Help with Veterinary Costs

We’ve all been there; Our dog gets hurt and is in need of expensive treatment or surgery.

This list provides the names of programs that offer small grants that assist with your dog’s veterinary costs. Some of these programs will require that you apply for Care Credit

The Haven Humane Society,
Misty Lee Memorial Fund

This Fund offers several programs including preventive and wellness care (e.g. vaccination and deworming), spay/neutering and emergency medical care. They also offer dog training and adoption services.

Placer SPCA SOS Program

The SOS Program offers assistance for unexpected veterinary costs. A veterinarian determines if the condition, left untreated would be debilitating or result in poor quality of life for the animal. Financial assistance is available on a one-time basis only, not to exceed $500.

Paws In Need

This local Northern California Non-Profit organization provides assistance with high veterinary costs associated with urgent care of community animals and spay/neuter (Feral, stray, or owned) in the Tri-valley and surrounding areas.

The San Francisco SPCA

The SFSPCA has created several innovative programs to make veterinary care and the veterinary costs associated with it affordable to all eligible guardians. You need to meet certain eligibility requirements and live in San Francisco in order to apply. They also offer free or discounted Spay/Neuter clinics.

Santa Cruz SPCA

The Santa Cruz SPCA has several programs to aid with the costs of vaccination, spay/ neuter and other veterinary services. They also offer dog training, disaster relief and microchipping services.

Sacramento SPCA

Sacramento SPCA also offer discounted veterinary services, low-costs vaccinations and spay/neuter in Sacramento.


Provides free veterinary care to the companion animals of homeless San Franciscans and links their human guardians with health care services. Free pop-up veterinary clinics are held 12 times per year using volunteer staffing and a specially equipped mobile outreach van.

The Chester Foundation

The Chester Foundation offers veterinary care assistance in the Sacramento region.


Red Rover offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets through its Safe Escape program. The goal is to enable victims to leave a domestic violence situation without having to leave their pets behind. Grants may be provided for temporary boarding and veterinary care.

The Marin Humane Society

The Marin Humane Society’s Emergency Veterinary Assistance program as well as the SHARE (Special Human-Animal Relationships) program offers pet care assistance to low-income seniors and people with HIV/AIDS, animal- assisted therapy, and dogs helping children to read.

Napa Humane

Napa Humane has several programs and services to aid with veterinary care costs. They offer low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinics, dog training, microchipping and other services.

The Animal Welfare Assistance Group, Monterey County

Offers veterinary care assistance, spay/neuter, pet food and supplies for seniors, disabled veterans, owners of service dogs and others of Monterey County, and pet care resources and referrals.

The Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation

The Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation offers grants for pets who need oncology services nationwide.

Top Dog Foundation

The “Bentley Grant” provides financial assistance for senior dogs. The breed or breed mix is taken into consideration when defining how old a dog must be to define it as a “senior”.

Assistance Dog United Campaign

This program is operated in association with The Assistance Dog Institute.  This nonprofit organization helps people with disabilities find funding to purchase service dogs.