Last week, I wrote about my newest cat Pepe, and asked my readers to help pay for his medical care. Pepe’s plight opened my eyes to the struggles of pet guardians with sick or injured pets. I am grateful and fortunate to have raised $570 out of $1000 of medical expenses, through generous donations for Pepe’s Medical Fund made by Pepe’s angels: family, friends, and my readers.
My efforts to raise money for Pepe’s medical needs have led me to several financial resources for Good Samaritans or pet guardians with sick or injured pets. It’s important to note that most of these organizations will not pay for routine vet care or spay/neuter services. Most will also not provide financial assistance for animals with cancer. I have found angels for my cat willing to help him, perhaps these resources can help you find similar angels for your pets in need.
Resources for people living in San Diego, CA:
- San Diego Animal Support Foundation can post the pets information on their website and collect tax deductible donations towards that pets care. Once the money is raised, they write a check directly to the treating veterinarian.
- The Foundation for Animal Care and Education provides financial assistance for people with sick or injured animals. They do not provide money for diagnostic purposes or to treat animals with cancer. To find out if your case qualifies, call 858-450-3223.
- Pet Assistance will not help with radiation treatment. To find out if they can help your sick or injured animal, call 619-544-1222. They don’t appear to accept messages so if you don’t get anyone on the line, or it is busy, keep trying.
- Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals is another local organization that helps pet owners cover the cost of care. To find out if you qualify, call 619-466-9137 between 8 PM – 9 PM.
People nationwide also have many resources available. This is only a partial list:
- The Pet Fund requires people to call 916-443-6007 before beginning an application process. They only fund non-basic, non-emergency care and have a long waiting list of applicants.
- Help-A-Pet helps physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens and children of the working poor. An application must be printed, signed and snail mailed to them.
- Cats in Crisis provides cat owners financial assistance for cats diagnosed kidney disease, thyroid disease, heart disease, or mobility or neurological conditions. People applying must also show proof of financial need or an explanation of extenuating circumstances.
- Cody’s Club is one of the few groups that provides financial support for people who’s pet faces radiation treatment. They only pay for the radiation part of the pets medical care.
- Angels 4 Animals provides financial assistance for caretakers who “find themselves in difficult financial situations.”
- Tails of Hope has a Sponsor-A-Pet Program that “underwrites the cost of veterinary care for companion animals suffering from cancer or other life-threatening diseases whose owners cannot afford to pay for such care.”
- Morris Animal Foundation does not provide financial assistance, but lists many other groups that do.
If you have a sick or injured pet, I hope the resources above will help you through your financial crisis. As for my own struggle raising money for Pepe, I called many of the above organizations and they wouldn’t help because he has cancer. I’m also waiting to hear back from a few others that haven’t returned my calls. As frustrating as it is to get rejected repeatedly, I’m still trying to raise money for Pepe’s treatment and with your help I’m hopeful I’ll raise enough money to cover his veterinary care.
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