only when the family is unable to pay for treatment. We help only when the dog would not be able to have (or complete) cancer treatment without our assistance. Most families contribute some portion of the treatment fees and MBF contributes the amount that the family cannot pay.”

For a comprehensive list per state, please click HERE and HERE.
Emergency Pet Food Assistance
Pibble's Kibble
Massachusetts Only
"Pibble’s Kibbles goal is to assist other humans and their pets with emergency food assistance. If a family should fall on hard times and become uncertain as to how they will afford their pet’s next meal, we will be there for them. Instead of agonizing this family can turn to Pibble’s Kibbles Pet Food Pantry for temporary relief, and rest-assured knowing that their pet-pal will receive that next meal."
Sophie's Mission
Massachusetts Only
"We are a non-profit organization that provides pet owners who are experiencing financial difficulties with necessary pet food and related items."
The Pongo Fund
Oregon and Washington
“The Pet Food Bank is the heart and soul of The Pongo Fund. A no frills warehouse packed with thousands of bags of super-premium and nutritious dog and cat food. Staffed by a volunteer driven team that gives from the heart. It is a place filled with love. Love and food. Food that stands at the ready to be shared with those struggling to keep their own pets fed. Because when people must choose what to cut from their grocery lists, pets often are among those that suffer most.”
Additional Resources

Angell Animal Medical Center

The Pain Medicine service at Angell Animal Medical Center offers treatment for companion animals with discomfort that negatively affects their quality of life, regardless of their primary diagnosis. Many of our patients have complex medical issues that complicate treatment for pain. Some owners seek help in accurately determining whether their animals are in pain and how much they are suffering. Many of our patients are nearing the end of their life and this service helps pet owners decide on comfort care measures and address quality of life concerns.

The Oncology service at Angell Animal Medical Center
Angell's board-certified veterinary oncologists are committed to improving your companion’s quality of life in an atmosphere of caring and compassion. They work together with our board-certified anesthesiologist, surgeons, in-house pathologists and Pain Medicine clinic to provide maximum comfort and safety for patients. This includes routine use of Vascular Access Ports to more comfortably administer treatment (less needles!), and Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). IMRT shapes radiation beams with such precision that nearby structures (eyes, heart, etc.) remain unharmed, and side effects are drastically minimized.

With a referral letter from Paws 4 A Cure it will give you a 15% discount at 
Angell Animal Medical Center. Paws 4 A Cure acceptance letter must be presented at the time of service. 

Our goal is to provide the highest quality orthotics, prosthetics, and pain management devices to assist your pet in regaining his/her quality of life. We stand by our products, which is why all of our devices are backed by a six month to a year long warranty to ensure the best quality.

Pet Cancer Support Group - on Facebook under Pet Cancer Support
"The Pet Cancer Support Group is a group of caring, knowledgeable pet owners who know what you're going through right now, and who are there to share the journey with you. Members include people whose pet has recently been diagnosed, and those who have already fought the battle....including some great success stories of dogs who have faced overwhelming odds and beaten cancer." 

Walgreens Prescription Savings Club
"Save on pet medications for chronic conditions like arthritis, epilepsy and diabetes. Plus, members earn 10% reward on Walgreens brand products."
Dog Food Advisor
"The Dog Food Advisor is a public service website designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food. We know who actually makes each dog food, the brand’s recall history and the company’s safety practices. We know how to read labels… and how to correctly interpret a recipe’s nutritional content. We also know how to find out where the ingredients come from, which additives are safe and which ones are toxic… Plus dozens of other important facts and statistics about every product." Sign up for their recall alerts.
California Pet Pharmacy
"Save Up to 70% On Pet Medications at California Pet Pharmacy
  • Same medications as your vet’s office but less expensive.
  • We do all the work in getting your vet’s Rx approval.
  • Located in Hayward, California & licensed to ship pet medications to ALL 50 states.
  • Use "GoodRx12" at checkout for additional discounts on select meds."
Tiny Paws Fresno
Tiny Paws Fresno is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization & charity that was created to raise both awareness and money to help save these pets lives by offering financial assistance to help alleviate the high cost of upfront fees for critical life-saving emergency treatments. We also support our community that offers socialization, education and resources by promoting the value of owning a dog; creating fun and educational experiences with dogs, and helping current owners become better owners.

365 Pet Insurance
“At 365 Pet Insurance, our mission is to be an impartial knowledge base on all things Pet Insurance. Currently, only four percent of pet owners carry a pet insurance policy, and we seek to help pet owners understand the, at times, confusing landscape of pet insurance. We take a logical approach to policies, carriers and pet health in general, helping break down insurance jargon and allowing you to gain access to real customer insights and reviews so when you are picking a pet insurance policy, you can make the best decision.”

MetLife Pet Insurance
"At MetLife Pet Insurance, we get it—pets are like family. We know how difficult it can be when a member of the family becomes sick or injured. When you and your pet need us most, we'll be there with comprehensive plans, robust coverage and a team of caring and passionate pet advocates—many who are pet parents themselves—to help."
"Does your pet take medication that can be picked up at the local pharmacy, then you can use the free discount prescription drug card for your pets. You can use the same card to purchase PET ONLY medications by accessing the website on the card."

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