We strongly recommend you call everyone on the list below ASAP, leave messages and answer your phone when you are called back. Most volunteers from these organizations call from their own phones which are usually blocked numbers. Do not miss a phone call as they may not call back. Be persistent in calling the groups until you get a response. Many people who call the numbers provided are successful in getting donations to help with their vet expenses so their pets can be treated.
Have you applied for Care Credit? This credit card allows no interest for 6-12 months. Visit http://www.carecredit.com/contact.html or call (800) 677-0718 to apply for a Care Credit card. For more information on choosing Care Credit for help with your vet bill please click this link.
Have you considered having a yard sale ASAP? Including anything you haven't worn or used in the last 6-12 months can bring in several hundred dollars.
When contacting organizations for donations, they will want the following information:
- Your name, address, telephone number
- Your vet's name, telephone number
- Your pet's name, age, breed, if neutered/spayed
- The cost of treatment
- The amount that you are able to pay for your pet's treatment
- Proof of financial hardship: bank statement/ pay stub/ government issued proof of aid.
Please keep us posted on your pet's progress as soon as you can. We will keep your pet in our thoughts and prayers.
Animal Assistance League of Orange County
Humane Center (714) 893-4393
Pet Helpline (714) 891-7387
Other Sources of Financial Aid
OC Animal Allies (formerly OCSPCA), OC residents only – 714-964-4445
Actors & Others for Animals – 818-755-6045
American Animal Hospital Association (vet must call for client) – 866-443-5738
Red Rover (must file online)
Amanda Foundation – 310-278-2935
Feline Vet Emergency Assistance
IMOM (life-threatening emergencies only)
The Pet Fund – 916-443-6007
Pet Assistance Foundation – 877-772-9738
Angels 4 Animals – 916-941-9119
Saddleback Valley Humane Society (South OC residents only) – 949-262-5859
Voice for Animals – 310-392-5153
Onxy & Breezy Foundation – 201-782-7400
Magic Bullet Foundation (cancer-related)
The Mosby Foundation (non-emergencies)
Sam Simon Foundation (non-emergency surgeries free if you qualify, check here for types of surgeries covered: http://ssfmobileclinic.org/free-surgery-clinic/) – 888-364-7729
FACE (www.face4pets.org) – 858-450-3223
Pets are Wonderful Support – 415-979-9550
PAWS San Diego (San Diego area residents only)
PAWS Los Angeles (Los Angeles area residents only)
Give Forward (a personal fundraising page; part of GoFundMe)
Go Fund Me
Facebook fundraising – http://apps.facebook.com/fundrazr and Fundraising Tool, Tips & Resources
Care Credit (www.carecredit.com) – 866-893-7864
Wells Fargo Health Advantage (ask your vet if he has this option) – 800-248-5012
California Department of Social Services Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program: This program, available to residents of California, will provide $50 monthly toward the care of registered service dogs. – 916- 657-2628
Labrador Harbor (Texas only, for Labs only)
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 animals.
Link to Department of Veterans Affairs FAQ page on service dogs
All Pets Wellness Foundation
Star Relief and Pet Assistance
Shakespeare Animal Fund (Nevada only)
Paws 4 a Cure
Animal Health Foundation
Pet Assistance Foundation (spay/neuter aid)
Brown Dog Foundation
Handicapped Pets (wheelchairs)
Waggle (fundraising platform)
Frosted Faces Foundation – The Frosted Faces Foundation primarily provides veterinary care required to maintain and enhance the quality of life for senior animals. They also help with food, supplies, training, grooming, pet deposits, emergency boarding, fence repairs, and impound fees. Click here to complete a financial aid application.
For help raising money for vet bills, please contact Free Animal Doctor (Freeanimaldoctor.org), an organization that is separate from the Animal Assistance League. They are located in Pasadena, CA. If you follow their instructions they will help you raise the money you need for your medical needs.
Information about Therapy Dogs
The benefits of having a therapy dog: for more information click here.