Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Who Can Help Pay Expensive Vet Bills?

Dear Porky and Buddy,
Help! My cat needs expensive surgery to correct a problem from an injury that occurred before I rescued him. I just can’t afford the whole bill right now.Can the Humane Society help me?

Dear Adam,
We have talked about this problem before, but it doesn’t hurt to update this important information as programs change all the time.

Here at the Humane Society, we frequently get calls from pet owners or their vets about animals in need of expensive veterinary care that the owners truly cannot afford. When our finances permit, we try to help by covering a small portion of the expense, but we prioritize our limited funds toward improving our spay/neuter clinic program and caring for homeless and abandoned animals.

We are happy, therefore, to provide the following list of programs whose priority is helping pet owners with these kinds of veterinary expenses.

We have not tried to access any of these services as they are intended for individuals, not animal welfare groups.

But we hope they are helpful to you and that you will pass this list on. or, better yet, let us know if you find a helpful program.

First go to the HSUS or the Best Friends Animal Society for general information and links about financial assistance for veterinary care.



Care Credit

CareCredit, offers no fee, interest free loan plans (for periods up to 36 months) with a low monthly payment for veterinary medicine. These plans can be very helpful and are much lower in costs than credit cards, bank loans, etc. They also offer loans for longer periods at a rate of 14.9% interest. You need to ask your veterinary hospital if they participate. If not the care credit website lists participating veterinarians.


Shamrock Animal Fund

The Shamrock Animal Fund helps pet owners pay for veterinary assistance on a case by case basis in Syracuse and Central New York.


RedRover Relief

The RedRover Relief program provides financial and emotional support to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets.


The Pet Fund

Provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. Owners need to complete an application and funding agreement and provide proof of income. Vets will have to sign a waiver and provide an estimate of treatment costs. They advise you to call first (916) 443-6007. Grants are capped at $500.


We hope one of these works out for you.

In the meantime, stay healthy  by coming to Every Dog Has Its Day on October 19 at Fallbrook Recreation Center – the annual 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Family Walk and People and Pets Celebration.

Sign in starts at 11 a.m. and it’s much smoother and less expensive if you pre-register.

Find out more and sign up at http://www.oswegohumane.org/

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!