Financial Aid for Urgent Veterinary Care
What Is Urgent?
Our Goal is to help individuals in immediate need provide necessary veterinary care to save the life of their own animal or one they have just rescued.
We may pay a dollar amount or a percentage of the bill (as a grant or a loan) at the veterinary clinic of our choice.
This financial aid will usually cover the cost of diagnostics and simple treatment. We rarely have enough money too cover complicated treatment plans.
According to Meriam-Webster Word Central, the definition of “urgent” means:
• calling for immediate action
Johnson County Humane Society defines a veterinary emergency as:
• an animal's life-or-death situation (not routine medical care) that calls for immediate action by a veterinarian
Here are some examples of veterinary urgent care that we might fund:
• a male cat who can pee only in tiny amounts (may have a plugged urethra)
• an animal hit by a car (may have internal injuries)
• an animal with a laceration that won’t stop bleeding
Here are some examples of routine veterinary care not likely to be funded:
• vaccinations or treatment for parasites
• wellness exams or allergy shots
We are fortunate to have two 24-hour emergency vetmed clinics in our area:
Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center—319-841-5161
755 Capital Drive, SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 (map)
Emergency Veterinary Service of Iowa City—319-338-3605
3030 Northgate Drive
Iowa City, IA 52245 (map)
Care Credit—A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, they offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget. But it’s 21% interest.
Pet Health Insurance
North American Pet Health Insurance Association—an independent source to help those interested in insurance for their pets determine what pet insurance should be provided
Animal Poison Control Center—the
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
compilation of toxic plants, drugs, and information about
making your home poison safe
Before you down load our financial aid application, do some homework. Check out the web resources listed below to see if you may qualify for assistance. Explore these options first.
Online Sources of Financial Aid for Urgent Veterinary Care
Affording Vet Care?—good
ideas from HSUS
Pet Owner Aid, Spay/Neuter Resources, and Rescue Group Assistance
American Animal Hospital Association
Assistance Dog United Campaign—Operated in association with The Assistance Dog Institute, this nonprofit helps people with disabilities find funding to purchase service dogs. Phone: 800 284-DOGS (3647).
Brown Dog Foundation
Canine Cancer Awareness Org
Cody’s Club—When facing radiation for your companion animal, this group may be able to make a tough decision easier. Cody’s Club provides financial support for those who face radiation treatments on a limited income, and also emotional support services in the form of a hotline and in-person group that meets monthly.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)—Seniors, people with disabilities, people who have lost their job, good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten—any of these may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion.
God’s Creatures Ministry—Helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help
The Magic Bullet Fund—Helps people who have a dog with cancer but cannot afford treatment costs.
Modest Needs—you can INSTANTLY change the life of a low-income family by clicking ‘Learn More or Invest Points’ and authorizing Modest Needs to make the grant of your choice. If you do, we’ll fund that application instantly.
The Mosby Foundation
The Pet Fund—financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care.
RedRover Relief—Helps homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care.
Best Friends—great resource!
fears of the unknown cause an incredible amount of avoidable grief.
There is much we can do proactively that will make our inevitable
parting easier. When our pets face life-threatening problems,
we face four options:
everything possible to treat the problem;
everything possible up to a certain limit, then terminate treatment
if the response doesnt meet our needs or expectations;
any care on making the animal comfortable or ensuring her safety
(and others safety too, if necessary) rather than treating
the problem; or
the following ten questions will help you formulate advance directives
for your pet. Putting your thoughts on paper while your pet is
still alive will help you when the time comes that healthcare
decisions need to be made about her future.
do you believe your pet values the most about his life?
2. How do
you feel about death and dying?
3. Do you
believe you should do everything in your power to preserve your
pets life as long as possible?
4. If you
dont believe in prolonging your pets life as long
as possible, what physical, behavioral, or bond conditions would
cause you to either initiate or to terminate treatment?
conditions might cause you to at least temporarily treat the
conditions listed in question 4?
How much pain and risk would you be willing to put yourself, your
pet, and others through if recovery seemed likely?
7. What if
the chance of recovery were poor?
8. Would your
pets age affect your choice to treat or not treat her?
9. Would any
religious or personal views affect your treatment of your pet
if he developed serious problems?
10. Will financial
considerations affect if and how you treat your pet?
*taken from Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet, by Myrna
Aid for Urgent Veterinary Care
a limited amount of money available to help with urgent veterinary care. It is distributed on a case-by-case basis.
is to help individuals in immediate need provide necessary emergency medical care
to save the life of their own animal or one they have just rescued. Some questions
we take into consideration when evaluating each situation include:
the animals life in immediate danger?
does the problem present itself?
is the animal behaving right now?
was the last time the animal ate/drank?
much are you (the caregiver) able to help out financially or otherwise? Every little bit counts. Really.
We may pay
a dollar amount or a percentage of the bill (as a grant or a loan)
at the veterinary clinic of our choice.
Download the Financial Aid for Urgent Veterinary Care application. E-mail the completed application back to us and we will contact you.
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