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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.

Phone: (877) SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692)

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

Low Cost Vet Mobile

Low-cost, full-service mobile veterinary clinic serving low- income clients in all five boroughs.

Phone: (718) 544-7387


Vetco Clinics

Low-cost microchipping (and vaccinations) are available for dogs and cats throughout the year at many Petco stores.

Veterinary Clinic of East Harlem

301 East. 110th Street, New York, NY 10029

Phone: (347) 656-1183

Dog and cat vaccinations, free exam with vaccinations, dentals, health certificates, nail trims, and ear cleanings. Spay and neuter by appointment. Euthanasia by appointment.

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:

Healthy Pets Project of NYC

Headquartered in Upper East Side

Offering free spay/neuter services, pet food, and supplies for low-income pet owners, and assistance to those facing financial hardship due to a veterinary emergency, with the goal of keeping pets in their homes. Applicants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must meet certain criteria.


P.O. Box 41, Clarksburg, NJ 08510

Phone: (609) 259-2230


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.

Kobi Fund for Vaccine Associated Sarcoma

1641 Elizabeth Lane, Yuba City, CA 95993


Limitations: Emergency financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companion with Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS), also referred to as Injection Site Sarcoma (ISS).

Magic Bullet Fund

P.O. Box 2574, Briarcliff, NY 10510


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 Onyx & Breezy Foundation

P.O. Box 857, Tuxedo, NY 10987

Limitations: You must have applied for CareCredit and been refused for partial or total costs to qualify for assistance. Grant requests accepted only for current necessary medical treatment and not assistance with previous veterinary debt.

Paws 4 A Cure

P.O. Box 1821, Wakefield, MA, 01880

Limitations: Dogs and cats only. Assistance is only provided for current emergency veterinary care and not for previous veterinary debt or ongoing treatments.

The Pet Fund

1510 19th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 443-6007


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

Pit Bull Rescue Central

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

Stewie to the Rescue

New York, NY


8415 Canning Terrace, Greenbelt, MD 20770

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.


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

Phone: (972) 208-2470


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.


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


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

Phone: (302) 351-6137

E-mail: or (senior Dobermans)

Limitations: Senior and special needs Doberman Pinschers.


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.