Financial Assistance

The Pet Fund wishes to provide our applicants for funding with every possible resource with which to develop financial independence. The Pet Fund is not responsible for the outcome of any involvement with any financial service associated with our website, but we do welcome you to make responsible decisions about which services might be appropriate for your individual financial situation. While the staff of The Pet Fund is unable to advise you regarding financial planning, we do encourage you to explore these potential solutions to avoid future fiscal crises. 

Helpful Resources for Financial Difficulties

  • Ask your veterinarian about setting up a payment plan for the needed medical treatment.
  • Register with a local temporary agency to obtain employment on a “temp” basis, or to pick up a part-time or second job to generate additional income.
  • Exchange services with family, friends or neighbors—for example, doing home repair, babysitting, or cleaning in exchange for payment for needed veterinary care.
  • Hold a garage sale to get rid of unused or unwanted appliances, furniture, equipment, etc.
  • Ask your credit card companies for an increase in your available credit.
  • Consider meeting with a credit counseling service if your credit rating is poor, or you have too much credit debt, to reduce your debt and arrange an affordable payment plan.
  • Consider consolidating your credit debt into a single loan, or refinancing your home to lower your total debt/monthly payment amount.
  • Apply to your bank or credit union for a short-term loan.
  • Inquire about your retirement account or other tax-sheltered account, to find out about penalties for early withdrawal of funds or increase in monthly dividends.
  • Temporarily reduce the amount of your paycheck going to employer contribution/retirement accounts if you are currently employed.
  • Evaluating your monthly budget can be useful - cutting “extras” like cable television fees, eating out, etc. can add up quickly. Make a list of essential needs; then temporarily cancel all extra expenditures.
  • Sell unwanted items of value on an internet auction site.
  • If you are employed, consider using a cash-advance service. Please be aware that some of these agencies charge outrageous interest rates, so be cautious using these types of services.
  • If you are unemployed, contact your local Employment Development Department to see if you qualify for benefits, including unemployment insurance, disability benefits, and employment assistance. Many EDD offices also offer paid training in a variety of fields which may help you to find both training and employment in a new field.
  • Check online employment sites for new job openings and opportunities. Updating your resume and gathering letters of recommendation from previous employers and associates will help you in your job search.
  • Call businesses in your area to inquire about any positions which may be open. Networking with your friends and family may also help you to find out about employment opportunities.

Emergency Assistance Resources & Health Care Services

Fundraising Resources

Planning for the Future

  • Consider meeting with a financial planning firm, credit counseling agency, insurance broker, or retirement planning service to design realistic budgets and goals for the future which will enable you to become financially independent.
  • Set up a savings account to plan for all future emergencies, including veterinary care. Ideally you should be able to save at least 10% of your monthly budget for this account.
  • Consider veterinary insurance – There are several pet insurance programs available nationally. Some of these plans are helpful for a variety of medical issues. However, coverage is limited and these programs will not substitute for having a savings account in place. Be sure to read the fine print about medical problems which are considered pre-existing or which are not covered by your policy.
  • Budget a monthly allowance for preventative veterinary care. Regular "well-pet" checkups and good preventative care practices will help avoid medical crises for your pet in future.

HSUS - Humane Society of the United States

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The Humane Society of the United States - The following HSUS link provides links for pet assistance organizations in each state, including spay and neuter and basic care resources:



GoodCharlie is a new breed of energy provider in Texas with the mission to make Texas the best place for a dog (and cat) to live. This means when you become one of their residential electricity customers – a member of their “Pack” – you’ll also receive completely free Pack Benefits to help care for your pets as well as pets in need. These free benefits include:

1. Free, unlimited 24/7 virtual access to licensed veterinarians.
2. Free $750 emergency fund for a life-threatening vet bill.
3. GoodCharlie donates to local animal welfare organizations, including The Pet Fund, every month! 

If you want to get more than just electricity from your Texas energy provider, check out GoodCharlie. Compare their electricity rates against the big dogs at 

Use Promo Code “RESCUE50” during enrollment for $50 off your first full billing cycle and $50 will be donated to The Pet Fund when you choose us as your beneficiary.

ADSA - Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program


California Department of Social Services Assistance Dog Special Allowance (ADSA) Program. The Assistance Dog Special Allowance (ADSA) Program provides a monthly payment of $50 to eligible persons who use a guide, signal, or service dog to help them with needs related to their physical disabilities. The allowance is to help pay the costs of food, grooming, and health care for the dogs. This program, available to residents of California, will provide these funds monthly toward the care of registered service dogs.

Phone: (916) 657-2628

The Healthwell Foundation

WFPF HealthWell Foundation

The nonprofit Healthwell Foundation provides help with medical insurance payments and medical expenses not covered by insurance (for human medical debt only, not for veterinary bills). For information, click here:

RIP Medical Debt


The nonprofit RIP Medical Debt provides a debt registry where they may be able to assist with paying off medical debt (for human medical debt only, not for veterinary bills). For information about the registry, click here:

Medicare & Medicaid


Navigating Medicare and Medicaid - A Resource Guide for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates. An invaluable resource guide for persons with disabilities covering all aspects of Medicare and Medicaid. Reprinted with permission of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.


Keeping Medicare and Medicaid When You Work


Keeping Medicare and Medicaid When You Work - A Resource Guide for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates. A companion resource guide to Navigating Medicare and Medicaid. A critical tool for persons or families who need information about guidelines for Medicare and Medicaid while maintaining employment. Reprinted with permission of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.


United States Department of Veterans Affairs

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United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 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 dogs.

Link to Dept. of Veterans Affairs FAQ page on service dogs: