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Veterinary staff examine a cat at a ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic. (Photo by Meredith Weiss)

Veterinary staff examine a cat at a ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Photo by Meredith Weiss

Low-Cost Veterinary Care

If you need financial assistance to help pay for veterinary care for your companion animals in the New York City area, there are programs available that can make routine care or emergency treatment more affordable.

Payment Plans

Ask your veterinarian if he/she can offer you a payment plan that would allow you to pay the bill over time.

Low-Cost Veterinary Care

Contact one or both of the following veterinary facilities to see if they might offer your companion animal veterinary care that is more affordable than your regular veterinarian:

ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics

$5 spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccination, nail trim, and e-collar on a mobile clinic in all five boroughs with proof of public assistance. $125 per animal if you are not on public assistance. If you are the owner of a Pit Bull, Pit mix, or large mixed breed dog, you are eligible for free spay/neuter surgery and rabies and distemper vaccinations, regardless of your financial need.

Phone: (877) SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692), press 1 for English, then 6 for an appointment. Monday–Friday, 3:00–8:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

ASPCA Animal Hospital

424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128

Phone: (212) 876-7700 x4200

The Humane Society of New York – Animal Clinic

306 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

Phone: (212) 752-4840

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) – Pet Help Partners

Phone: (917) 468-2938

Low-Cost Vet Mobile

Low-cost, full-service mobile veterinary clinic serving multiple New York City areas. Call for days, times, and locations.

Phone: (718) 353-1878

LuvMyPet.com

Some pet supply stores, such as Petco, Petland Discounts, and others, offer microchipping and vaccination clinics for dogs and cats. You can locate a clinic near you at www.LuvMyPet.com.

NassauRx Prescription Card

Phone: (516) 571-2677

Operation Pit

Free spay, neuter, or vasectomy surgeries to Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, along with optional free Distemper/Parvovirus vaccinations and free microchips.

Phone: (877) 900-PITS

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Many options are available for free or reduced-price spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs in New York City. Visit the Free & Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs & Clinics page for more information.

General Financial Assistance Programs

You or your veterinarian may contact any of the following organizations to see if you are eligible for financial assistance from them:

Vet-I-Care

P.O. Box 41, Clarksburg, NJ 08510

Web: www.vet-i-care.org

Phone: (609) 259-2230

E-Mail: eschuck@vet-i-care.org

Specialized Financial Assistance Programs

The following information describes other programs that offer pet owner/guardians financial help to pay for veterinary bills. Some of these programs are specific to locations in other areas of the county.

Most of the programs listed have detailed funding guidelines. The following summarizes the information. For more detailed descriptions of funding guidelines, visit the organization's website or contact them using the information provided below.

Help-A-Pet

P.O. Box 244, Hinsdale, IL 60522

Web: www.help-a-pet.org

Phone: (630) 986-9504

Limitations: Assistance focused on physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens, and children of the working poor.

In Memory of Magic

Web: www.imom.org

Limitations: No assistance with routine care or vet care already received; see full list of qualifications online. (Note: Once approved, can raise money from online community of supporters; must communicate online and respond to e-mails within 24 hours.)

Magic Bullet Fund

P.O. Box 2574, Briarcliff, NY 10510

Web: www.themagicbulletfund.org

E-mail: email@themagicbulletfund.org

Limitations: Only dogs after diagnosis of cancer; under 10 years old. Family must be incapable of funding cancer treatment without assistance and must correspond online everyday with caseworker and with online community of supporters.

The Pet Fund

1510 19th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Web: www.thepetfund.com

Phone: (916) 443-6007

E-mail: info@thepetfund.com

Limitations: No routine or preventative care and no treatment where the prognosis for survival beyond six months is 50% or less.

United Animal Nations LifeLine

P.O. Box 188890, Sacramento, CA 95818

Web: www.uan.org/lifeline/

Phone: (916) 429-2457

E-mail: info@uan.org

Limitations: No assistance with routine care, ongoing illness, testing/diagnosis, or if vet care already received and pet released from care; see full list of qualifications online.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program

1641 Elizabeth Lane, Yuba City, CA 95993

Web: www.fveap.org

E-mail: fveap@earthlink.net

Limitations: Cats/kittens only; life-threatening illnesses, injuries, or conditions or one that seriously compromises the quality of life. (Note: Contact them to see if they currently are accepting applications.)

Pit Bull Rescue Central

Web: www.pbrc.net

Limitations: Pit Bull or Pit Bull mixes only; spay/neuter, life threatening conditions and, under certain circumstances, other surgery.

WestieMed

8415 Canning Terrace, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Web: www.westiemed.org

Phone: 1-877-853-9469

Limitations: West Highland White Terriers/mixes only; one fund for congenital orthopedic conditions, one fund for other medical issues. Dog must have been recently adopted from a credible rescue source. Alternatively, funding may be available in a situation where an individual has rescued a dog who was injured or ill at the time of rescue and would like to provide a permanent home for the dog, or it is determined by a veterinarian that the dog needs medical treatment for a condition that was not readily obvious at the time of rescue. Applications must be submitted no later than 60 days after incurring the expense.

LABMED

3941 Legacy Drive, Suite 204, #A115, Plano, TX 75023

Web: www.labmed.org

Phone: (972) 208-2470

E-mail: info@labmed.org

Limitations: Abandoned and/or injured Labrador Retrievers (or Lab mixes displaying "strong Labrador characteristics") in need of rescue; medical conditions that were present at the time of rescue may be eligible for funding if the dog has been examined and a preliminary diagnosis made by a veterinarian within two weeks of the date when the dog was rescued. Medical conditions that are acquired after a dog has been rescued are not eligible for funding.

CorgiAid

c/o Joyce Trittipo, Treasurer, 4038 Cherokee Drive, Madison, WI 53711

Web: www.corgiaid.org

E-mail: grantschair@corgiaid.org

Limitations: Rescued Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, or Corgi mixes; no aid for established personal pets; aid for recently adopted dogs under certain circumstances. Expenses must have been incurred within six months of the application.

Special Needs Dobermans

P.O. Box 2496, Goldenrod, Florida 32733-2496

Web: www.doberman911.org

Phone: (302) 351-6137

E-mail: info@doberman911.org or seniors@doberman911.org (senior Dobermans)

Limitations: Senior and special needs Doberman Pinschers.

More Information & Articles

Need help caring for your pet? Resources for tough economic times

by Morieka Johnson, Mother Nature Network

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care?

by The Humane Society of the United States

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

 


Note: The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is providing the above information for informational purposes only and is in no way involved in making any determination of eligibility for financial assistance or ensuring the quality of veterinary care provided.