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San Diego Humane Society

Financial Assistance for Veterinary Care

These resources are provided as a benefit to our animal-loving community. References listed here for any specific product, process, or service is for the information and convenience of our website visitors and does not constitute any kind of endorsement or recommendation by SDHS.


Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE)
Financial grants for emergency, life-saving vet care. Must have a diagnosis and treatment plan in place, with a good prognosis for recovery. Must apply to Care Credit first.

Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals (FCIA)
Case-by-case funding for veterinary care for pet families with limited financial means. Must apply to Care Credit first.

Frosted Faces Funding
Financial assistance for vet care for senior dogs and cats, including ongoing medications and lifesaving procedures. Online application required.

Helping Paws Foundation
Financial assistance for active, retired and disabled military members facing financial hardship. Online application required.

Lionel’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue
Provides funding towards for vet care for senior clients (65 years or older) with a focus on senior dogs, but younger dogs and cats may also be accepted. Online application required.

MexiVet Express
Provides pet transport across the Mexico border for lower cost veterinary care. 

Rancho Coastal Humane Society
Veterinary care program offers financial assistance, resources and support to low-income seniors (60 years or older) in San Diego County.


**Bow Wow Buddies Foundation
Grants up to $2500 for serious conditions, excluding preventative care, spay/neuter surgeries, dental work, ongoing treatments or end-of-life care. Online application required.

Brown Dog Foundation
Small organization with limited funding for life-saving emergency veterinary care only. Priority is given to pet families who have a veterinarian that they see regularly. Online application required.

Discount card for prescription pet medication.

Frankie's Friends
Grants up to $1500 for emergency and specialty medical conditions that already have a diagnosis and treatment plan in place. Online application required.

Friends and Vets Helping Pets
Grants for pets with curable medical issues including broken bones and tumors. Online application required.

**The Mosby Foundation
Provides grants for dogs on a one-time basis for critical, non-emergency treatment that has not yet been performed. Online pre-application required.

Onyx & Breezy Foundation
Grants for veterinary care for families experiencing hardship. Must apply to Care Credit first.

PAWS 4 A Cure
Up to $500 grants for non-routine veterinary care for families experiencing hardship. Must apply to Care Credit first.

Pet Assistance, Inc. 
Grants for longtime pet owners whose companion animals have been diagnosed with an urgent or life-threatening medical issue. Online application required.

The Pet Fund
Grants for non-emergency, non-basic veterinary care, such as cancer treatment, heart disease or other chronic conditions. Email before applying.

Pets of the Homeless
Provides pet food, grants for urgent veterinary care and other support services for homeless pet families.

Grants around $250 provided for urgent veterinary care. Must have a diagnosis and treatment plan already in place. Online application required.

**Funding is available for dogs only


Credit card company for healthcare and veterinary care.

Instant decision on loans of up to $250 for 30 days, and proven borrowers up to $1,000.

Web-based veterinary financing service.

Wells Fargo Health Advantage
Credit card for vet care (apply online).


These websites can assist in creating a free online fundraiser for your pet's veterinary expenses.

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