Financial Assistance and Resources

Discovering that your dog has cancer is devastating and stressful.  Not being able to afford treatment for your dog is heart wrenching beyond words. Given the rising cost of cancer care for dogs, it is not surprising that many people are not able to pay for even basic treatments and therefore may chose to euthanize or give up their pets.  Others make very difficult trade-offs in order to acquire much needed veterinary services.

Below we have compiled a list or organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners during times of crisis.  Most of these organizations have specific requirements in order to qualify for funding. In addition, please be aware that the process of applying for and receiving funding may take some time. However, for those with limited financial resources, these organizations may mean the difference between life and death so we encourage you to seek assistance if you need it.

If you are fortunate enough to be in a situation where you can help others financially, please consider a donation to these groups. They play a critical role in the lives of dogs who need help.

We have also provided some ideas to help you organize your own personal fund raising initiatives
should you not qualify for assistance or need resources beyond what they organizations can fund.  

We encourage you not to give up hope.  It can be very difficult raising the money that you need but there are many people who may be willing to help you.  The most important advice we can give you is to not be shy about asking for help and/or money.  Getting the funds you need may take a large dose of persistence. 

Resource Links

State by State Assistance Programs can be found on the Humane Society of the United States Website:(please note not all of these will assist with cancer treatments)

Actors and Others for Animals Southern CA only.

Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society  A registered charity in Alberta, Canada that is devoted to making cancer treatment for pets a reality. The Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund (in loving memory of a very special dog), was developed by ACTSS to insure that all pets, can receive cancer therapies, regardless of their owner's income.

Animal Care Foundation  A community-based nonprofit organization in Englewood, CO that promotes the human-animal bond through programming that provides emotional, medical and financial support to help people and animals heal one another.

American Boxer Rescue Association The ABRA Boxer ER Fund has been set up for assistance for rescued boxers, from any rescue group. Each application will be assessed individually. These guidelines will be followed to determine if the dog is eligible for assistance through the ABRA Boxer ER Fund.

Blue Cross Veterinary services are available to pets in the U.K. whose owners are on means-tested benefits or low incomes.  The Blue Cross is not government or local authority funded, but relies on money raised through donations, legacies and other fundraising activities. We therefore ask that clients give a contribution towards the cost of their animals' treatment, vaccination or microchipping.

Brown Dog Foundation Offers pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative when their pets face a treatable but life-threatening condition or illness.

Canine Cancer Awareness Raises awareness of the prevalence of canine cancer, its effects and treatment options and helps dog owners pay for veterinary care for dogs with cancer.

CorgiAid A nonprofit organization founded to provide financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes.

DaisyCares A program designed to provide struggling families and individuals with pet food assistance for their pets.

Doberman911 An organization of people with a common goal of helping senior and special needs Dobermans that need may be financial or it may be only information and/or moral support for the owner of a Doberman with a serious illness or injury.

Emma's Foundation A 501c3 charitable organization based out of Vermont that provides financial funding to dog owners in VT who do not have the financial ability to pay for their dogs cancer treatments.  Assistance is based on financial need and Emma's foundation pays the veterinarian bill on behalf of the dog owner.

FACE Foundation San Diego, CA only.  A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity, whose mission is to enhance and preserve the quality of life of animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education. Based on established criteria, FACE provides financial grants to animal owners who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet's emergency or critical care.

God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity  Spreads God’s compassion to all animals God has made according to the scriptures.

Handicapped Pets Foundation  The Handicapped Pets foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the health and well-being of elderly, disabled, and injured pets. We donate mobility equipment to pets in need.

IAADP   IAADP has established an emergency veterinary fund to provide financial aid to United States IAADP Partner Members whose assistance dogs require high cost veterinary intervention beyond their ability to pay.

IMOM   Their mission is to better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. Fights for the lives of companion animals who are at risk of being euthanized because their caretakers are financially challenged.

Jake Brady Memorial Fund  Dedicated to providing financial support to companion animals in need for the prevention and treatment of major health ailments. Ensuring the ability to receive quality treatment and provide for the well being of companion animals will always be our primary objective.

Labrador Harbor   Labrador Harbor is committed to providing assistance to Labrador Retrievers of all ages, in permanent homes or within a California based non-profit rescue organization.

Labrador Lifeline Recognizes the tremendous need to aid those purebred Labrador Retrievers in need of new homes, urgent medical care, or other assistance in order to live a full and productive life.

Land of Pure Gold  Assistance for Golden Retrievers with cancer

Magic Bullet Fund  Provides financial assistance for canine cancer treatment when the family is financially unable to provide treatment.

PDSA  The UK's leading veterinary charity, caring for more than 350,000 pet patients belonging to people in need.

Pit Bull Rescue Central (PBRC) The PBRC website is a virtual shelter and resource for owners and caretakers of American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and pit bull mixes.
Red Rover Relief   Helps pet owners care for their animals in life-threatening situations.

Save U.S. Pets  NJ only. Save U.S. Pets Foundation was founded by the dedicated veterinarians of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital who recognized the need to establish a source of financial assistance for families who otherwise would not be able to provide lifesaving care for their pets.

Smiling Blue Skies  A special cancer fund has been set up through the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund to honor a special Golden Retriever named Blues Man.

Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation  Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization raising money for families who need financial support for the cost of cancer treatment for their pet as well as increasing the public’s knowledge of canine cancer.

The Acme Foundation  Helping dogs in treatment at Clearlake Veterinary Clinic, in Lake County, CA.

The Farley Foundation  Established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) in 2001, the Farley Foundation (a registered charity) assists seniors and disabled persons on limited incomes in Ontario, Canada with the necessary treatment of their pets. In 2007, the Foundation expanded its criteria to assist the pets of women at risk of abuse (and their children) who are participating in OVMA’s SafePet Program. The Farley Foundation honors the human-animal bond and seeks to help those who most benefit from pet ownership.

The Goldstock Fund   Their mission is to provide funds to rescue organizations or individuals to pay for transportation, boarding, evaluations and medical costs of golden retrievers and golden hearted dogs taken into rescue.

The Mosby Foundation  Assists in the care of sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.

The Pet Fund  Provides financial assistance to pet owners who cannot afford expensive surgery or medical treatment that their pets need.

WestieMed, Inc. Helping rescued Westies in need of medical attention is our Mission.