Every loving pet parent wants to give their dog the best care possible. It really hurts to see your pet in pain, believe me I know. Worse yet, if our faithful canine companion is diagnosed with cancer, which may be fatal. We want to pull out all the stops to get the treatment that is the most likely to help your pooch to turn the corner and get firmly on the path to remission, while minimizing their pain or discomfort.

What if you can’t afford the treatment your beloved pet desperately needs? That feeling of helplessness is one of the most gut-wrenching emotions you’ll ever experience. The reality is that the medical costs to treat cancer in dogs can be staggering sometimes but don’t despair, there are financial resources out there that you can tap into. While we don’t offer direct financial assistance for pets’ medical care, we’ve done the legwork and compiled a few options for you to consider.

The Magic Bullet Fund

Founded by Laurie Kaplan and named after her Siberian Husky, Bullet who was diagnosed with Lymphoma, this non-profit organization is dedicated to helping both dogs and cats with the cancer treatment they need, if you cannot afford to pay for the treatment.  Families applying for assistance must complete the process to verify diagnosis and the need for financial assistance. Magic Bullet Funds are not available for emergency use as the process takes from one to four weeks.

Live Like Roo

Live Like Roo is a non-profit founded by Sarah Lauch and named after a shelter dog she adopted that turned her life upside down! Live Like Roo supports dogs and their owners through a cancer diagnosis by providing financial and emotional assistance. Families must go through an application process and provide medical records. Grants range from $500 to $1500.

Bow Wow Buddies

This non-profit organization is a part of Camp Bow Wow. They offer funds up to $2500 to cover necessary medical care that a family might not be able to afford. Families must go through an application process and provide veterinary treatment plans and prognosis.

Zeus Oncology Fund

Zeus is a survivor of Adenocarcinoma and a successful rescue story. This Fund named in his honor, is a registered nonprofit that helps dogs needing cancer treatment. The Zeus Oncology Fund only helps dogs that have been rescued that have been spayed/neutered and have ended up in a foster home or permanent home. Families and rescues must go through an application process to be approved for a grant.

Paws 4 A Cure

Paws 4 A Cure is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping families that need non-routine veterinary financial assistance for their dog or cat.

The all-volunteer organization accepts applications from individuals and families who own a dog or cat that require veterinary care for illness or injury. Expenses that may be covered also include medication, insulin, Heartworm positive treatment, and medical equipment such as wheelchairs.

At the moment, donations to Paws 4 A Cure, like many other non-profits, are much lower than normal and there are more applications for financial assistance than ever, therefore the funding they can offer is extremely limited. As a result, if you are successful in getting your application for financial assistance approved, you may not receive the full amount for which you applied. The maximum assistance anyone in a Paws 4 A Cure one-time grant is $500.

It is important to note that Paws 4 A Cure does not provide assistance for any routine care, such as vaccinations, spaying/neutering or flea/tick, Heartworm preventative medication, routine dental care, and euthanasia. You are advised to ask your veterinary practice for low cost or free clinics offering this type of care.

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The Pet Fund

The Pet Fund is a registered non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals in the United States who need veterinary care.

The Pet Fund works only on non-basic, non-urgent care. This category includes medical needs such as cancer treatment, heart disease, chronic conditions, endocrine diseases, eye diseases, etc.

They typically have a waitlist for assistance. Eligible pet owners can apply for a one-time grant which must be for their pets with medical needs that match their care category and waitlist time.

Poodle Angels

Poodle Angels is a tax-exempt organization that aims to help poodles in a medical crisis receive the veterinary care they need. They rely solely on donations to render this assistance.

Through their Poodle Angel Vetcare Program, they raise funds to help pay for veterinary bills, which are paid directly to licensed veterinarians for individuals and families that cannot otherwise afford the necessary veterinary care, including medical, surgical, and emergency care for their beloved poodles.

CareCredit

This is a credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. There are several plan options for treatment or procedure fees from small amounts up to over $25,000. They reportedly offer plans and low monthly payments to fit your budget.

You can even avoid interest on purchases of $200 or more with certain shorter term financing options of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months when you make the minimum monthly payments and pay the full amount due by the end of the promotional period.

Check whether a location where you intend to make a payment accepts CareCredit.

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Scratchpay

Scratchpay is a patient financing solution rather than a credit card. Monthly payment amounts on your pet-specific loan depend on your term length, the amount financed, and APR.

Final Thoughts

We know it’s incredibly disturbing to hear the vet tell you that your furry friend has cancer. Investigating the treatment options and considering the cost can weigh you down.

The best course of action is to thoroughly research each of the options we’ve presented for potential financial support. We have compiled this list as a courtesy only but the services we’ve shared should not be considered a recommendation of any organization.

Your veterinarian or your local veterinary oncology specialty practice may be a good place to start when you want to learn about the sources of financial assistance in your area for your pet’s cancer care.

We hope this article helps to make your pet’s journey to recovery a bit smoother.

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