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We know that our animals are very important in our lives, and sometimes there are emergencies that take us by surprise! 

For these emergencies, know that there are several non-profit (NGO) agencies that help with veterinary expenses. 


However, you have to contact each one and know the requirement to apply. There are some that only require an email where you explain what you are going through with your pet, and information from the veterinarian who will assist you. Others need a copy of the diagnosis, others need you to get some assistance from the government like health insurance or food benefits. 


You can apply for help at several agencies, and the amount they give goes straight to the clinic that is taking care of your animal. 


In an emergency, when you can't even make those calls before signing the papers assuming the expenses, you have the option of applying for theScratch PayorCare Credit. Both can be used social or ITN number to apply. Be aware that Scratch pay is stricter with credit requirements. Care credit not so much. The care credit is a card that, in addition to being able to be used for your pet's care, can also be used for dentists and plastic surgeries for you.  

Remember that if you are not approved for any card or payment method, you will have to pay a deposit in cash. In the meantime that your pet is being attended to, you can start calling and applying to these agencies and explaining the urgency of the situation. Many approve right away and get in touch with the clinic saying the amount that will contribute to the consultation. 

It's important to know that if you think your pet ate something it shouldn't have, like poison. You can call poison control and pay $75 for a phone consultation. In this consultation, they ask everything about the product/poison that your pet ingested, and give you an answer about the risk. Sometimes the poison and the amount ingested is not toxic enough to have to take it to a veterinarian and right there it saves you from an extra expense.

Here is a list of agencies that help financially:

Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals, Inc. 
Merwin Memorial Free Clinic website 

Phone: 617-782-5420 

542 Cambridge St. Allston, MA 02134 

Merwin Memorial Free Clinic offers free office visits and outpatient veterinary services, including physical exams, vaccinations, nail clipping and free medication for sick animals.


MSPCA Angell

Angell Animal Medical Center and Angell West can provide assistance for recently hospitalized, or soon to be hospitalized animals that meet prognostic requirements, and families that meet the organization's predetermined income guidelines. 

Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care 
Sampson Fund website 


Service area: Cape Cod and the Islands 

The Sampson Fund helps pay for medical care for severely ill or injured dogs and cats and dogs when their owners cannot afford the cost of treatment. 


Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic 

Tufts at Tech website 

Phone: 508-751-7670 
Tufts Veterinary School, in conjunction with the Worcester Technical High School (WTHS) veterinary care program, runs a low-cost primary care clinic at WTHS on Skyline Drive in Worcester, MA. Clinical services include vaccinations, check-ups, stable urgent care, simple surgeries, diagnostics and dentistry, all at low cost. 
The clinic serves pet owners in the Greater Worcester area who cannot afford veterinary care. To qualify, you must have an ID card from the WIC, SNAP, the Worcester Housing Authority or other qualified Housing Authority, or a WTHS student ID, and photo ID. See Tufts at Tech Financial Policies for more information. 



Wellness Waggin'

Wellness Waggin' website 

Phone: 857-350-8720 

The Animal Rescue League of Boston has partnered with Action for Boston Community Development to provide low-cost pet welfare care for residents of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. A wellness package is offered which includes physical vaccinations, vaccinations against wildebeests, flea treatment and a microchip. Consultations are free. 



MSPCA – Angell at Nashoba  

 Angell at Nashoba website 
The clinic offers services such as discounted neutering, vaccinations and basic veterinary care. 
The clinic has no restrictions on where people live. 



Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic

Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic website 

Phone: 978-516-0888 

218 State Rd. And Westminster, MA 01473 
Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic provides veterinary services for dogs and cats from resource-limited families within the Monty Tech district (Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Barre, Fitchburg, Gardner, Harvard, Holden, Hubbardston, Lunenburg, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Sterling, Templeton, Westminster and Winchendon). 
The clinic offers subsidized veterinary care ranging from routine preventive consultations and affordable medications and vaccines to diagnostic and dental services. 
To qualify, a pet owner must: (1) Present a valid EBT card, issued by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, and a corresponding valid ID (2) Reside in one of the cities listed above._cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_



Luke & Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic 
Luke & Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic website 

Phone: 508-887-4326 

200 Westboro Rd. North Grafton, MA 01536 

The Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic (LSNC) provides students at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University with surgical training opportunities while serving pets in need. For low-income pet owners in the surrounding community, the clinic offers a free neuter clinic. 
Availability is limited and requirements must be met for a pet to be eligible. 


Lilly Fund Grant 
 Lilly's Fund website 

Offers payments of $250 for pit bull related needs. 

Henry & Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals 

Henry & Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals website 

Phone: 508-839-5395 

55 Willard St. N. Grafton, MA 01536 
Henry and Lois Foster Small Animal Hospital is part of Tufts Cummings Veterinary Medical Center. The hospital offers 24-hour pet care 365 days a year and offers consultation, referral and emergency veterinary services for the care of dogs, cats and exotic animals. 
The hospital has no restrictions on where people live. 




The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to pet owners who cannot afford the expensive surgery or medical treatment their pets need. Helps cover medical costs in addition to the usual expenses for vaccinations, vaccinations and neutering surgeries, feeding and routine veterinary care. 
Red Rover helps pet owners care for their animals in life-threatening situations.  and domestic violence: 
Brown Dog Foundation offers pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative when their pet faces a treatable but life-threatening condition or illness. 
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance provides financial assistance to cat owners who cannot afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes. 
Canine Cancer Awareness. Helps dog owners pay for veterinary care for dogs with cancer. 
The Mosby Foundation helps injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education. 
Magic Bullet Fund provides financial assistance for canine cancer treatment when the family is financially unable to provide treatment. 
God's Creatures Ministry Veterinarian Charity Fund spreads God's compassion to all animals God made according to scripture. Help with up to $50.00 towards vet bills. 
Frankie's Friends provides financial assistance grants for family pets in need of emergency or specialty veterinary care whose caregivers cannot afford the full cost of care. 
The Binky Foundation 
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation 
Paws 4 A Cure 
Pets of the Homeless provide pet food and veterinary assistance to homeless people. 
Rose's Fund 
Harley's Hope Foundation 

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